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, which will highlight excellent work going on in the field.
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 are invited to come together with leaders in higher education to discuss the practical steps we can take to achieve the promise of 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.

Agenda at a Glance

Conference activities will take place from Sunday, March 29 through noon on April 1, 2020. The Compact20 conference will officially convene with the Keynote session on Monday, March 30, but conference attendees are invited to attend any of our special events on Sunday. The full agenda will be available online and in the conference app later this year. Please continue to check back!
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Pre-conferencePreconference intensive : Epistemic Justice and the power of stories in transforming community engagement 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pre-conferencePreconference session: Place-based community engagement and embedded institute1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-conference Sessions & Community Tours

Pre-conference Sessions

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. 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
The session will be structured as a learning community of engaged scholars who will explore Dr. Miranda Fricker’s (2007) philosophical framework of epistemic justice/injustice, its application in recent scholarship on democratic participation and social change, and 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 community through participation in a story circle, and discuss how to promote epistemic justice in community engagement endeavors in areas of examination that emerge from common themes in our shared stories.
Admission: $100
Presented by: the Place-Based Justice Network, Nolizwe Nondabula, University of San Francisco and Jennifer Pigza, Saint Mary's College of California, with collaborators from University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, Saint Mary's College of California, Augsburg University, University of Pittsburgh, Loyola University Maryland, and Seattle University
Now more than ever universities and communities need each other to address the challenges we face, and traditional approaches to community engagement are inadequate to address the transformative goals that individuals, institutions, and communities seek. A place-based community engagement strategy invites institutions of higher education and their communities into a deeper examination of how transformation and change occur in campus and in communities. This exploration often leads to an analysis of how to address historic and current systems that disenfranchise people based upon race, gender, class, national origin and many other personal and communal identifiers. Join this pre-conference session and the embedded institute to learn principles and practices that engender a place-based justice approach to community engagement. 
This pre-conference session and embedded 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 institute sessions and meetings throughout the conference. Read more about the community tours below.

Community Tours

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.
UW launched this new place-based initiative in Jan 2019. Othello-UW Commons is a learning and collaboration space that cultivates partnerships that support Southeast Seattle’s vision of sustaining an equitable, inclusive and welcoming community.
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El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a community hub that advocates for Seattle's Latino community. This site visit will explore the University of Washington's robust partnerships with El Centro and the organization's history and role in current social justice efforts.
In the Fall of 2016, University of Washington faculty members joined together on an Urban@UW retreat to brainstorm innovative ways that the University of Washington could step up in addressing the homelessness crisis in Seattle. They created a proposed plan that would focus on addressing youth homelessness in the University District, a neighborhood well-known for being youth-oriented. In July 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill (Substitute Senate Bill 5883) that directed funds toward University of Washington to “support youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in the university district of Seattle”, including working with a lead community partner (now YouthCare) to support the project through community outreach and support. Since then, the Doorway Project has grown to include community members, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as leaders in faith communities, local businesses, and homelessness service providers.
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 is now accepting proposals for the Compact20 national conference. We seek proposals that explore and connect to our theme: The Promise of Full Participation: Democracy, Opportunity, Voice. The conference will explore how, as students and youth claim leadership in defining the future of our democracy, higher education can contribute to the achievement of opportunity and voice for all.
Sessions may explore topics such as civic engagement, community-engaged research, civic- and service-learning, institutional chance, university-community partnerships, and more. We welcome proposals representing work undertaken through public, private, two-year, four-year, and graduate colleges and universities, along with organizations outside of higher education, including community-based partners. All sessions should be interactive, contribute to equity & inclusion goals, and represent a multiplicity of perspectives.
Additional details:
  • The majority of sessions will be 60 minutes in length.
  • Session proposals must be submitted through our online application portal to be considered. For your convenience, you will find a preview of the session application form below.
  • Presenters will be eligible for a discounted conference rate. Registration will open in June 2019. If you register at a regular rate in June or July and are later accepted as a conference speaker, you will be refunded the difference in rates (upon request).
  • Presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in conjunction with the Compact20 conference, including registration, lodging, and travel.
  • Session topics may not be changed after the review and selection process.
  • Campus Compact may edit presentation titles or session descriptions for consistency and clarity.
  • We will notify applicants about session decisions by email in August 2019.
  • Presenters must register for the Compact20 conference by December 1, 2019 to receive the discounted speaker registration rate and to guarantee their session.
Proposals are due June 30, 2019

Below you will find a preview of the questions that will be asked on the Compact20 session proposal form. All sessions must be submitted through our online application portal to be considered.

Presenter Information

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Institution or organization name
  • Email address
  • Brief Biography
  • Number of co-presenters
  • Co-presenters personal information
  • Optional demographic questions

Session Information

  • Select session type: 60-minute or poster session
  • Identify intended audience (multi-select): Community engagement professionals, community partners, faculty, senior administrators, students
  • Identify intended audience experience (multi-select): New to the field, early career, mid-career, late career
  • Identify the focus area most closely related to your session: Equity & inclusion, community partnerships, global engagement, faculty development, P-12 engagement, place-based/anchor strategies, institutionalizing engagement, community-based learning & research, dialogue & deliberation, assessment & evaluation, civic learning & political engagement, other
  • Identify the institution-type focus, if applicable (optional): community colleges, research universities, liberal arts colleges, rural institutions, urban & metropolitan institutions, minority-serving institutions, faith-based institutions
  • Session Title (100 character limit)
  • Full session description, including the desired format and your plan to make the session interactive (250 word limit)
  • Brief session summary for Compact20 website (120 word limit)
  • Key learning outcomes for participants (3-5 bullets, 50 word limit)
  • How does this session contribute to the conference theme?
  • How does this session contribute to goals for equity & inclusion?
  • How does this session represent a multiplicity of perspectives (critical lens, multiple ways of knowing)?
  • Select desired session set up (optional)