New York Campus Compact is an association of college and university presidents and their campuses committed to promoting active citizenship as an aim of higher education. We encourage member institutions and prospective members to utilize the resources available on this site for college and university presidents, community service and service learning coordinators, faculty and students.
2015 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the
Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College
The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. (Click here to view instruction for submitting nominations).
Congratulations to New York State Colleges and Universities for Receiving 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification!!
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Congratulations to the NYS Recipients of the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll!!
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more about the Honor Roll, click here
RECRUITMENT FOR nycc aMERICORPS VISTA MEMBERS IS NOW OPEN!
New York Campus Compact is recruiting for 15 VISTA projects plus a VISTA Leader position. VISTA projects next year range from addressing food insecurity through community gardens, education, and community organizing to working with faculty on STEM education outreach in K-12 schools. We literally have projects across the state, from the State University of NY at Fredonia in Western New York to Farmingdale State College on Long Island.
Our VISTA Leader position is located in Ithaca, NY, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. It is also ranked as one of the top 17 hippie friendly cities in the US.
Program Descriptions (for full descriptions and to apply, click on the program name):
The overarching goals of Columbia Engineering’s Outreach Programs are 1) to provide traditionally under-served students with multiple entry points to academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines 2) to create a pipeline of diverse socially responsible students prepared and interested in choosing STEM careers, 3) to close the STEM achievement gap so that underserved students can have opportunities in the 21st century global economy.
Cornell Cooperative Extension/ Economic Opportunity-
The goal of this project is to provide enhanced resources to fight poverty, unemployment, and vacancies in downtown Utica; work with residents of Utica and Oneida County to develop new small businesses; and increase opportunities for all residents to experience and engage with the many diverse cultures in the community. This VISTA project is part of a unique program, Rust-2-Green, that utilizes community planning and design methods toward transforming older post-industrial cities.
Cornell Cooperative Extension/ Food Security Project-
As part of the larger Rust-2-Green community revitalization program, the Food Security Project VISTA will identify and map community food and nutrition resources, develop a program to expand access to healthy food choices, and assess the feasibility of establishing a community gardens program.
Long Island University-
Together with the Bedford Academy High School, located in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant community—one of urban America’s poorest neighborhoods—the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU Brooklyn) formed a partnership to open the doors of higher education to students who have historically been left behind because of socio-economic considerations. This partnership will nurture student development and prepare students to enter the workforce to contribute to the global economy.
Niagara Falls and Niagara County have no paid staff, agency or location solely dedicated to homelessness and its elimination. A one-stop center is being developed by the Niagara County Coalition to End Homelessness. The center will serve as a centralized location for comprehensive services aiming to ease the burden and barriers associated with navigating the system and accessing needed services.
Onondaga Community College-
The Onondaga Community College VISTA Project will implement the Single Stop model on campus to effectively and efficiently link economically disadvantaged students with wrap-around services and benefits available through public and nonprofit partners to overcome financial and other barriers to college enrollment and completion.
Rochester Institute of Technology-
The RIT/Marketview Heights VISTA project seeks build capacity and infrastructure for the Marketview Heights Collective Action Project to be a highly skilled, resident--led association that eliminates poverty barriers to increase health, access quality food, education, training, employment and wealth accumulation.
St. John's University-
The SJU VISTA project will develop programs that will promote and improve access to nutritious foods and information on healthy eating and lifestyles while supporting individual and household food security.
SUNY Farmingdale State College-
The Farmingdale State College VISTA project will focus on creating a sustainable STEM Outreach Program for low-income communities that includes both Long Island educators and K-12 students.
VISTA project will focus on enhancing and expanding the partnerships with sixteen (16) component school districts in the E2CC BOCES service region. The focus of these partnership centers on the development of place-based STEM instruction that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The goal of this project is to assist low income seniors and their caregivers by providing preventative health services through a respite care program, as well as financial and health educational resources in order for these seniors and their families to better manage personal health costs. VISTA member will recruit and train student volunteers to provide respite care in the form of time and assistance to the caregiver.
NYCC VISTA Leader-
The NYCC VISTA Leader will support VISTA members professionally as they navigate projects involving two or more institutions, and personally as they take on service without many VISTAs nearby. Professional support will include shared training records, group webinars, training conferences, and a database of professional development opportunities. Personal support will include facilitated monthly reflection, one-on-one meetings, site visits, and a group service project. VISTA Leader networking with alumni will also provide current VISTAs with access to mentors. The VISTA Leader will collect all relevant tools and products that result from the VISTA projects and adapt them for posting on NYCC's website to serve as resources for other projects. Finally, the VISTA Leader will coordinate marketing of the VISTA projects as a whole to ensure VISTAs’ work is recognized and supported locally and state-wide, and that exemplary VISTA projects inspire AmeriCorps and private anti-poverty projects in the years to come.