Continuing a Tradition of Civic Leadership
Maggie Stevens, Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director
As we are visiting our Indiana Campus Compact roots this year, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Thomas Ehrlich and reflect upon his involvement in the establishment of Indiana Campus Compact during his tenure as President of Indiana University (look for a story about this next month in our eBrief). While speaking with Dr. Ehrlich, he shared that one of the important things that Indiana Campus Compact provided was a platform for all college and university presidents/chancellors across the state to come together around a common purpose—connecting civic engagement and higher education. This common ground also provided an opportunity for higher education leaders of all institution types—public or private-- to travel to the statehouse together and meet with our elected officials with a united front about the future higher education in Indiana.Twenty years later, Indiana Campus Compact still provides that opportunity for every institution in the state to come together for a shared purpose—connecting civic engagement and higher education. Over the years, the opportunities for engagement have grown to include not only presidents and chancellors, but vice presidents, deans, faculty, staff, and students.
This fall, Indiana Campus Compact in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Independent Colleges of Indiana, and Purdue University and with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, is honored to host the first Civic Leadership Conference for the state. The Indiana Civic Leadership Conference will bring together the state’s student leaders from public, private, two-year and four-year campuses for a day of leadership development, networking, and engagement aimed at supporting the civic growth and participation of today’s college students.
During this conference, students will hear from state leaders in education and government; engage in meaningful conversations that focus on the issues affecting higher education in Indiana; and have the opportunity to come together around a shared commitment to action thuscreating a strengthened network of informed, civic leaders in Indiana higher education. Moreover, participants will bolster their civic competence preparing them to become lifelong civic leaders.
We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis next month for this inaugural event!