Compact20 Cancelation

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Compact20, our biennial national conference and all related events, has been canceled. Read more >

Compact20 takes place over the course of four days. The conference portion will feature over 100 sessions focused on civic engagement, community-engaged research, civic- and service-learning, institutional change, university-community partnerships and more. Join us the day before for the Biennial Summit of Presidents and Chancellors and our newest event, the Campus Compact Impact Awards Celebration, where we will celebrate individual and institutional impact.
These four days promise lots of room for learning and great opportunities for networking with faculty, staff, senior administrators, students, and community partners all dedicated to harnessing the power of higher education to achieve future with full participation for all.

Special Events

Presidents & chancellors will come together for inspiration and practical work on higher education’s role in creating an economy, a society, and a democracy with full participation.
This new annual event from Campus Compact will recognize the achievement of individuals and institutions in advancing the public purposes of higher education.
There are several unique opportunities available to conference attendees. Join us Sunday for pre-conference sessions or Monday for a tour of the community.


1:00 PM
4:00 PM
Pre-conference intensive
Pre-conference session: How Knowledge Claims can be Unjust and What We can do about It
Pre-conference session: Learning from Seattle (and Other Cities): Place-Based Community Engagement for Justice and Equity
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
8:30 AM
10:00 AM
General Sessison
General session
Keynote: Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and Civic Evangelist
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
10:00 AM
1:00 PM
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
Large breakouts
Large breakout
The Quest for Authentic Community Engagement: How Market Forces Shape Community Engagement and What to Do About It
Getting Students to Vote—How You Can Help Overcome the Barriers
CAP 2.0: Strategically Implementing and Assessing an Institutional Civic Action Plan
Rewarding Public-Facing Scholars and their Scholarship: Epistemic Equity as a Lens for Policy Change
Attention Is the Scarcity: A New Approach to Civic Digital Literacy
12:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Learning by Giving: Experiential Philanthropy, Equity, and Democracy
Lessons Learned from a Place-Based Initiative Pilot Year
Measuring Mutual Benefit and Reciprocity in Community Engagement and Public Service Activities
Raising Voices with Action Research: Collaborative Inquiry with Urban Community Partners
Dialogue and Civil Discourse: Developing Skills and Dispositions for Dialogue across Difference
Surveying the Syllabus: What Syllabi Communicate about Service-Learning at Four-Year Institutions
Increasing Voter Participation of Vulnerable Populations to Promote Social and Economic Justice
Equity Begins with Your Syllabus: The Key to a Learning-Centered Service Learning Environment
Honoring Ways of Knowing for Biocultural Restoration and Resilience in the Face of Climate Change
Leveraging Democratic Leadership through Student Engagement Scholars: Empowering Self & Community
Problem-Solving and Information Literacy: Complex Thinking about Social Issues in Service-Learning
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Florida Civic Fellows Program: Pilot Effort Brings College Civic Ed Programming to H.S. Students
Practical Strategies for Addressing Microaggressions in Community Engagement
The Promise of Pluralism: Civic Engagement's Relation to Interfaith Learning and Development
Moving from Expert-Driven to Community-Engaged Models of Community Partnerships in the STEM Fields
A Call to Action: Media Literacy as Part of Higher Education's Public Purpose
Pitfalls and Possibilities for Global Partnerships and Critical Pedagogy in Global Service Learning
How to Move Beyond Service & Voting: Alternative Breaks for Deepening Civic & Democratic Engagement
Developing and Assessing High-Impact, Classroom-Integrated Service Learning Projects
Deliberation for our Shared Future: Building Student Civic Learning through Dialogue
Promoting Equity and Social Justice through Sustainability
Reacting to the Past: Democratizing the Classroom through Historical Role Playing Games
3:30 PM
4:15 PM

