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Indiana Campus Compact
Executive Director
Indianapolis, Indiana
J.R. Jamison has spent nearly two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. His rubric on embedding community engagement into campus culture has been adopted by more than 40 colleges and universities across the globe, and he has written and won over $5 million of grants to support such engagement efforts.

He is the Executive Director of the Indiana Campus Compact, a partnership of 35 institutions of higher education in Indiana dedicated to preparing students to advance the public good in their communities; he is the Co-Founder of The Facing Project, a national organization with chapters in 75 communities that connects people through stories to strengthen community; he serves as an Editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement; and he is the Co-Host of The Compact Nation Podcast on iTunes.

J.R. has developed multiple community engagement curriculum guides, including the guide for Kelsey Timmerman’s 2012 book, “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes” – a New York Times Bestseller. His writing has appeared in numerous national journals and he has been featured in The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, The Guardian, and on NPR.

J.R. is a graduate of Ball State University with an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and a B.S. in Cultural Geography and Creative Writing.