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Nonprofit Data for Beginners

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

February 22: Making Use of Your Data

The term "big data" gets used (and misused) a lot, making it seem scary and expensive. But bigger isn't always better. Gathering the right data-and knowing how to use it-is what matters. Join us for Nonprofit Data for Beginners, a three-week course designed to help you ask the right questions, find the data you need, and use your data to strengthen your organization.

Please click here to register for this event. 

Refugee & Immigrant Resettlement in Waterloo, Iowa: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Location: University of Northern Iowa, Curris Business Building, Curris 109, John Deere Auditorium

Description: In conjunction with the opening of "Bosnian Portraits: At Home in the Cedar Valley." at the Grout Museum of History & Science, Waterloo, the documentary film, "A Home in the Heartland," about Bosnian resettlement in Waterloo in the 1990's and 2000's, will be screened. This 16-minute film was written, directed and produced by Don Fish, a UNI graduate. Don Fish will do a live video introduction to the film. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Bosnian resettlement in the Cedar Valley and its relation to other influxes to the Cedar Valley of refugess and newcomers. The panel, moderated by Mark Grewy (Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology, UNI), will include Sulejman Dizdarevic (Waterloo); Joana Lwin (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center, Waterloo); and Fernando Calderon (Department of History, UNI). 

Ripple Effects Mapping in Community Engagement 

Date: March 8th, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom Web Conference
Description: Are you looking for a great way to document the impacts of your community engagement efforts? Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) uses elements of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, and qualitative data analysis to engage program participants to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by a complex program or collaboration. The result is not only a powerful technique to document impacts, but a way to engage and re-energize participants and stakeholders to keep moving toward collective goals.

Presenter Scott Chazdon, an evaluator with the University of Minnesota’s Extension Center for Community Vitality, will provide an in-depth description of REM’s use to document the impacts of collaborative community initiatives, such as community gardening efforts in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods near downtown Saint Paul, and community engaged scholarship programming at the University of Minnesota.

Participants are encouraged to download A Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping, a free e-book, to reference during the webinar.

Registration is free of charge for those from Campus Compact member campuses and their community partners. Faculty, staff, representatives from community partner organizations, and national service members are welcome to attend. We encourage those from higher education to invite their community partners to participate, as well.

Registration closes on March 7, 2018 at 5 pm or when the event is filled, whichever is first.

With questions, please contact Sinda Nichols at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080.

Bosnian Portraits: At Home in the Cedar Valley 

Date: March 6,2018 - September 29, 2018, Tues-Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gallery Tour & Talks with Members of the Bosnian Exhibit Committee

April 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Grout Museum of History and Science, 503 South St. Waterloo

Description: Bosnian Portraits: At Home in the Cedar Valley depicts the journey from the aftermath of a burtal civil war to the heartland of America. It demonstrates the impact of the conflict and the resulting relocation and explores how the process of assimilation affected both the refugees and the people of the Cedar Valley. 

Community Engagement Celebration Day 

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Date: Thursday, April 19th, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Maucker Union Ballrooms 

Description: Community partners and UNI faculty, staff and students will have an opportunity to showcase their community engagement work! Many UNI faculty, staff, and students are involved in community engagement work through courses, research, student organizations and professional service. Be thinking about what projects, research and /or partnerships you can share with the UNI and Cedar Valley communities!