We know that the opportunity to connect with peers from across the country is one of the things the Compact Network values most about our national conferences. Since we can't gather in person this year, we're building in opportunities for virtual networking and conversation.

This is the “virtual hallway”—the place where you can have conversations with authors, ask questions about products and technologies that will support your work, learn about and share resources, and connect with each other.

To join in the fun, you'll need to sign up to be a part of the Compact20 Slack workspace. Click the button below to get started.

Need some pointers? Find Slack tips and tricks below!

Getting Started in Slack

If you're new to Slack, don't worry! It's a very simple tool that can be accessed from any device. Joining will allow you to communicate with peers from across the country in a series of focused conversations. Here's what you need to do to get started:

1. Join our Workspace
Three weeks before the Virtual Conference we will provide a link that will allow you to join the Compact20 Slack workspace. This is where the networking will happen! Click the link to set up your account.

 

2. Set up your profile
Follow the prompts to set up your account. Adding information like your job title, institution name, and a clear profile photo
 will help other people in the Compact20 Slack workspace learn more about you. We expect a lot of people to join the channel, so at this point, be sure to set notifications to your liking. We recommend selecting minimal or no notifications for this workspace.

3. Find a channel
Conversations in Slack are organized in channels. When we're closer to the Virtual Gathering, Campus Compact will set up channels specifically for conversations around topics like voting, dialogue & deliberation, and more (see a list below)! Try getting started with the #intros channel to introduce yourself, or use the navigation bar on the left side of the screen for more. Once you're there, simply use the text box to start chatting!

Still need a bit more help? Slack offers an in-depth guide for those who are just getting started. Once you're in Slack, you can also use the #help channel to get tips and pointers from Compact staff.

Already use Slack? Here's how you can add the Compact20 workspace to your existing account.

1. Access Slack
If you have the Slack application downloaded, open it. Click on the plus sign (+) located at the bottom of your existing workspace icons. You'll be brought to a browser window. Enter "compact20" as the workspace URL.

If you prefer to use Slack in an internet browser, simply visit https://join.slack.com/t/compact20/shared_invite/zt-dtb6gz5d-Fpimh1oUIB2HmkrPBVWo0A to get started.

2. Set up your profile
Follow the prompts to set up your account. Adding information like your job title, institution name, and a clear profile photo
 will help other people in the Compact20 Slack workspace learn more about you. We expect a lot of people to join the channel, so at this point, be sure to set notifications to your liking. We recommend selecting minimal or no notifications for this workspace.

3. Find a channel
Conversations in Slack are organized in channels. When we're closer to the Virtual Gathering, Campus Compact will set up channels specifically for conversations around topics like voting, dialogue & deliberation, and more (see a list below)! Try getting started with the #intros channel to introduce yourself, or use the navigation bar on the left side of the screen for more. Once you're there, simply use the text box to start chatting!

Still need a bit more help? Slack offers an in-depth guide for those who are just getting started. Once you're in Slack, you can also use the #help channel to get tips and pointers from Compact staff.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in our virtual networking is expected to abide by our code of conduct. If you find a participant in virtual networking using offensive language or harassing others, please report them to Compact staff immediately or submit an anonymous complaint on our Code of Conduct page.

Channels

During the Compact Chats, we'll enable channels for structured conversation around a variety of topics. Learn more about available channels below so you can prioritize your networking time!

  • #deliberative-dialogue
    Join Up to Us in a conversation about dialogue and deliberation, fiscal policy, and opportunities for your campus to get involved inthe Campus Competition. Sponsored by Up to Us.
     
  • #student-voting ensuring high student voter turnout in November and beyond 
    Join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for a conversation about student voting and what institutions should be doing between now and November to ensure high student turnout rates.
     
  • #publishing-and-publications advice from authors, journal editors and Stylus Publishing
    Learn more about what new and exciting books from Campus Compact and how you might go about getting your own work published. John von Knorring, president and publisher of Stylus Publishing, will be present to answer your questions. Also joining will be Marshall Welch and Star Plaxton-Moore, co-authors of the recent book, The Craft of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: A Guide for Faculty Development (Campus Compact, 2019).
     
  • #global-education
    Learn about the global programs offered by the SIT Graduate Institute and discuss the current state of global education with SIT staff. Sponsored by the School for International Training Graduate Institute
     
  • #compact2learn capturing student civic learning data
    Learn more about the Compact2Learn tool for capturing student civic and community participation and learning. Discuss how your campus can utilize this technology with Liaison program leads. Sponsored by Compact2Learn
     
  • #cep-credentialing Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program
    Join to ask questions and learn more about the purposes and benefits of participation in Campus Compact’s new credentialing program. What does it mean to be certified? How does one apply for and earn certification? What range of opportunities are available for individuals to enhance their learning and advance their careers as a community engagement professional? Clayton Hurd, director of professional learning for Campus Compact, will be on hand to answer these questions and any others you may have about credentialing and learning opportunities for community engagement professionals.
     
  • #national-service AmeriCorps and other national service programs 
    Join for a conversation about national service and higher education civic and community engagement. Learn more about some of the Campus Compact national service programs being run across the country and learn how you can get involved.
     
  • #online-learning Bringing engaged teaching and learning online 
    Today more than ever, it’s important that we explore how we can continue the work of engaged teaching and learning online. Join to share ideas and learn from colleagues who are doing this work across the country.
     
  • #ask-campus-compact Campus Compact programs, initiatives, events, and more!
    Chat with Campus Compact staff to learn a little bit more about what we’re doing. Find tools, resources, and more to bring back to your campus.
     
  • #social-innovation
    Join College for Social Innovation, as well as authors Amanda McBride and Eric Myln, for a conversation about higher education, social innovation, and civic engagement. Learn about the Semester in the City program and more! Sponsored by College for Social Innovation.
     
  • #love
    Join the panelists from the L.O.V.E. (Living Out of Value of Equity) panel to discuss the intersection of equity and engagement.
     
  • #placebasedengagement
    This channel is for discussion about place-based initiatives and is hosted by the Place-Based Justice Network. The PBJN is a learning community committed to transforming higher education and our communities - join the conversation here.

Troubleshooting

Need more help with Slack? Try our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to some common technical challenges.