Compact Nation Podcast
“Have you heard the joke about the three community engagement directors getting into an elevator?”
–Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact President, in Episode 1, Compact Nation Podcast
Tune in for conversations with leading community engagement professionals, book and literature reviews, discussions of important topics in the field, and maybe the answer to what happens when a few community engagement professionals step into an elevator–or start a podcast.
#CompactNation LIVE: Tune in to this special episode of #CompactNationPod, recorded live from Campus Compact’s 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis. Listen in as our hosts are joined by Brian Gogan, assistant professor in rhetoric and writing studies in the Department of English at Western Michigan University, Azuri Gonzalez, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Mark Wilson, Director of Civic Learning Initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, to talk about dialogue, Civic Action Planning, and highlights from the national conference.
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Are you smarter than a sixth grader? For a change of pace, this episode we interviewed Chicago sixth-grader Theo Schuler. Theo was looking for people who host podcasts to interview for his school’s “Genius Hour” project. Co-host Emily Shields shared her insights and asked him a few questions in return. We delved into Theo’s views on education, his plans for college and beyond, and what sixth graders are talking about in the lunch room. The hosts also shared what they were like in sixth grade and, well, it got weird.
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Tune in to this episode of #CompactNationPod for a discussion about corporate social responsibility and community engagement with Compact Nation Podcast co-host Emily Shields and Mandi McReynolds, Director of the Foundation and Community Relations at Principal Financial Group, a global company based in Des Moines, Iowa. McReynolds is a former higher education community engagement professional and talks about her transition to the corporate sector. The two also discussed similarities and differences between the sectors and ideas for building strong private-public partnerships. Plus, in pop-culture corner, co-hosts pretend to understand Bitcoin and blockchain, discuss the power of forgiveness, and consider whether assessment actually works.
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Tune in to this episode of #CompactNationPod for a lively discussion about student workforce development with Compact Nation Podcast co-host Andrew Seligsohn and Paul Markham, founding partner at Sova Solutions. The two discuss Sova Solutions’ work of helping institutions to create clear, supportive pathways for students and finding the balance between comprehensive institutional support and student choice. They also discuss the concept of the “citizen professional” and the importance of viewing students in a holistic way that addresses both preparation for the workforce and their civic lives. Plus, in pop-culture corner, co-host J.R. Jamison and guest host Josh Todd talk about representation in the media with winter Olympian Adam Rippon and the newly released movie, Black Panther.
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True Stories of Engagement: In our eleventh episode of the second season, Co-Host J.R. Jamison sat down with award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter of Trilogy Films to discuss storytelling for the public good. They also make a stop off in Pop Culture Corner to talk soccer, books, and cell phones. What do these three things have in common? Community. Listen now and weigh in online using #CompactNationPod.
From Partnerships to Transformative Impact: This time on #CompactNationPod, Co-host Andrew Seligsohn is joined by Dr. Kenneth Reardon, an engaged scholar and city planning expert at University of Massachusetts Boston and our 2017 Ehrlich Award recipient. Listen in as they discuss his history of challenging & inspiring students to work collaboratively with communities and how strong relationships between higher ed and community members can lead to positive change. They also address the critical issue of gentrification and displacement in America’s growing cities and some of the ways communities in Boston have been successful facing this challenge. Plus, our three regular co-hosts talk resources and share some wishes for the new year. Listen now and weigh in online using #CompactNationPod.
Newman Civic Fellows in Action: In the ninth episode of our second season, Co-Host Andrew Seligsohn and Campus Compact Housing Partnerships Coordinator and AmeriCorps VISTA Caity Vogt sit down with Natural Breeden and Lindsey Earl, two Newman Civic Fellows visiting Boston for the Newman Civic Fellows National Conference. Listen in as they discuss their work to combat housing insecurity, food insecurity and other poverty-related issues facing students in higher education. Plus, catch up with Campus Compact of the Mountain West with guest host Stephanie Schooley and take a stop in Pop Culture Corner to talk Time’s person of the year, Broadchurch, and Citizen: An American Lyric. Listen now and weigh in online using #CompactNationPod.
