Initiative reinforces adult-learning institution’s commitment to social justice
Antioch University was among more than 80 colleges and universities whose presidents and chancellors signed Campus Compact’s Action Statement promising to take specific steps to deepen their engagement for the benefit of students, communities, and the broader public. Campus Compact is a Boston-based national nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The group’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement details the steps higher education institutions will undergo – including a Campus Civic Action Plan – to advance the health and strength of communities and American democracy.
“Our programs, regardless of whether it is a Bachelor completion degree with a concentration in data analytics, a creative writing certificate, or a PhD in Leadership and Change, all integrate a crucial emphasis on social justice,” said Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman. “We’re proud to lend our voice to this initiative and continue inspiring engaged and community-minded advocates of positive change.”
More than 80 signatory presidents and chancellors attended a summit in Boston on March 20 to commemorate the compact, which formally links together hundreds of institutions to strengthen and extend the public responsibilities of higher education.
“Colleges and universities exist to promote public goods,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “By signing the Action Statement and continuing to develop Campus Civic Action Plans, these group of presidents and chancellors are challenging their institutions to go even further in preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship, contributing to the health of communities both local and global, and sustaining our democracy in the face of the twin challenges of inequality and polarization.”
Campus Compact helps academic institutions prepare students for lives of engaged citizenship by building partnerships that advance community and public goals. The organization will also assist colleges and universities with developing their Campus Civic Action Plans. At its March 20 summit, presidents and chancellors had opportunities to share ideas for campus-based work and to discuss coordination on national campaigns.
“Each of these institutions has already demonstrated a commitment to higher education with a higher purpose – education dedicated to service of the public good,” said Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.
To learn more about Antioch University’s commitment to social justice, visit antioch.edu. For more information about Campus Compact and its 30th Anniversary Action Statement, visit compact.org.