NDMU Virtual Volunteering in COVID-19 Times

Written by: Hannah Cook                                                                                            When Notre Dame of Maryland University made the decision to cancel all in-person meetings on March 11 th in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it was clear that things were going to be different. The York Road Education and Service (YES) Program at NDMU cancelled its first large- scale mentorship event,…

Anti-Racism and Equity Resources

Below are links to various resources that you may find useful in your own journey or in your programs. If you have other resources that you’d like to share with CCMA, please send an email to Laura Hagmann Get Involved:  The Obama Organization lists ways to get involved, donate, and learn  Resources for Accountability and Action for Black Lives  Contact your Congressional representatives with the NAACP For White People:  Six Ways to Deepen Your Understanding of Anti-Racism as a White Person   “White Debt” by Eula Biss  “75 Things White People Can Do For Racial…

AmeriCorps VISTA Reflects on Time at Frederick Community College

Arth Sharma, the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at Frederick Community College, is committed to ensuring that outreach and programming meet the needs of English Language Learners by developing messaging and support systems that engage the interests of immigrants, their families, and their communities. Sharma is a native of central Massachusetts but raised in Prince George’s County, MD and values mentoring and working with new people to understand the social contexts of different populations. These skills will aid him in VISTA and beyond as a future doctor beginning medical school upon the completion of his year of service….

Local High School Students Tackle Global Security Issues

By Cassie Rezac On Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, over 250 high school students from Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Charles County participated in a United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)-sponsored Refugee Challenge at the Towson University-hosted March Model UN Conference. Serving as the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Global Learning Partnership Coordinator at Towson University, I had the incredible opportunity to not only work behind the scenes to build program capacity, but to also engage with high school students during the 2020 Model UN Conference. In its 18th year, the Towson University-Baltimore County Model United Nations Program is a one-of-a-kind…

Coronavirus and the Engaged Campus: Resources

March 13, 2020 As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout our region, higher education institutions have taken steps to protect students, employees and the community. These actions have unique implications for campuses engaged in fulfilling higher education’s civic mission and offering service-learning courses. This blog contains resources to help member campuses transition through this difficult time. Health Information and Resources Always consult health authorities first for the best information on risk and recommended precautionary steps. Below are links to updates from state public health departments, Johns Hopkins and the CDC: Maryland District of Columbia Delaware Johns Hopkins School of Public…

UMBC Retriever Essentials: Partners in Passion

By Fariha Khalid, CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member serving at UMBC Retriever Essentials On the chilly morning of December 11th, only 12 hours after a call for volunteers had gone out, twenty volunteers showed up in front of the UMBC Event Center ready to move about 3,500 food items to the new food pantry in the Sherman Building. Earlier that same morning, several Retriever Essentials team members met to move the shelves from the old pantry (on the fifth floor of the Fine Arts Building) to the new location so that the new space for the incoming bulk food could be…

A Youth Coalition… How do we get there?

Three VISTAs’ Experiences Building a Youth Coalition, By Bronte Nevins, Imari Alvarez, and Mattea Keister Overview This year, the three of us are serving as CCMA AmeriCorps VISTAs at Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation, otherwise known as CKAR, as the full name is a mouthful. CKAR is a non-profit that works on community and economic development, workforce training, environmental sustainability, and advocacy in Greater Riverdale.  You might be wondering “How does a youth coalition fit into all this?” Or even, “What the heck is a coalition?” Or more importantly, why did three CCMA AmeriCorps VISTAs, fresh out of…

A Year of Service by Mary Kate Luft

Typing away in a cubicle within the depths of the Clifford and Camille Kendall Academic Center, you can find me, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA ACES Career Readiness Coordinator, creating and streamlining career readiness curriculum, providing logistical support for career readiness events, and supporting data analytics and reporting in order to sustain career readiness programming that ensures the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) ACES scholars not only obtain a degree but are ready for post-graduate success. But wait, what does my super long title even mean? CCMA stands for Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic, a non-profit association of public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities…

A First for Fostering Terp Success

The Fostering Terp Success (FTS) program participated in the University of Maryland’s first Giving Tuesday on December 3rd, one of 13 total campaigns to fundraise. A program funded entirely by donation, FTS is a campus-wide community of support and belonging for students who were or are in foster care, are homeless, at risk of being homeless or without a supportive family system. Homeless students face even greater challenges when the University closes during Winter Break; even as their peers relax at home with their families, many students struggle to survive without housing and food support. Closing the gap between semesters is…

Tough Topics: Fierce Conversations

CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member Amy Engineer, serving at the University of Maryland’s Leadership & Community Service Learning (LCSL) department, facilitated a session on Fierce Conversations with Dr. Craig Slack during CCMA’s Service-Learning & Civic Engagement (SLCE) Conference at the University of Maryland College Park campus in November. A fierce conversation is the confrontation of the truth and recognition of the issue at hand in an effort to better the relationship. Confrontation is not about being right, but a search for the truth and common understanding. To be successful with fierce conversations, it’s important to create a culture of accountability and honesty….

Fighting Food Insecurity at Catholic U

CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member Kara Feidelseit, serving at Catholic University of America Campus Ministry’s Food Pantry found that 40% of respondents to a recent survey have “not eat for a whole day because there was not enough money or food.” Feidelseit fights food insecurity by promoting campus food pantries, destigmatizing hunger through education, and developing new partnerships to increase access. On Mother Teresa Day of Service, she spoke to over 750 students and faculty members about food insecurity and upcoming pop-up pantries, one of which recently provided over 168 pounds of food to community members. In just a few months,…

USG Ingredients for Change

CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member Mahmoud Nofal reflects on the Universities at Shady Grove’s Ingredients for Change civic engagement event on October 28 with Celebrity Chef Jose Andres:  It was a pleasure to host Chef Andres at the Universities at Shady Grove last week. The Ingredients for Change civic engagement event, at which the Chef gave a powerful speech, highlighted USG’s and Montgomery County’s commitment to finding actionable solutions to the problem of food insecurity in our community. Leaders from across the campus and the county attended and were eager to discuss how USG has worked to increase food access and…

ERCC 2019 Keynote Announced

Campus Compact is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference (ERCC) being held March 25-27, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island will be Dr. Danielle Allen of Harvard University. Dr. Allen is a compelling analyst of history and contemporary events and a leader in higher education. She is currently Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University as well as James Bryant Conant University Professor. Before joining Harvard, she was UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the first African American faculty member to be appointed to the Institute…

Mini-Grants

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic offers two mini-grant opportunities at the beginning of the academic year for CCMA member institutions. One is for faculty workshops and the other for student groups looking for funds to complete a service program or activity. Applications for 2019 are now closed. Please check back in September 2020 for our next round of mini-grant applications. CCMA Student Group Mini-Grant The student group mini-grant is for student groups desiring to strengthen their service-learning and community engagement efforts. Individual grant amounts of $250 are typically available for up to eight college and university student groups to assist with community…

CCMA Launch: Welcome Delaware

Join us at the University of Delaware for a day focused on Mobilizing Higher Education’s Ability to Elevate Community Life Through P20 Partnerships as we welcome our new Delaware colleagues to our network. We are pleased to announce Lunch Plenary Speaker, Dr. Tony Allen, Provost, Delaware State University.

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