Extended break

Book Signing
Poster Session
Poster presentations
4:15 PM
5:15 PM
General session
General session
Higher Education's Role in Building Sustainable Civic Learning Ecosystems
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
8:30 AM
9:30 AM
General session
General session
Reclaiming our Civic Purpose
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Innovative Strategies for Engaging Adult Learners through Leadership Development Programming
Capture Student Civic Action and Learning with Compact2Learn
Rooted in Place: Practicing Anti-Oppression, Integrity and Humility for the Long Haul
Dialogue as a Tool to Develop Collaborative Partnerships for Community Impact
Effective Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion against Neoliberalism
Professional Credentialing Program: Opportunities for Growing the Field and Institutionalizing Community Engagement
From the Ferguson Uprising to Aspired Democracy: What Did We Learn About Fulfilling the Promise?
Next Steps in Supporting and Retaining Community Engaged Scholars
An Equity Lens on Voting: Espousing an Intersectional Perspective for Voter Parity
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Gathering Towards Action Again: Reflecting on Two Years of Communities of Practice for Community-Based Participatory Research
Community Engagement in the Technical Disciplines
Developing a Statement on Free Speech and Expression
PICCE: A Case-Study of Leveraging Inter-Institutional Assets to Grow Community Engagement
Challenging Individualism: Designing Inclusive, Collective, and Sustainable Partnerships
Decolonizing Engaged Scholarship: The 2019 Ehrlich and Lynton Award Recipients in Conversation
Service after the Storm: Engaged Disaster Response at Carolina
All Voices Matter: Exploring Justice Through Inclusive Education
The Wild Difference: Hearing Voices of Small Farmers and Endangered Plants in Downeast Maine
No More ‘One and Done’: Engaging departments for collectivizing and sustaining impact
The Arc of Citizenship Bends Toward Justice When We Work Alongside Communities
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
When the Firestorm Transforms: Becoming the Community Partner
Lessons from a Democratic Engagement and Student Voter Registration Campaign in the Age of Trump
Finding Common Ground for Action through Deliberative Dialogue
The Merger: A Partnership Centered on Social Justice – ¡Sí se Puede!
Engaged Voices of the City
Asset-Based Educational Experiences: Working to Understand and Embrace Students’ Cultural Capital
Fuller Participation: Supporting Faculty Civic Development for the Good of the Whole
Community Colleges for Democracy: The New Network and Upcoming Publication
Co-Producing Knowledge in Environmental Justice Research and Teaching
Diversifying the Field of Community-Engaged Scholarship
Leading Campus-Community Partnerships: Mission, Voice, and Emergent Models
Creating Engaging Online Social Justice Assignments with a Focus on Community Engagement
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Civic Ethos in Check: Self-Assessing Your Campus’ Democratic Engagement Action Plan
#CompactNationPod LIVE
University & Community Transformation: A Place-Based Justice Approach to Partnerships & Change
Using Civil Dialogue to Bridge Campus and Community
Layali Al-Sham: Musicking and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, El Paso
Asset-Based Community Development: Strategies for Universities to Employ ABCD with a Critical Lens
Doing Democracy Now: University-School Partnership for Fostering Student Activism & Civic Engagement
Civic Inquiry: Developing Curricula to Advance Community Leadership, Opportunity, and Voice
Community Colleges for Democracy: Results from Engage the Election: 2018 Project and Partnership with ALL IN
Bridging the Divide: Developing Students' Capacity to Navigate Urban/Rural Divides
Developing Communities of Practice around the Campus Compact CEP Credentialing Program
Can We Imagine Critical Service-Learning on Stolen Land?
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:30 PM
General session
General session
Building a More Just and Equitable Democracy: The Work of Campus Compact
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
8:30 AM
9:30 AM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Now What? Collective Learning and Action Beyond Campus Compact
Paving a path to the polls: Overcoming Process Barriers through Student Voter Education
Getting it on the Transcript: Validating Co-Curricular Community Engaged Learning
Partnerships with a Purpose: Emphasizing Measurable Outcomes for Underserved Communities
Beliefs, Skills & Practices of Service-Learning: Perspectives from University & Community Partners
Community Engagement in LGBTQ+ Communities: Opportunities and Challenges
E-portfolios as a Pedagogical Tool for Civic Learning and Leadership Development
Building Community Partners’ Capacities as Co-Educators through Professional Development Programs
Building Transformative Service-Learning Partnerships to Promote Full Participation
The Power and Challenge of ‘Place’ in Public and Private Anchor (Aspiring) Institutions
What Stories from Youth Gang Members can Teach us about the Promise of Full Participation
Democratic Deliberation in Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
Small breakouts
Small breakout
Ask Every Student: Achieving 100% Student Voter Registration
Solutions Journalism: A Tool for Creating Civic Empowerment
Decentering Knowledge: A Roundtable with Collaborations Journal Editorial Board
Securing On-Campus Polling Sites: Organizing, Advocacy, and the Twenty-Sixth Amendment
Ways of Knowing Homelessness: Findings from a Global Thematic Service-Learning Exchange Program
Conversation Project: A Democratic Model for Talking Together to Build Community
The 21st Century Social Contract in Action: Keys to Civic Engagement at a Community College
Arts as Civic Engagement: Fulfilling the Promise of Full Participation
Democratizing Knowledge for the Public Good: Internships, Research, and Experts in the Rust Belt
Co-Teaching with Community: Engagement, Learning, and Challenging “Expertise” in Higher Education
Civic Engagement Matters: Now Let's Prove It!
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
11:15 AM
12:30 PM
Closing session
General session
Fireside Chat with Erin Okuno, Creator of the Fakequity Blog

