CCCE Updates

CCCE Director’s Note

Though many Carleton community members first arrive via a flight into MSP, then drive
down I-35 and through corn fields into ‘the middle of nowhere,’ we are not, in fact, nowhere.”

Fall Term ACE Gathering – October 18, 4-6pm

Please join us for the fall gathering of faculty and staff involved in Academic Civic Engagement. These gatherings are intended to provide an opportunity for us to share experiences, learn from each other, and build a deeper sense of community. Drop in anytime from 4-6 pm at the Alumni Guest House Library for beverages, snacks, and community. Please RSVP by October 16 if you can join us.

Campus Coalitions Towards Indigenous Futures chapter published

American Studies professor Meredith McCoy, CCCE director Sinda Nichols, Zia NoiseCat ’23, and community partner Paul Dressen from the Prairie Island Indian Community co-authored a chapter in a newly published book, Anti-Racist Community Engagement. Their chapter is “Campus Coalitions Towards Indigenous Futures: ARCE Reflections on Institutional and Pedagogical Change”. You can check it out from the CCCE office library or the Carleton library (on order).

ACE Collaborations

CCCE staff, student fellows, and ACE faculty head to Imagining America

This month, a group of Carleton staff, students, faculty, and an ACE community partner are facilitating a workshop focusing on long-term community partnerships at the Imagining America (IA) conference in Providence, Rhode Island. This year’s IA gathering topic is Radical Reckoning: Invoking the Elements for Collective Change. Carleton representatives at the conference will include: Anita Chikkatur, Professor of Educational Studies; Juan Garcia Reyes, CCCE ACE student fellow; Laska Jimsen, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies; Jonathan Nguyen, Carleton student and IA Joy of Giving Something Fellow; Sinda Nichols, CCCE Director, Abigail Rombalski, YoUthROC; Emily Seru, CCCE Academic Civic Engagement and Scholarship Associate Director; and Lin Winton, Director of the Quantitative Resource Center. The Imagining America consortium brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Working across institutional, disciplinary, and community divides, IA strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues.

Public Scholarship at Carleton

Successful 1st Annual Day of Public Scholarship

a small group of people look at pictures on a table as part of the Day of Public Scholarship 2023
Day of Public Scholarship attendees participate in a reflection activity

The Broom Fellow (Professor Palmar Álvarez-Blanco) and the CCCE hosted the first annual Day of Public Scholarship at Carleton on June 8. Forty Carleton staff, faculty, and local community leaders gathered to learn from experts in the field and share their own personal experiences with public scholarship. Guest speakers Dr. Ellen Mayock, Washington and Lee professor and author of Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace, and Dr. Buffy Smith, Dean of Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas, shared their personal journeys with public scholarship. Feedback on the event was positive overall, with attendees highlighting thought-provoking interdisciplinary conversations, the opportunity to interact with people they don’t typically work with, and the designated time for reflection. Many participants also appreciated how the combination of guest speakers showed that there are many different entry points into public scholarship, as well as many ways to do the work.  

Interested in public scholarship? Join us at the 2nd Annual Day of Public Scholarship in June – more information on the event will be posted on the CCCE webpage in early 2024. You can also learn more about your Carleton colleagues’ public scholarship work through the Media Library for Public Scholarship. 

ACE Resources and Funding Opportunities


Request funding through the CCCE to support your ACE course (honorariums, events support, supplies) or for an ACE TA or Public Scholarship Assistant. Rolling deadline. You can request Field Trip Funds for transportation for ACE-related trips through the Office of the Provost (email Eric Egge) or request funding from your department. ACE does not have a transportation budget.

NEW! ACE Co-Creation Grants up to $4,000 to support the work of a community partner in the planning, and co-education within an ACE course and/ or project. Winter term deadline: January 12.

Puzak Endowed Fund for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. Rolling deadline.

Incubator Grants to foster pedagogical and curricular exploration and innovation. Rolling deadline.

Applications for the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader (PFL) Program in the Humanities are due April 5, 2024 for a Spring 2024 course. This is a $4,500 award—$500 of which can be used as an administrative honorarium. Please contact Emily Seru for information and how to apply.

The Place-Based Justice Network Catalyst Award applications are due November 6. Awards of up to $4000 are available to accelerate community engaged efforts across PBJN member institutions, including Carleton. The goal of this funding is to recognize and support place-based community engagement projects that advance community resiliency (the ability of a community to withstand and recover from adverse social and environmental challenges) and close equity gaps (in education, food, social supports, etc.) in alignment with PBJN values.

Events and Opportunities

For students: Civic Action Academy & Civic Engagement Mini-Summit The 2023 Civic Action Academy will be held on November 10-11 at Grinnell College (Iowa). This professional development opportunity will bring students from Iowa and Minnesota together to learn new ways of making a difference and building skills through civic and community engagement. Sessions will offer skill-building in civic action including philanthropy, leadership, dialogue, advocacy, and more. Please share this opportunity with your students.

The Place-Based Justice Network is offering a Zoom Peer Coaching Salon October 25, 2023, 1-2pm. Topic: “Navigating the current political climate in community engagement work”. Register here.

“Moving Beyond the Policy: Practical Considerations for Reforming Promotion and Tenure” Learn about and discuss efforts to more effectively integrate community engagement in institutional promotion and tenure structures, processes, and procedures. On Zoom, November 8, 12-1:30pm.

Dissertation Dish, Monday, October 23, 2:00-3:30pm Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, Director of Community-Engaged Learning at Vassar College. Dr. Cannon’s dissertation research topic is An Exploration of Two Community Advisory Boards Within Community Engagement Centers at Institutions of Higher Education. 

At Carleton: Community Archaeology Day, November 14, 2-5pm, Anderson 121/122. Come learn what Carleton ACE course Archaeology Methods and Lab has found in their excavations of Seccombe House Music Hall (pictured at right). Students will share artifacts and discuss what they have learned. This event is free and open to the public. The Carleton Humanities and Arts Trailer will be on site for community members who want to record oral histories.

Calls for Publications

Call for chapter abstracts for Community Engaged Praxis in Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights Education: Partnering for Transformative Change (working title). Practitioners, scholars, artists, and community-based organizations who are involved in community-engaged peace, social justice, and/or human rights education (broadly defined) partnerships for transformation and social change are invited to submit abstracts for this proposed edited volume. Chapter abstracts (500 words max) are due November 1.

The Michigan Journal of Community Service learning has a call for book reviews of recent (published within the last five years) literature about service-learning and community-based research. Books selected for review should offer new scholarly perspectives on important issues in community-based teaching and learning and engaged scholarship for diverse audiences, including faculty, students, or community members and partners. Rolling deadline.

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning also has an open call for “lively and original articles on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues pertinent to (a) civic engagement, (b) campus-community partnerships, (c) curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and (d) engaged/public scholarship in higher education”. Rolling deadline.