University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Minnesota Campus Compact director will speak at UND Roundtable Feb. 15

Julie Plaut, executive director of the Minnesota Campus Compact and a national leader in campus-community engagement, will be the featured speaker at the Regional Roundtable on Campus-Community Engagement, hosted by the UND Center for Community Engagement Feb. 15 at noon in the North Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Representatives from campuses across North Dakota and Northern Minnesota will attend the one day event to discuss ways to increase opportunities for service-learning, community-based research, and campus-community collaboration.

Other events featured at the roundtable include panel discussions on models of service-learning at campuses across the region (moderated by Paul LeBel, UND Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost), and faculty strategies for incorporating service-learning (moderated by Anne Kelsch, Director of UND Office of Instructional Development).  There will also be breakout sessions on Campus Compact and community-based research, as well as service-learning exhibits from participating campuses. The event will end with a closing reception sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

The highlight of the event is luncheon speaker Julie Plaut, executive director of the Minnesota Campus Compact. Campus Compact is a national coalition of 35 state affiliates and more than 1,100 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. The Minnesota Campus Compact has 40 member campuses from across the state. In addition to providing resources for developing service learning courses, Plaut will speak about Campus Compact and the benefits of campuses collaborating.

Prior to her work with the Minnesota Campus Compact, Plaut served as director of academic initiatives for the national Campus Compact, and as an independent consultant for several state Compacts and other nonprofit organizations.

While at Indiana University, where she earned a Ph.D. in history, Plaut taught several service-learning courses while helping establish and lead the campus service-learning office. She also has a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.  Plaut currently provides service to two organizations in the Twin Cities. She is the chair of the Board of Jewish Community Action and serves on the board of youthrive.

All events are open to the public but preregistration is required for the lunch. There is a $15 charge for lunch. To preregister, please go to or call 701.777.0675. The Regional Roundtable on Camps-Community Engagement is sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and the UND College of Arts & Sciences.