CCMA Seeks New VISTA Program Manager

The VISTA Program Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of our regional AmeriCorps VISTA program, an anti-poverty initiative focused on building the capacity of campuses — together with their community partners — to strengthen communities. The VISTA grant is a core part of CCMA’s collective impact initiative, is central to institutional member engagement, and supports the organization’s mission, vision, and values and commitment to advancing equity. The VISTA Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of managing VISTA member recruitment and orientation; host site development and support; monitoring, compliance, reporting, and general operations; ensuring all programmatic and financial…

CCMA VISTA Positions Open

CCMA is excited to announce that we have 34 AmeriCorps VISTA projects for 2021-2022 that will do anti-poverty work in our communities. Many of these projects are currently recruiting candidates, and we encourage you to share these opportunities with people who may be interested in them. AmeriCorps VISTA members go where they are needed most with passion and perseverance to be a catalyst for change. It is an opportunity to live and work alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing poverty challenges and advance local solutions. CCMA VISTA projects are generally partnerships between institutions of higher education and…

Former CCMA VISTA Member Helps with Vaccine Rollout

Hannah Jacobs, former Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic P20 CONNECTS VISTA member and Interim AmeriCorps VISTA Leader began work with the Maryland Department of Health on the rollout of the critical SARS-Co-V-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) vaccine. During the four-week project Hannah will be serve on a 16-member AmeriCorps service team to support the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve (MRC) in vetting registered volunteers through the state’s electronic system, checking and answering the MRC general inbox for inquiries and status updates, answering calls from community members, and assisting with additional mission-critical requests, as needed.  Hannah was recruited to support the MRC by…

Two AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders Join CCMA Team

Earlier in February, CCMA was joined by two additional AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders. We are very pleased to welcome Tavon Johnson and Zandra Cuff to the CCMA team! Tavon is familiar with our region, having received his BA from Morgan State University, and served for three years as an AmeriCorps member in Delaware. He will be working closely with Jake Hurner, who has served as VISTA Leader since August 2020. Together they will provide direct support to our entire AmeriCorps VISTA cohort and their supervisors. Zandra is originally from North Carolina and served previously as AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for North Carolina…

CCMA Seeks Executive Assistant

CCMA is looking for a dynamic and passionate individual to join out team! We are looking for an Executive Assistant to work closely with Executive Director Madeline Yates to coordinate services for members, and to help with office and organization administration. The Executive Assistant of CCMA is responsible for supporting the Executive Director in providing assistance to member institutions. CCMA supports teaching and learning opportunities that prepare students for lives of engagement and service to society. The Executive Assistant must embrace the vision and mission of  CCMA – promoting campus-community partnerships, advancing equity and social justice, and fulfilling the public purposes of…

November SLCE Conference Discusses Turning Passion into Action

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) conference is a full-day opportunity to share success strategies among students, faculty, and staff at institutions throughout Maryland, D.C., and Delaware on the topics of community service, service-learning and civic engagement. This year, it was held on November 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park Stamp Student Union. Poster Presentations happened right lunch, and addressed a range of topics from campus activism, to HIV screening, and initiatives to support students who are parents. Workshops throughout the day challenged participants to think differently about engaging with their communities, while also encouraging them to turn…

CCMA Receives Standards for Excellence Award

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic was recognized  for its re-accreditation with Standards for Excellence at an award ceremony in October 2019 at the Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a national initiative established to promote the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and to help all nonprofit organizations meet these high benchmarks. CCMA Executive Director Madeline Yates accepts the Standards for Excellence award in October 2019 at the Maryland Nonprofits annual conference. Attaining the Standards for Excellence accreditation is a rigorous, peer-review process through which all aspects of an organization’s programs,…

Dr. Alan Penczek Receives Award for Donation

Dr. Alan Penczek received a one-of-a-kind “Most Impactful Supporter” award from Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA) during the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) conference at the University of Maryland, College Park on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Dr. Penczek, a longtime supporter of the Compact, served as the main liaison between Stevenson University and CCMA while he was both a faculty member teaching philosophy and the Service-Learning Coordinator. The support and faculty development he received from CCMA during his tenure made a lasting impression on him as he saw firsthand the goals and mission of CCMA being realized in students’ lives. Dr….