Talking it out, deliberative dialogue in higher education: In our eighth episode of the second season, Co-Hosts Emily Shields and Andrew Seligsohn sat down with author and scholar Timothy Shaffer about his work and research in deliberative dialogue, including his new book “Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement.” We discussed what it really takes to embed dialogue in campus and community work and some ideas for making it more effective. We also took a detour from the usual pop culture conversation to review Thanksgiving traditions, including Andrew’s recipe for turkey that doesn’t suck. Listen now and weigh in online using #CompactNationPod.
Strengthening Democracy for a Healthier Society: In our seventh episode of the second season, Co-Host J.R. Jamison sat down with our own Andrew Seligsohn, President of Campus Compact, to discuss how the organization is responding to the current climate in the country by bringing people together through dialogue, programs, and shared missions. They also make a stop off in Pop Culture Corner to talk Stranger Things and Man in the High Castle. Listen now and weigh in online using #CompactNationPod.
Cultural Competency and Community-Centric Fundraising Meets the Golden Girls: In our sixth episode of the second season, Co-Host J.R. Jamison sat down with Vu Le, Founder and lead writer of Nonprofit AF (formerly Nonprofit with Balls), to discuss cultural competency and nonprofits and how the field can better support college students preparing for careers in the nonprofit world. Also in this episode we discuss donor-centric fundraising vs. community-centric, and we reveal our Golden Girls personalities. Is Andrew Stanley? Emily Blanche? J.R. Rose? Listen now to find out, and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod.
This episode we sat down with Stephen Black, the director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama and the founder and director of Impact America. We talked about the need for connectedness and empathy in our democracy and on campus and how community engagement efforts can change culture to make change. Co-host Emily Shields is joined by guest host, Leslie Garvin, Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact who brings her deep knowledge of community engagement on campuses and dystopian television dramas. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod.
Making the commitment to democracy at the community’s college: In this episode we continue our conversation about “nontraditional students” by talking with Verdis Robinson, the first National Director of The Democracy Commitment (TDC). TDC is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to advancing democracy in higher education, and to make democratic skills available to all individuals who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state, and national discourse and action. To such end TDC provides a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic learning and democratic engagement. We discussed what makes community college engagement different and what it is imperative to support it. We also shared new resources that can support your work on campus right away. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Nontraditional Students and Community Engagement: In our third episode of the second season, Co-Host J.R. Jamison sat down with Dr. Suzanne Buglione, Dean of Teaching and Learning at Bristol Community College, to discuss how to define nontraditional students and what the field can do to better support what is now nearly 50% of the population on college campuses. Also in this episode, we introduce our first Guest Host, Sinda Nichols, and we talk all things Pop Culture Corner. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
What’s in a name? In our second episode of the second season, Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn sat down with Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College in New York and Chair of the National Campus Compact Board of Directors. Guarasci talked about his role as a leader both on his campus and beyond and the importance of using language that brings more people to the table. We also debut our new ending segment where we share resources you can use in your work today! Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Andrew Seligsohn, president of Campus Compact; Emily J. Shields, executive director of Iowa Campus Compact; and J.R. Jamison, executive director of Indiana Campus Compact introduce the Compact Nation Podcast. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
During this episode of the Compact Nation Podcast we have conversations with Duquesne University’s Lina Dostilio. Lina is the Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, an author, and a Campus Compact Scholar in Residence. We also hear from President Andrew Seligsohn on the importance of professional development for Community Engagement staff, and the professional credentialing program Campus Compact has in the works. Finally, we get a rare look into the past life of President Andrew Seligsohn, as a sports and science writer for elementary school students at Scholastic Magazine. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
