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Saint Mary's Co-hosts

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Lina Dostilio.

"The article on the study conducted by Marshall Welch and John Saltmarsh provides a benchmark for what centers typically do to support community engagement, but more importantly provides a roadmap for how forward-looking centers invest their effort and resources. We are using the article and their work as part of our center's strategic planning process." 

- Lina D Dostilio, Director, Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research, Duquesne University
Lead Scholar, Campus Compact's Project on the Community Engagement Professional

Campus Engagement Directors Retreat

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This summer working retreat is an exceptional, affordable opportunity for reflection on institutional practices for advancing civic engagement. Join us at Saint Mary's College on July 7-8, 2016.

In collaboration with Campus Compact and New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), the retreat provides a relaxed and tranquil setting for a center director and an administrator from a limited number of campuses to work with colleagues and each other in un-interrupted time and space to ensure an intimate and productive experience. Participants will undertake an empirically based assessment of engagement infrastructure for the purpose of strategic planning. Each team will leave the retreat with a completed inventory of their current practice and an action plan to launch an initiative at their campus. The retreat is facilitated by John Saltmarsh and Marshall Welch, authors of, Best Practices and Infrastructures for Campus Centers of Community Engagement with Elaine Ikeda, California Campus Compact and Laurie Worrall, New York Campus Compact.

Who Should Attend?

We suggest each institution send two participants:

  • the center director and
  • an identified administrator.

Interested participants must apply and be selected for attendance.

We are limited to 15 campuses (2 participants from each campus).

Why Should You Attend?

The gift of focused time and space in a beautiful & conducive location for intentional strategic planning to promote and institutionalize community engagement.

What is the Retreat?

  • Day and half retreat for strategic planning to advance civic engagement on campus.
  • Developing competencies for leading civic engagement + professional development.
  • Taking inventory of assets, resources, and best practice to create a strategic plan targeting specific goals.
  • Networking with colleagues.

Dates & Location

July 7-8, 2016

Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575


$550 per person includes all meals, housing, and materials.