VISTA Member Highlight: Skyler Ramsey at Iowa Nonprofit Alliance

Seed Coalition is the grant sponsor for 15 AmeriCorps VISTA members across Minnesota and Iowa this year. This month, we are highlighting Skyler Ramsey, our Iowa Nonprofit VISTA. Their service is unique as it is shared between their site location at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Iowa’s recently launched state-wide nonprofit association, the [...]


Announcing: Seed Coalition

The countdown to coalition is over! Following National Campus Compact’s decision to dissolve its affiliate model, our network was faced with an opportunity to redefine our organizational identity and recommit to the vision and values that have guided our work for the past 30 years. Over the last two years, the Iowa & Minnesota Campus [...]


Introducing Iowa College Corps AmeriCorps

In Celebration of AmeriCorps week, we are excited to announce that for the 2024-2025 Academic Year, our Iowa AmeriCorps State and National grant program is expanding!  Next year, in addition to operating our Peer Mentoring program, (previously CLAP), we will also be launching a pilot of our Nonprofit and Public Sector Career Readiness program. With this expansion, our new and [...]


Countdown to Coalition Series Part 3: Sustaining the Public Purpose of Higher Education

“There’s a role we can play around helping to bring people together to work together to build a common good – that’s an area that needs a lot of help and it’s an opportunity for higher education to support engaged democracy.”–David Weerts https://youtu.be/nUf5TnEhE2A It’s a lot easier for our young people to see a shared [...]


Civic Action Academy: Reflection By Louise Ba

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Louise Ba ’24, a student at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, was selected as a Newman Fellow in 2022. The experience of convening with the Newman Fellows in Boston, Massachusetts that year allowed Ms. Ba to meet people from across the globe who served as inspiration and a source of community – one she [...]



Countdown To Coalition Series Part 2: Strengthening Education Through Community And Civic Engagement

In our countdown toward unveiling our new organizational identity and our movement towards identifying as a Coalition, we reached out to Paula O’Loughlin, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Augsburg University. Our Director of Member Services, Kara Trebil-Smith, asked Paula to help us explore the idea of how specifically civic [...]





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Seed Coalition strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its coalition of diverse college campuses in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Midwest. Our network includes rural and urban campuses, public universities and private colleges, community colleges, and trade schools.

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