What people are saying...
Doug Grant, Franklin College Service Learning Coordinator said “We have a program called Leadership In Inner City Missions in which we take students to Indianapolis for the month of January during our winter term where they live and work in homeless shelters and work with multiple community partners that focus on homelessness. We shared it with Indiana Campus Compact and they helped us to take it to a statewide level inviting students from a number of local campuses. We had students from 9 different campuses come for a weeklong alternative break. Those students returned to their own campuses to share their knowledge of the issues facing the homeless and their passion for helping them. We’ve had tremendous response to that program- other campuses wanting to learn how they can do the types of things we’re doing – that kind of partnership has been made possible by Indiana Campus Compact.”
2001 Indiana Campus Compact Student Community Commitment Award winner, Nicole Hallett is now an attorney with the Urban Justice Center in New York where she represents low-wage immigrant workers in some of New York City’s most impoverished neighborhoods. She is also a professor at Yale University and New York University of Law. Hallett says “I came into DePauw University as an unengaged, completely self-absorbed teenager, much more concerned with my personal accomplishments than how I could contribute to society in a positive way. Indiana Reading Corps (an Indiana Campus Compact Program) was the first “activity” that I got involved in where I found myself actually caring. It may seem naïve now, but I remember thinking “Hey, I can actually make a difference here!” That epiphany has motivated me ever since.
Nancy Rogers, Indiana State University Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Experiential Learning said “Over the past 10 years, Indiana State University has made a strong commitment to be engaged with our local community as well as communities within the region and the state. Throughout that 10 years, Indiana Campus Compact has been an important partner for us, both through providing funding to help us start projects and by helping us learn how to interact more effectively with our community partners.”
Tiffany Erk, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-East Central Region Director of Student Life said “For me as a student at Ball State, working with Indiana Campus Compact 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.”