Communities of Practice (CoPs) provide a unique opportunity for Campus Compact members to join peers across the country to dig deeper into specific areas of engagement practice. Through discussions, joint activities, resource sharing, and relationship building, participants develop a repertoire of resources, skills, and knowledge to use in their practice. Above all, the CoPs provide a great space to communicate and share strategies with like-minded individuals from all across the country!

Registration deadline: June 10, 2024

Available CoPs

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Community of Care for BIPOC Community Engagement Professionals

Campus Compact is committed to supporting community/civic engagement professionals/practitioners. During this time of upheaval in higher education, we invite our BIPOC-identified Community Engagement Professionals to come together over the summer for a community of support. This CoP will focus on building relationships, finding ways to support each other, and discussing ways to encourage greater diversity in the field.

​​​​​​Nicole Springer, Ph.D., Senior Director of Professional Development and Scholarship & Chief Equity Officer at Campus Compact

​​​​​​Neeraja Aravamudan, Ph.D., Director of the Edward Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan

The Role for Bridge Building on College Campuses During Times of Strife

Campuses across the country are dealing with rippling tensions from the Middle East conflict. There are a variety of ways that people are responding to these challenging times. This CoP series will invite guests to talk about specific localized campus examples and maintain a conflict management lens throughout the conversations. Each session in the series will have guests and consider a different angle on the issues that come up in looking at different campuses and their respective larger community. 
Some examples of the questions we aim to explore are: What is the role of administrators, faculty, staff, and students on campus to respond to these issues? What are the messages being conveyed to campus and the larger community and how does it reflect bridge building efforts or not? What is the threshold for determining appropriate actions to support free speech while ensuring safety?  What can be done to approach the next upcoming academic year in a constructive, proactive manner to support higher education spaces to be the best they can be? How can the identified bridge building skills that can support these controversial conversations also support differing perspectives about the upcoming election?

Lisa-Marie Napoli, Ph.D., Director of the Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE), Director of Voice for Democracy and Constructive Conversation, Founding Chair of IUB’s Big Tem Voting Challenge (BTVC), Indiana University Bloomington

Working with Incarcerated and Decarcerated Students

This CoP is a space for discussing higher ed responses to mass incarceration and its collateral damage. We will share experiences with teaching incarcerated and decarcerated students, creating carceral studies curricula, and supporting prison-to-school pipelines. Topics will also include restorative and transformative justice and abolitionist pedagogical frameworks. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on the meaning and challenges of this work, as well as explore collaborations for future pedagogical and research projects.

David Sherman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative
Brandeis University

Registration deadline: June 10, 2024

Who should attend?

Communities of Practice are free and open to active Campus Compact members and are a benefit of Campus Compact membership. If you have a question about your member status, please contact Natalie at

Communities of Practice (CoP) details:

  • There is no fee to participate.
  • Participants commit to attend all scheduled virtual meetings for the CoP.
  • Each CoP will be capped at 20 attendees.
  • Each CoP will meet regularly for four-six sessions. The specific meeting dates and times for each CoP can be found in the session description.
  • Meetings will take place online via Zoom using a webcam. Participants will need access to high speed internet and a webcam and be able to use Zoom.
  • All CoPs embrace and embody the following equity-based principles that:
    • (a) everyone has knowledge to share,
    • (b) everyone has learning to do, and
    • (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into CoP activities.