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.
2020 Civic Engagement Institute
February 11, 2020 at Elon University
“Engagement 2.0: Civics, Civility, and Civil Discourse”
“Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men. “
– R. Ambedkar, Indian social reformer
By most accounts, polarization and mistrust are threatening our democracy. A June 2019 Pew Research poll found that a large majority of respondents (85%) believe the tone and nature of political debate in the United States has become more negative in recent years – as well as less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive. Another study by the group More in Common, in partnership with YouGov, which released their findings the same month, explored perceptions that Americans hold of opposing political views. One striking finding is that Democrats and Republicans believe that almost twice as many people on the other side hold extreme views than really do. A 2016 USC study found that political polarization was at its worst since the Civil War. One can only imagine what the data would show three years later. Finally, a 2016 study published in the Annals of American Association of Geographers found that the political divide extends to geography. It appears that Americans are increasingly sorting themselves or “self-segregating” based on politics. One summary of the study put it this way “one the one hand, like-minded people cluster together or with other like-minded people, and on the other, such clustering together makes people more like-minded. Read or download the full overview.
Who should attend?
Each NC Campus Compact member institution is invited to bring a team of up to five individuals to participate. We encourage you to assemble a broad spectrum of campus representatives who are interested in bridging divides both on and off campus. Aside from community engagement professionals, you may consider including administrators and staff from Student Life and Academic Affairs, Residential Life, offices of diversity, equity, and inclusion, librarians, and extension professionals, just to name a few. You should also consider faculty members in fields that are interested in civic and social life such as political science, sociology, ethnic studies, communications, etc. Each participating campus must identify a Team Leader to serve as the liaison between NC Campus Compact and the institution.
Role of the Team Leader
- Assemble a team (up to 5 individuals per institution)
- Facilitate team registration
- Disseminate pre-Institute materials/readings
- Convene team in advance of the Institute to discuss campus goals for the event
- Disseminate post-Institute materials/readings
- Convene the team after the Institute to debrief learning and continue the conversation
8:00 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Opening Session
10:00 a.m. Immersion Workshops
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Immersion Workshops
4:00 p.m. Team Planning
4:20 p.m. Team Reports
4:40 p.m. Closing Session
- National Issues Forum Deliberative Dialogue
- Living Room Conversations
- Civil Discourse ® Institute for Civil Dialogue
- Dialogue to Change process Everyday Democracy
- Essential Partners
- Intergroup Dialogue
- Sustained Dialogue Institute
Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director.
2019 — The Institute was on hiatus as we shift to a biannual event.
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).
Held in partnership with Duke University. Featured Speaker: Dr. David Scobey, University of Michigan. Click here for highlights.
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.
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.
Held at Elon University. Featured Speakers: Dr. Peter Levine, Tufts University/ CIRCLE; Dr. Judith Ramaley, Portland State University. Click here for highlights.
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
Held at Elon University. Featured Speakers: Dr. Cathy Burack, Brandeis University; Hillary Kane, PHENND; Dr. David Maurrasse, Marga Incorporated
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.
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?”
Featured Speakers: Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University; Dr. Tania Mitchell, Stanford University
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