Keynote Speaker

CEO, Citizen University & Civic Evangelist

"Democracy works only when enough of us believe democracy works," says Eric Liu. How do we rekindle that belief? How do we, as individuals, organizations, communities, corporations — even professions — reinvigorate the meaning and spirit of citizenship in America? These are the questions civic evangelist Eric Liu explores in his compelling, acclaimed talks.

Liu, son of Chinese immigrants and former White House speechwriter, is the CEO of Citizen University, a nonprofit working to foster a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship. His eight books include You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen, and the national bestsellers The Gardens of Democracy and True Patriot. His first book, The Accidental Asian, Notes of a Native Speaker was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary, “Matters of Race.” Liu’s latest book is Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy, which grows out of the Civic Saturday phenomenon that Liu and his team pioneered and has now spread nationwide. Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He has also served as a board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Washington State Board of Education and the Seattle Public Library, and is co-founder of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Hear Liu's keynote at the opening session on Monday, March 29 at 8:30 AM.

All Speakers

Monique Ellefson
Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact
Program Manager for Student Success
Celestino Ellington
YMCA Bayview
Sports and Recreation Director
Katie Elmes
STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Director of Equity, Access, and Community
Yaqub Elmi
University of San Francisco
Marie Emerson
Wild Blueberry Museum
sandra Enos
Solutions Journalism / SolutionsU
Scot Evans
University of Miami
Amber Finnicum-Simmons
Stetson University
Bonner Program Coordinator
Dr. Robert Franco
Kapi'olani Community College
Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Professor of Pacific Anthropology
Ethan Gardner
James Madison University
Legislative Affairs Chair, Student Government Association
Olivia Gardner
Transformative Teach | University of Colorado Boulder
Co-Founder of Transformative Teach

Pre-conference Sessions & Community Tours

Pre-conference Sessions

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle
Presented by John Saltmarsh, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Adam Bush, College Unbound; James Lin, GLIDE Foundation/Glide Memorial Church; John Loggins, University of San Diego; Chris Nayve, University of San Diego; Star Plaxton-Moore, University of San Francisco; Linda Caballero Sotelo, New Americans Museum
In her landmark 2007 book, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing, the philosopher Miranda Fricker shows how individuals can be wronged in their roles as knowers. Fricker demonstrates that members of powerful groups devalue the knowledge claims of members of less powerful groups and, by denying the less powerful access to resources, prevent them from organizing information in ways that enable them to make effective knowledge claims. She calls these wrongs epistemic injustice. In this session, participants will come together as a learning community of engaged scholars to explore Fricker’s ideas and their application to the work of community engagement. We will examine how Fricker’s framework has been applied in recent scholarship on democratic participation and social change and consider its implications for transforming the work of community engagement. Participants will learn about the defining elements of epistemic justice/injustice, discover the potential epistemic and ethical repercussions of injustice for individuals and communities through participation in a story circle, and discuss how to promote epistemic justice in community engagement endeavors.
Admission: $100
Pre-conference Session & Embedded Institute
Presented by: the Place-Based Justice Network, Molly Ayers, Gonzaga University; Jamie Ducar, University of Pittsburgh; Kent Koth, Seattle University; John Loggins, University of San Diego; Nolizwe Nondabula, University of San Francisco; Erin O’Keefe, Loyola University Maryland; Jennifer Pigza, Saint Mary's College of California
The pace of change in communities across the country and around the world has deepened inequalities and tested the limits of higher education community engagement. This session is an opportunity to learn from and with practitioners of place-based community engagement strategies designed on the principle that communities and higher education institutions should work in sustained partnerships to identify pathways to greater equity, justice, and voice. Participants will learn about various examples of place-based engagement and will visit sites of action in Seattle.

This pre-conference session and embedded institute will include a pre-conference session from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 29, a community tour on Monday, March 30, and several recommended conference sessions and opportunities for reflection throughout the conference.
Admission: $125*
*The admission price for this session includes participation in Monday's community tour as well as embedded sessions and meetings throughout the conference. Read more about the community tours below.

