Call for Proposals

Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration, and Critical Perspectives

The last day to submit proposals was February 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).


The Campus Compacts of the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin invite proposals for the 2019 Midwest Campus Compact Conference, which will take place May 29 – 31, 2019, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Whether you are new to community-engaged learning and scholarship and curious about learning the basics of community-campus partnerships, or you are a seasoned engaged scholar or community engagement professional who is seeking innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide you with they opportunity to learn, explore, connect, leaving prepared for bold and thoughtful action.

Each session proposal should relate to the conference theme: Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration, and Critical Perspectives.

We are focused on the ways in which our community-campus partnerships are able to address the concerns and impact the lives of those living in communities throughout the Midwest. Evidence of these partnerships is more than simply adding more community-engaged courses, research projects, and programs, but rather it involves a greater understanding of the identities that shape our work. Including fostering more inclusive and equitable spaces for collaboration, supporting multiple forms of changemaking, rewarding the production of multiple forms of scholarly products, and integrating a sense of civic agency and responsibility into the core of our institutional cultures.


Request for Proposals Released:       October 30, 2018
Submission Deadline:                          February 8, 2019
Notifications of Acceptance:              March 18, 2019
Presenters Confirm Attendance:       April 1, 2019

If you have questions regarding the request for proposal process please contact Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development with Indiana Campus Compact at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu.


60 minutes, presented on Thursday & Friday, May 30 – 31, 2019

We are seeking presentations that will inform or advance the study and practice of all forms of community-engaged learning and scholarship in higher education. Sessions should allow attendees to engage in learning and discussion on a particular topic and share best practices through creativity while providing an active-learning opportunity with clear deliverables and concrete “take-a-ways” for participants. Formats can range from:

  • Community Conversations
    • An opportunity to explore a topic of interest with colleagues from across stakeholder groups.
    • Session facilitator should plan approximately 10 minutes to frame the context of the conversation and 50 minutes of mutual examination and dialogue on the proposed topic or themes with proposed initial questions.
    • This session format can be adapted for a panel discussion, exploring future research questions/topics, and/or opportunities to explore new areas of the field.
  • Issue-Focused Session
    • Addresses specific public issues and/or issues within higher education and how service-learning and/or community engagement can contribute towards change.
    • Session leaders are expected to draw on their own and others’ work as they invite participants to engage in dialogue.
  • Knowledge Creation Session
    • Community-based research and/or scholarship of engagement presentations that cultivate the knowledge of stakeholders from all perspective in community engagement work.
    • Session leaders are expected to draw on their research as they guide participants on the ways this knowledge can be used to further the field.
  • Skill-Building Session
    • Focuses on particular tasks or techniques, how these can be useful to various stakeholders, and be applied in the participants’ settings.
    • Session leaders are expected to present some relevant knowledge, experiences, and resources, while also engaging participants in interactive work of some kind that supports their learning and application of the skill(s).
  • Story Session
    • Reflects the genuine and authentic experiences of the presenters by emphasizing sharing valuable lessons through telling stories from each stakeholder’s perspective.
    • Session leaders should consider including stories of “what didn’t work and why,” strategies for addressing the challenges discussed, as well as stories of success and how similar strategies can be implemented.


Proposals must be submitted via the online submission tool at The information below is for preview and preparation purposes only.

  1. Lead Presenter Information: Provide the following information for the lead session presenter:
    1. Name (First & Last)
    2. Institution/Organization
    3. Professional Title
    4. Email
    5. Phone Number
  2. Presentation Format: Select a presentation format that best fits your proposal
    1. Concurrent Session: Community Conversation (60 minute, presented on May 30 – 31, 2019)
    2. Concurrent Session: Issue-Focused Session (60 minute, presented on May 30 – 31, 2019)
    3. Concurrent Session: Knowledge Creation Session (60 minute, presented on May 30 – 31, 2019)
    4. Concurrent Session: Skill-Building Session (60 minute, presented on May 30 – 31, 2019)
    5. Concurrent Session: Story Session (60 minute, presented on May 30 – 31, 2019)
  3. Session Title:
  4. Session Abstract: Summary of your session that will motivate conference attendees to attend. (This will be included in the conference program. Not to exceed 50 words.)
  5. Session Description: Describe your session. Be sure to include the purpose, objectives, partners, and impacts. (Not to exceed 250 words; not required for Community Conversations formatted sessions.)
  6. Community Conversations* Framing Questions: Provide an outline of the contextual framing for and the initial questions that will be used during the proposed session. Be sure to include why this topic should be discussed during this gathering and in this format. (Not to exceed 250 words; *only for Community Conversations formatted sessions.)
  7. Session Objectives: Please address what knowledge, skills or understanding attendees will gain from the presentation by completing the sentence, “After attending this session, participants will…” (Include up to 5 objectives.)
  8. Session Outline and Activities: Provide an outline of your session, including a brief description of the activities that will be included in your session and the amount of time spent on each aspect of the session. This is meant to help you conceptually map out your session to ensure time for active participation, Q & A, dialogue, etc. (Not to exceed 300 words)
  9. Conference Thematic Alignment: Please indicate how the presentation fits with the theme: Dispatches from the Midwest: Community, Collaboration, and Critical Perspectives. (Not to exceed 100 words.)
  10. Thematic Alignment: Please mark the thematic threads that apply to your session:
    1. Anchor and place-based initiatives
    2. Building capacity and resources
    3. Community college initiatives
    4. Dialogue across differences
    5. Education for democratic engagement
    6. Exploring power, privilege and positionality
    7. High impact community engagement practices
    8. Inspiring and mobilizing action
  11. Intended Audience: Please mark the intended audience for this session.
    1. Community College Stakeholders
    2. Community Engagement Professionals (professional staff)
    3. Community Partners/Members
    4. Faculty
    5. Senior Administrators
    6. Students
  12. Additional Session Presenters: Provide the following information for each additional session presenter (up to 4):
    1. Name
    2. Institution/Organization
    3. Professional Title
    4. Email
  13. Session Presenter Expertise: Provide information on the relevant expertise and experience of each session presenter. (Not to exceed 50 words per presenter.)


All submissions will be peer reviewed. 

The following is representative of how all proposals will be reviewed.

  • Do the title and abstract match the session description?
  • Is the proposal clear and concise—does the proposal provide detail, organization and focus within the constraints of the 250 word session description?
  • Does the intended audience designations correlate with the description?
  • Are the objectives clearly stated?
  • Does the proposal create a clear picture of how this presentation will flow?
  • Are the content and/or skills discussed relevant to the intended audience?
  • Are there opportunities for audience interaction?
  • Can the objectives be met and activities completed within the session length?
  • Is the format selected appropriate for the proposal?
  • Does the proposal show originality and insight—is it thought provoking, cutting-edge or groundbreaking?
  • Is the session based in theory, research, and/or practice? (e.g., A clear theoretical, empirical, or pedagogical framework, with explicit justifications displaying knowledge of the state of the field.)


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Campus Compact and all regional and state Campus Compact affiliates are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field and in our broader culture. We strive to make all events safe and welcoming spaces that value the contributions of a diversity of people, spark critical reflection, provide multiple ways to learn, and engage and recognizes various identities and their intersections, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, education level, political affiliation, veteran status, age, and disability. Our goal is to create an environment that demonstrates this commitment and, to this end, we welcome proposals that bring a variety of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds to our conversation.