Campus Compact Affinity Networks

The Campus Compact Affinity Networks will bring together member campus faculty and staff from across the country to advance common priorities through sustained collegial networks that will provide space and structure to strategize together, ask questions and find answers, and support each other’s work.

Affinity networks will convene based on shared interests to form ongoing, sustained collegial networks that will provide space to participate in professional development, network, build partnerships, and share best practices.

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Campus Compact’s Vision for Affinity Networks

Affinity networks are democratic

All affinity networks will be designed to be democratic and embrace the following equity-based principles: that (a) everyone has knowledge to share, (b) everyone has learning to do, and (c) participants bring many identities and ways of knowing and that such diverse expressions should be encouraged and incorporated into affinity group’s activities. In this way, all affinity groups will be structured and monitored to support the growth and learning of all members.

Affinity networks are member-driven

Affinity netoworks are member-driven, so they may serve different purposes for different groups. The ways in which affinity groups are organized, the questions they consider, and the outcomes they seek will likely vary from group to group.

Affinity networks are equity-centered

Given the current social and historical moment and Campus Compact’s commitment to move beyond words and into tangible action, all affinity networks will be designed to center equity. This means acknowledging multiple forms of knowledge, centering marginalized voices, and being inclusive of the multiple intersectional identities of participants. We also strive to make our institutions more equitable, inclusive, and just places and as such we ask that participants be reflective of institutions’ reputations of harm and strive to make a commitment towards the elimination of barriers that impact the participation of individuals in the life and well-being of the institution and the local community.

Affinity networks bring theory, knowledge, and scholarship to practice

As new forms of knowledge and ways of knowing enter into and are acknowledged within the higher education community engagement space, it is important that we continue to work together to develop creative strategies that put our developing knowledge into transformative practice. Affinity networks are ideal places to collaboratively design, practice, and evaluate more inclusive, equity-focused approaches to engagement in our institutional contexts.

Structure and Schedule

Affinity networks will meet quarterly at a minimum. Meetings will likely be a combination of virtual and in-person gatherings, depending on resources, availability, and relative access. Participants are encouraged to regularly attend group meetings. The kinds of activities that take place within individual affinity groups will be driven by (and responsive to) the desires of member institutions and may include the sharing of best practices, professional development, networking, and partnership building.

2021-2022 Meeting Times:

2021-2022 Meeting Times:
Tuesday, Jul 20 @ 3 PM ET
(Introduction & Information Session)
Tuesday, Oct 5 @ 3 PM ET
Tuesday, Jan 11 @ 3 PM ET
Tuesday, Apr 5 @ 3 PM ET

2021-2022 Meeting Times:
Monday, Jul 19 @ 3PM ET
(Introduction & Information Session)
Monday, Oct 4 @ 3PM ET
Monday, Jan 10 @ 3PM ET
Monday, Apr 4 @ 3PM ET

2021-2022 Meeting Times
Thursday, Jul 15 @ 3 PM ET
(Introduction & Information Session)
Wednesday, Oct 6 @ 3 PM ET
Wednesday, Jan 12 @ 3 PM ET
Wednesday, Apr 6 @ 3 PM ET

2021-2022 Meeting Times:
Tuesday, Jul 13 @ 3 PM ET
(Introduction & Information Session)
Thursday, Oct 7 @ 3 PM ET
Thursday, Jan 13 @ 3 PM ET
Thursday, Apr 7 @ 3 PM ET

As an institutional membership affinity group, TRUCEN meetings do not follow the schedule of other affinity groups.

TRUCEN hosts an annual meeting, typically in the spring, inviting individuals from member institutions who lead or oversee civic and community engagement work in their respective high research university settings. The meeting provides an opportunity for members to share the knowledge and strategies they employ to advance higher education community engagement in their institutional contexts as well as to brainstorm new and creative approaches to common challenges and opportunities that they collectively encounter in their work. Throughout the year, network members are encouraged to continue to meet virtually to discuss issues of mutual interest and to imagine and disseminate resources and models that may be useful across higher education.

Questions? Contact Nicole Springer at