Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C)


In November 2019, we launched the Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C). This event is designed to provide students with an immersive experience in deliberative democracy. Based on the success of the inaugural event, we will host this event every other year (on odd numbered years), alternating with our traditional CSNAP Student Conference. The next 4C will be in November 2021.

Highlights from the Inaugural 4C competition

On November 9, NC Campus Compact hosted our first Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C) competition at Elon University.

In the morning Dr. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University, delivered a keynote address “Hunger in North Carolina: Who is Most at Risk?” Dr. Danielle Lake, Director of Design Thinking at Elon University provided an overview of the design thinking model.

Using the “Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure That People have the Food they Need?” Issue Guide from the National Issues Forum, participants then engaged in a two-hour deliberative dialogue weighing both benefits and drawbacks to various proposals to address food insecurity.

After a period of preparation and planning, all 16 teams presented their own proposal for addressing the issue before a distinguished panel of judges in a preliminary round. The judges selected four teams to compete in a final round of presentations.

The winning teams were North Carolina A & T State University and Elizabeth City State University. The other two finalist teams were Elon University and UNC Chapel Hill. The top two teams won money $1500 and $1000 respectively to support food insecurity efforts on campus. (pictured above: NC A & T and ECSU teams)

NC A & T proposal:  Establish a program at an existing center near campus to offer healthier foods, to provide nutrition education, and to support residents who want to grow their own crops. The program would engage both the campus and the greater Greensboro community.

ECSU proposal: Create a community garden on campus to provide access to healthy foods for students and the greater Elizabeth City community. The team’s approach included redistributing food from local restaurants and implement the “swipe away” meal program on campus.

Pictured below: Elon University and UNC Chapel Hill teams

Participating teams: Central Piedmont Community College; East Carolina University; Elizabeth City State University; Elon University; Forsyth Technical Community College; Guilford College; High Point University; Lenoir-Rhyne University; NC A & T State University;NC State University; Queens University of Charlotte; UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC Greensboro; UNC Pembroke; Warren Wilson College; and Western Carolina University. 

Judges:

Eric Aft, CEO – Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Leslie Boney, Director – Institute for Emerging Issues
Casey Claflin, Harvest Table Culinary Group Guest Experience – Aramark
Hunter Corn, Director – Wildacres Leadership Initiative
Eric Henry, CEO – TS Designs
Briles Johnson, Community Development Officer – North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
James Korfas, Elon Resident Manager – Aramark
Danielle Lake, Director of Design Thinking, Associate Professor – Elon University
Alyssa Martina Director, Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Elon University
Noah Ranells, Owner / Manager at Fickle Creek Farm, NC Farmlink – Eastern Region
Bevelyn Ukah, NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Alum and Youth Organizer –  Food Youth Initiative
Irving Zavaleta-Jiménez, Assistant Director – NC Campus Compact

Overview of 4C

Why?

Our society faces many urgent challenges that require decisive action to begin to address. Additionally, incivility and polarization are at record levels. The need for citizens to come together to find common ground for action is critical. We believe it is essential that young people gain skills to work with others to thoughtfully deliberate and weigh options for action to address these issues.

Each North Carolina Campus Compact member campus is invited to assemble a team of four-five civic-minded student leaders plus an additional student to serve as an alternate. Each campus is also expected to bring an advisor to provide support.

Goals

  • Provide students with skills to engage in deliberative dialogue on critical issues facing our state, nation, and world.
  • Prepare students to explore creative problem solving, using design thinking, while seeking to find common ground for action on these same issues. Design thinking is a creative process, methods, and a mindset for more fully understanding problems worth solving and creating viable opportunities for collaborative action in response.
  • Build civic agency (See this definition of Civic Agency from the American Democracy Project.)

Skills Utilized

– Deliberation           – Dialogue
– Team work             – Presentation development
– Public speaking     – Problem solving
– Self-awareness      – Brainstorming
– Inquiry                    – Design Thinking

What

In September the topic will be announced and campuses will recruit their teams. Teams are expected to engage in a design thinking process to research the issue within the local context of their college or university. A toolkit is provided for this process. They can also review the National Issues Forum issue guide that will be discussed.

On the day of the event, students hear from an expert on the topic then they engage in a National Issues Forum Deliberative Dialogue Forum on a topic.  After lunch, teams are given prep time to proposed a course of action to address the issue based on their pre-work, the morning presentation, the dialogue, and the proposed actions in the Issue Guide.

Questions

Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director (336) 278-7278.