Civic Engagement Institute

Launched in 2007, the Civic Engagement Institute deeply explores one civic engagement topic during a day-long gathering. Only campuses that are part of the NC Campus Compact network may attend. Participants from each campus typically include an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners who share a particular interest or expertise in the selected topic. Starting in 2018 the event changed from annual to biennial (on even-dated years). 

Past Institutes

2020 — Engagement 2.0: Civics, Civility, and Civil Discourse

Held at Elon University, the event featured facilitators representing seven dialogue methods. Each participant was able to experience two 2.5 hour immersive workshops. The keynote speaker was Dr. Clark D. Olson, professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human  Communication, Arizona State University and president and founding director of the Institute for Civil Dialogue.

Featured methods:

2019 — The Institute was on hiatus as we shift to a biennial event. 

2018 — Education for Democracy: Promoting Civility and Problem Solving through Deliberative Pedagogy

Held at Elon University. Speakers: Dr. Timothy Shaffer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Assistant Director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University; and Dr. Nicholas Longo, chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies, Providence College, co-authors of “Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement” (July 2017, MSU Press).

2017 — Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Sharing Lessons, Cultivating Collaborations

Held in partnership with Duke University. Featured Speaker: Dr. David Scobey, University of Michigan. Click here for highlights.

2016 — Democratic Education: 100 Years Beyond Dewey

Held at High Point Univeristy. Speakers: Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Professor Emeritus of English and Media Studies, Bentley University; Dr. Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President, The Democracy Collaborative. Click here for highlights.

2015 — A Common Agenda for Collective Impact: Campus, Community, Compact

The 2015 Civic Engagement Institute was cancelled due to inclement weather. The event was replaced by a 7-part “Collective Impact Webinar Series.” Learn more about the series at the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute website.

2014 — Anchoring Community Vitality: Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development

Held at UNC Wilmington. Featured Speaker: Dr. Richard Guarasci, Wagner College. Click here for highlights. Click here for the 2014 CEI Follow-Up Recommendations.

2013 — Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community

Held at Elon University. Featured Speakers: Dr. Peter Levine, Tufts University/ CIRCLE; Dr. Judith Ramaley, Portland State University. Click here for highlights.

2012 — Intensifying Impact:  Engagement Matters

Held at UNC Chapel Hill. To celebrate our Compact’s 10th anniversary, the Institute and PACE Conference were combined to a single event. Featured Speakers: Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC&U; Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University; President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges;
Chancellor Philip Dubois, UNC Charlotte; President Carol Quillen, Davidson College; President R. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System

2011 — A Deep Commitment to Our Communities: Anchor Institutions, Engagement and Collaboration

Held at Elon University. Featured Speakers: Dr. Cathy Burack, Brandeis University; Hillary Kane, PHENND; Dr. David Maurrasse, Marga Incorporated

2010 — Civic Engagement Through Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Brett Smith, Miami University; Al Delia, Senior Advisor to NC Governor Bev Perdue; Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden Leaf Foundation; Judith Cone, UNC Chapel Hill, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

2009 — Next Generation Success: Retention and Civic Engagement

Featured Speakers: Dr. James H. Johnson,William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC Chapel Hill; Wayne Meisel, President of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation; Robyn Hadley, Executive Director of “What’s After High School?”

2008 — Community Partners as Co-Educators

Featured Speakers: Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University; Dr. Tania Mitchell, Stanford University

2007 — Developing and Expanding International Service-Learning on Your Campus

Featured Speakers: Dr. Barbara Holland, Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse; Dr. Richard Kiely, Cornell University; Dr. Maureen Porter, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Kalyan Ray, International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership; Dr. Humphrey Tonkin, University Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus of the University of Hartford