Tiffany Erk Director of Student Life, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-East Central Region
Over the past two decades, Indiana Campus Compact has been a conduit for the development of service engagement on Indiana college and university campuses. One of its programs, the Indiana Reading Corps/AmeriCorps, touched the lives of elementary school students across the state of Indiana by improving their reading scores, increasing their chance of success in school to the point of graduation. Through that program, each year hundreds of college students enhanced their professional skills, helped the community, and developed critical thinking skills through reflection and connection in the classroom.
For me, working with the Indiana Reading Corps opened the door to a passion and a profession built on a commitment to service and developing students through service engagement work. Service learning and community engagement are critical components of student development. The direct service component provides an outlet for students to give back to their community and enhances their self-worth. Both students and community members benefit from this partnership which helps them find their voice and their connection to, and ownership of, the communities in which they live.
Indiana Campus Compact has grown to meet the needs of member campuses and their communities and I am confident that growth will continue for decades to come.