Kathy Engelken 


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Kathy EngelkenExecutive Director for Illinois Campus Compact located in Chicago, Illinois at DePaul University, Chicago. 45 Illinois Colleges and Universities make up the current membership. As Executive Director, Kathy is responsible to recruit new members, consult with Presidents, faculty, staff and students and help cultivate the vision of civic engagement and service each college/university is developing or involved in at their individual campuses. She assists in training, resources, funding and consults with each campus about integrating service learning and civic engagement on campus as well as in the overall development of democratic partnerships with local public schools and their communities. Kathy has been committed to the mission of Illinois Campus Compact since its beginning in 1992. She has served as the Executive Director for ILCC for nine years. Kathy serves on the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition and the Illinois Service Learning Advisory Committee. As a part of the National Campus Compact, she often speaks and presents at civic engagement conferences and workshops.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. As an educator she has taught at the Junior High School and College level in Iowa and Illinois. She has a great zeal for experiential learning and strongly encourages students opportunities to gain experience in this area and gives them opportunities to be service learners. Kathy is extremely passionate about educating students as citizens and building communities. She has found her niche in the mission and work of Campus Compact.

Ms Engelken served at Rockford College for nine years where she held positions as the Catholic Campus Minister, the Associate Dean of Students and the Vice President for Student Affairs. She was instrumental in developing the Community based Service-Learning program at Rockford College and was the first director of the Community Service Programs Office, now known as the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement. Kathy is truly dedicated and speaks out about the vision she and others have for teaching civic engagement, citizenship and service-learning.

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