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Individual Civic Action Plan

Description: The Individual Civic Action Plan is a tool designed by Seed Coalition staff to help program participants become social change agents in their communities. This tool is best complemented by the Civic Competencies framework and Social Change Wheel. Individual-Civic-Action-Plan-April-2021-versionDownload

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Practicing Democracy: A Toolkit for Educating Civic Professionals

Description: Designed to provide a pathway to civic learning for students in all majors, Practicing Democracy: A Toolkit for Educating Civic Professionals offers practical approaches and strategies for developing students’ capacity to engage in collaborative, public problem solving. This user-friendly guide is divided into twelve lessons, each with activities focused on supporting the next generation [...]

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Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development

Description: In Summer 2013, a group of practitioner-scholars in higher education community engagement committed to developing a new resource to help guide professional development, career advancement, and unit guidance in the civic and community engagement field. Through a collective process, they developed a framework of competencies for community engagement professionals. These four areas, as outlined [...]

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Communicating Effectively about Community Engagement in Higher Education

Description: This toolkit provides guidance for a community engagement professionals, campus communications professionals, campus administrators, and others involved in telling the story of higher education community engagement. It is the work product of the 2017-18 Minnesota Campus Compact Communications Task Force. We thank all those who participated for their contributions. 2018_MNCC_CEP_CommunicationsToolkitDownload

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Civic Minded Resume

Description: Based on the Civic-Minded Professionals rubric, Iowa Campus Compact developed a toolkit for higher education professionals to help students better translate their community engagement experiences into the professional sphere. CivicMindedResumeDownload

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Civic Competencies Framework

Description: The Civic Competencies framework outlines how we hope students, AmeriCorps members, and interns explore and develop their civic capacity in Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact programs. This framework pulls from key concepts in the field of higher education and civic engagement, including the Active Citizen Continuum and the Civic Minded Graduate, to provide structure [...]



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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