Host the Conference

Benefits of Hosting the Conference

Hosting the conference provides a number of benefits to the host campus.

  • Hosting the conference raises the visibility of community service, service-learning, and civic engagement on your campus, including with senior university/college officials.
  • The college/university president or other senior official has the opportunity to welcome and address the conference participants. The process of preparing the president’s remarks often serves to deepen the president’s understanding and appreciation of civic engagement and service-learning at your institution.
  • Hosting the conference raises the visibility and improves the reputation of your institution and your service program externally – within the local community, state and region; with other colleges and universities throughout the nation; and among the dozens of national and regional nonprofit organizations that also participate in the conference.
  • The mayor or other elected official has the opportunity to welcome and address conference participants. As with your college president, this experience deepens that public official’s understanding and appreciation of student involvement in community service and service-learning.
  • Hosting provides the opportunity for a large number of your students, staff, and faculty to attend the conference.
  • Host campus students who get involved in organizing the conference gain valuable leadership skills and experiences.
  • Hosting the conference is also an opportunity for your institution to support and advance the field of community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.

We invite your campus to submit an application to host the next IMPACT National Conference.

To consider this option, we invite you to contact our host campus selection committee chair, Steve Janowiak.

Our next top priority are applications to host the 2018 Conference, however, we are also open to receiving bids for conferences further out.


Feel free to contact us to express initial interest in exploring the possibility or to ask questions. We find that it’s usually very helpful to be engaged in conversation with us throughout the process of considering whether to apply as well as while putting together the application.

Contact Steve Janowiak, Chair, Host Campus Selection Committee