Nominations for 2020-2021 Fellowship Open Now

The nomination period is now open for the Newman Civic Fellowship, a yearlong program that recognizes and supports community-committed students at Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship is a one-year experience that provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions to help them develop strategies for social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides in-person and virtual learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities. Presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate one current student on the basis of their motivation…

President-Elect of MSCHE Addresses SAGE Meeting

President-Elect Dr. Heather Perfetti served as the guest speaker at the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Senior Advisory Group for Engagement (SAGE) meeting held at Bowie State University on Oct. 21, 2019. Dr. Perfetti’s remarks focused on the presidential transition and the future of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation through the lens of the vision, mission, and core values of Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic, MSCHE resources available to colleges and universities, and opportunities through the renewed accreditation processes and institutional strategic priorities that promote global citizenship, leadership, service, and civic engagement. Dr. James Fielder, Secretary of Higher Education,…

Census 2020 Resources

Census 2020 is right around the corner.  The National Census is eager to work with campuses to support the 2020 census through their national Partnership Program Team. Regional and local teams are available to work with individual college campuses as well as college networks and will provide local and regional support such as sending a partnership specialist to an event to speak about the census. Go to this website to find the regional office that services your area. Additionally, the partnership website has resources and materials that campuses or other partners can easily and quickly re-distribute. Here are some other resources that explain…

Welcome AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Gabbie

CCMA is thrilled to welcome Gabrielle Dibonge to our team  as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the 2019-2020 year! Gabbie has earned an MBA in Human Resource Management from Carlow University. Gabrielle obtained a dual undergraduate degree in nonprofit management and public relations from Slippery Rock University in 2012. She previously served as Center Director for Higher Achievement Pittsburgh, an organization that gets young scholars college and career ready starting from middle school, and where Gabrielle worked directly with disadvantaged and underrepresented youth and their families to motivate them and to bridge the higher education opportunity gap. Gabrielle has a passion for…

CCMA SAGE Member Awarded for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Maurice Taylor, Vice President for Academic Outreach and Engagement at Morgan State University and member of Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Senior Advisory Group for Engagement (SAGE) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the HBCU Awards ceremony in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on August 2, 2019. As Vice President, Dr. Taylor is responsible for providing leadership for the Office of Morgan Online, the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, the Office of Community Service and the Upward Bound Programs. Dr. Taylor has been one of the most influential leaders of CCMA’s…

CCMA Welcomes New Board Members

CCMA would like to welcome as new members on its Board of Directors: Dr. Cynthia Bambara – President, Allegany College of Maryland Dr. Wilma Mishoe – President, Delaware State University Dr. Marylou Yam – President, Notre Dame of Maryland University CCMA is pleased to have such dedicated professionals and proven leaders guiding it to become a better and more effective organization. CCMA also extends thanks to Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine of Hood College and President RIchard Midcap of Garrett College for their service on the CCMA Board of Directors. We are grateful for their proven dedication to community engagement and serving…

Welcome CCMA VISTA Leader Erin

CCMA is excited to welcome Erin Morrissey to our team  as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the 2019-2020 year! Erin is a native of New Hampshire. She holds a Master’s degree in international relations and a BA in communication studies from the University of Rhode Island. Erin proudly served in AmeriCorps State and National with the United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Program outside of Boston, MA where she supported and mentored youth English language learners from a community-based nonprofit organization. Erin has volunteered as a peer educator at the University of Rhode Island Women’s Center for Violence Prevention and Advocacy…

CCMA welcomes Laura Hagmann!

CCMA is excited to welcome Laura Hagmann as the new Associate Director of Programs and Communications. Laura Hagmann comes to CCMA after a successful career as a managing editor in the private sector. She has extensive experience in creating editorial content, managing editorial processes, and forming and maintaining strategic and collaborative relationships. Laura also has served as adjunct faculty in several colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe. Her teaching specialties include management, HR, group process, organizational behavior and strategy.  In her spare time, Laura enjoys gardening, hiking, and live music.  She lives in Maryland with her dog and…

CCMA at ACES Expo

Kemi Teru and Michelle Avaroma represented CCMA, AmeriCorps VISTA, and PeaceJam in June at the ACES Summer Program Professional Pathways Expo at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Welcome CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Hannah!

CCMA is excited to welcome Hannah Jacobs to the P20 Connects and CCMA community! Hannah graduated from New College of Florida in 2018, where she earned her BA in Psychology and Economics. Her degree culminated in an undergraduate thesis about how general stereotypes of race and class affect how women of different backgrounds are perceived by others. In addition, she interned at multiple nonprofits in Florida, working to aid adults with severe and persistent mental illness develop vocational skills and to reform policy for an addiction services organization. Hannah is excited to start as a P20 Connects VISTA to help…

2019 CCMA Impact Survey Deadline Extended

Each member institution is asked to complete the CCMA Impact Surveys. This year’s survey will be used to generate a 10- year Impact Report. The deadline to complete the surveys has been extended to July 12, 2019.  For more information and to access the survey forms click here.

CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Orientation

As new AmeriCorps VISTA members are set to begin their year of service, we are excited to welcome them to AmeriCorps VISTA service and the CCMA community through a two-day orientation. This summer, new AmeriCorps VISTA orientation was held on the Hood College campus July 24-26, 2019. This orientation brings CCMA VISTA members all together for the first time this year, and briefs them on who CCMA is, how to work effectively with their service host site, and strategies to address disparities in the communities they will be working with.

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