Community Tours

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Monday, March 30
In Seattle, the University of Washington and Seattle University along with dozens of community partners have drawn upon the approach of place-based community engagement to develop comprehensive neighborhood-based strategies connecting campus and community. Through these site visits, participants will explore the historical and contemporary context of one Seattle neighborhood and learn how neighborhood and university leaders are co-creating new ways of partnering and pursuing positive social change. Site visit participants will initially gather together for a brief overview and framing before traveling in smaller groups to one of six distinct Seattle neighborhoods.
The development of Sound Transit Light Rail over the last decade has fundamentally changed the south end of Seattle—bringing historically disinvested neighborhoods the opportunities and challenges associated with economic development and gentrification. The area around Othello station is the historic home to South Asian and East African immigrant communities in Seattle, and sits in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country. While the University of Washington holds multiple long-time partnerships with Southeast Seattle communities, the opening of the Othello-UW Commons ( in January 2019 has ushered in a new chapter of collaboration and partnership between the University and the surrounding community. This community tour will be led by the Manager of the Othello-UW Commons, and will engage community partners, students, and residents in a conversation about the strengths and challenges associated with this kind of community-campus collaboration
The Beacon Hill neighborhood in South Seattle is the historic and cultural home to a diverse group of communities. Similar to many other neighborhoods in the fast growing city of Seattle, Beacon Hill has faced significant pressures of gentrification and displacement of long-term residents. This site visit will explore the University of Washington’s robust partnerships with one community hub for Seattle’s Latino community, El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races) ( in their efforts to work for solutions to racism, poverty and other community issues. Highlights will include speaking with community partners about El Centro’s wide range of social services programs, learning about the Plaza Roberto Maestas mixed-use affordable housing project and exploring how University of Washington faculty and students connect with the Beacon Hill community to address critical social issues.
The Doorway Project ( is a University of Washington and YouthCare ( led initiative supported by the Washington State Legislature (Substitute Senate Bill 5883; 2017).  The Doorway focuses on addressing youth and young adult homelessness in the University District through continuous community-engaged collaboration with U District service providers and community members. The primary aim of the Doorway is to center the voices of youth and young adults in the U-district who are experiencing homelessness in order to co-develop and evaluate a comprehensive and effective service model that ultimately reduces youth homelessness and improves quality of life for all affected. Participants in this community tour will learn more about youth and young adult homelessness in the U-district, understand the structure and goals of the Doorway, and hear from participating community collaborators.
The Seattle Chinatown-International District (C-ID) is the historic and cultural home of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Vietnamese American communities. Through strong community activism and long-term planning, the neighborhood is working to honor its historical and current cultural context while remaining equitable and affordable to all residents. Seattle University partners with organizations in the C-ID through a variety of cross-disciplinary efforts. Co-led by community and university leaders, this site visit will explore how place shapes partnerships in one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods.
Yesler Terrace is the oldest public housing community West of the Mississippi and the first public housing community in the nation to be racially integrated. With support from a HUD Choice Neighborhood Grant, Seattle Housing Authority is currently facilitating a comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment of Yesler Terrace that will, upon completion, lead to a densely populated mixed-income neighborhood. Since 2012, Seattle University has served as the lead education partner on the Choice Neighborhood grant. In this role, the University has facilitated a collective impact effort uniting multiple neighborhood education partners to support Yesler children and their families. Co-led by leaders from Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle University, this site visit will include a visit to Yesler Terrace, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, and several additional community organizations to explore the opportunities and challenges of supporting a neighborhood experiencing significant transition.
The Central District is historic and current home of Seattle's African American community. In recent years the neighborhood has faced significant pressures of gentrification and the displacement of long-term residents. Pursuing a vision of equity and justice, local leaders have mobilized to preserve the racial and cultural context of the neighborhood. Through visits to local schools, community organizations and public spaces, this visit will explore the complex role of universities in supporting equitable development while mitigating and interrupting institutionalized racism.
Admission: $50
These sessions include lunch and are part of the Place-Based Community Engagement Embedded Institute. All conference attendees can participate but priority will be given to individuals choosing to participate in the full Embedded Institute.

Call for Proposals

Campus Compact builds its conference agenda by inviting faculty, staff, students, and community partners to submit sessions for inclusion in this process. Our call for proposals deadline was June 30, 2019, and we are no longer accepting suggestions for sessions. If you have any questions about our proposals process, please contact us at