With the presidential election right around the corner, the third episode of the Compact Nation Podcast brings you conversations with Nancy Thomas, who directs research on higher education’s role in American democracy at Tufts University’s Tisch College, including the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Tune in to find out what makes students vote, how we can build collective democratic capacity, and what this means for engagement in all of our communities on this election season special of the Compact Nation Podcast. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Join us for the fourth episode of the Compact Nation Podcast as we talk with writer and activist Ashley C. Ford about the role of listening and empathy in higher education and community engagement. Learn about Ashley’s story — beginning as a student at Ball State University — her work today inside and outside of higher education, and her efforts to take on systemic inequality. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Tune in for the first episode of 2017! We look back at the triumphs and struggles we — as a community of engagement professionals — experienced in 2016, and we talk about what we are looking forward to in 2017. During this episode we also check in with three of our state compact executive directors to learn about new and innovative approaches to this work they are taking in 2017. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Tune in this month as we talk with Robin Saha, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and 2016 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Civically Engaged Faculty, for his work in environmental and social justice, as well as the importance of community engagement. We also talk with Yaz Najeebi, a student at Green Mountain College and one of our Newman Civic Fellows about their work in the field of environmental justice, and their views on the importance of diversity both inside and outside the classroom. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
This month on the Compact Nation Podcast our hosts talk with Tania D. Mitchell, assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. They tackle the role of social justice in higher education, calling for higher education to adopt a “social change mindset and framework.” Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Join us this month for discussions on documenting and publishing engaged scholarship. We delve into the role engaged scholarship can play in creating a more just and equitable society with leading engaged scholars Cathy Jordan and Andrew Furco from the University of Minnesota. Learn about how these scholars are breaking down the barriers of traditional knowledge dissemination and changing the game in pursuit of equity. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Join us this month on the Compact Nation Podcast for conversations on bridging the Rural / Urban divide with leading expert Kathy Cramer, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Director for the Morgridge Center for Public Service. She and our host Emily Shields discuss her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, and strategies for respectfully leading engagement work in rural communities. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
This month on #CompactNationPod, Andrew Seligsohn and Marina Kim, executive director of Ashoka U, discuss social innovation. Kim explains and how Ashoka U has worked to make sure students learn about social change in order to participate in the social innovation process and contribute as change-makers. We also explore the transition from social entrepreneurship to social innovation, and how that change has expanded the roles students can play in contributing to social impact. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
This month #CompactNationPod comes to you live from the Midwest Regional Conference at Loyola University in Chicago! Joining our hosts for our first live episode is Byron White, Vice President and Executive Director of the StrivePartnership. White and our hosts dive into conversation about ways institutions can best work with communities from an asset-based framework and how to find resources where you might not expect them. Hear about equity in community engagement work, best moments from the conference, and more in this month’s episode! Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Bonus Episode Archive
In the first ever bonus episode of the Compact Nation Podcast Andrew Seligsohn and Nancy Thomas explore the implications for faculty on academic freedom, and for students on free speech, in the recent ruling of Pompeo v. Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico by the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. As the case is explored, they discuss the relationship between democracy and higher education, as well as the fine line between free speech and academic freedom. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
In this special bonus episode of the Compact Nation Podcast, we’re sharing an episode of Socratic Method specialist Christopher Phillips’ podcast, Socrates Cafe.
During this episode titled “A Compact for America” Campus Compact President (and Compact Nation Podcast co-host) Andrew Seligsohn and Phillips discuss the idea of forming a compact as a nation, in the hopes of making a positive impact on our lives. They explore the intricacies of how a compact of that magnitude might look, how one would go about extending one effectively beyond the boundaries of colleges and universities in an inclusive way to members of neighboring communities. Tune in and explore with us all we have to gain from making the walls of colleges and universities more permeable to the thoughts and discourse of people from both inside and outside academia. Listen now and weigh in on the conversation online using #CompactNationPod
Meet the Podcast Team
Emily J. Shields has served as executive director of Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) since 2011. She is the co-chair of the National Campus Compact Network Operations Committee and serves on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the Grinnell College Prize Review Committee, and the Grand View University Business School Advisory Council.An Iowa native, she has two toddlers and lives with her partner in Des Moines, Iowa. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, playing outside, supporting progressive candidates, and bossing people around.
J.R. Jamison has spent nearly two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. He is the Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact, the Co-Founder and Chief Storytelling Officer of The Facing Project, and he serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He seeks to connect people to create understanding across difference, and he likes peanut butter and puppies — but not together.