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2016 Imagining America National Conference

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do.The purpose of this conference is to facilitate bold, creative and effective work that enables people to build and sustain the relationships that will link our stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address our collective challenges. Recent years focuses can be found here for insight on what's been done.

Registration to attend the conference can be done here.

Conference Dates:

October 6 – 8, 2016
Pre-conference, October 5
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Co-sponsored by MIAD & Marquette University



Michigan Campus Compact

Michigan Campus Compact’s (MiCC) Venture Grants are financial awards up to $3,500. Applications for
Venture Grant funds are available to individuals or groups from MiCC member campuses who wish to
develop or expand community service programs, service-learning opportunities, and/or civic learning
activities. Community service includes volunteer activities/projects which meet the needs of the
community. Service-learning integrates within the academic curriculum a thoughtfully organized
service experience and provides structured opportunities for students to think, talk, or write about
their service participation (reflection). Civic learning includes engaging students in a public purpose,
social action, advocacy, community-based research, citizenship and/or renewing the civic mission of
higher education. Registered student organizations, individual students in good standing, faculty and administrators of MiCC member institutions are eligible to submit project proposals.


A competitive application process will open in November to support programming the following academic year.



National Campus Compact

Resources for Faculty

  • Our work with faculty and chief academic officers focuses on linking community-based work with course content across disciplines. Campus Compact was an early leader in this movement, launching the Integrating Service with Academic Study (ISAS) project in 1989. Through publications, awards, conferences, and innovative programs, we continue to create groundbreaking ways to strengthen service-learning and engaged scholarship in the academy.
  • Click here for more information.
Resources for Community Service/Service-Learning Staff
  • Community service and service-learning staff are vital to campus engagement work. Campus Compact is dedicated to helping these professionals fund, build, and manage effective programs. Our resources and initiatives offer the best, most up-to-date information on how to connect campuses and communities in ways that benefit all concerned.
  • Click here for more information.


Michigan Nonprofit Association

Lifelong Civic Engagement: A Guide for Michiganders

  • is a digital resource that outlines lifelong engagement of Michigan residents and offers suggestions, as well as tools, on how to engage in the community. This resource is divided into sections based on a series of life stages (K-12; College Years; Non-College Bound Youth; Post Graduate; Aging Adults). Each section is designed to act as an independent guide for a specific life stage, as well as function as a cohesive document that lays out ways to civically engage in Michigan throughout a lifetime.
  • Click here for more information.


Volunteer Centers of Michigan

  • Volunteer Centers of Michigan (VCM) is a statewide network of over 30 Volunteer Centers serving 59 Michigan counties.
  •  Volunteer Centers mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. Through the convening of organizations, the promotion of community service, and the matching of volunteers to nonprofit programs and events, Volunteer Centers take a leadership role in addressing key community issues.




October 22, 2016 Make a Difference Day


January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Day

February 12-18, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Week

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