Update: Campus Compact for Southern New England

Less than a year ago, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island Campus Compacts began the process of merging into a single organization, Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE). We are still on track to complete this process on July 1, 2017.

Our first priority has been to continue to deliver resources and supports that are aligned with the needs of our member institutions while also developing a new model for transformative impact across state lines and across sectors. We have started by bringing together a strong team of committed, passionate colleagues who are ready for new and innovative ways of coalition building. Our staff will include six professional positions, including a regional director, a chief membership officer, a program manager, a VISTA program director, and two VISTA program managers.

In February, CCSNE was awarded an AmeriCorps VISTA grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service that leverages over $1.5 million in federal resources. The VISTA Corps will address poverty by building the capacity of campuses and their community partners to improve education outcomes for economically disadvantaged PK-20 students. We are actively recruiting 70 VISTA members to serve throughout the region.

For its first year, CCSNE will be located at 45 Temple Place in downtown Boston, in the current Massachusetts Campus Compact office. This office shares a building with the national Campus Compact office and the New England Board of Higher Education. CCSNE will move to a more central regional location in the summer of 2018.

We recently launched the CCSNE website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Starting July 1, 2017, these will become our central vehicles for connecting with members and promoting network-wide opportunities.

We will continue to share our progress with members, including another CCSNE update in June highlighting initial programming details for the 2017–18 academic year. Additionally, state-level communications will continue in traditional ways through June. In the meantime, please feel free to send your questions and ideas to Barbara Canyes.