Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C)

November 9, 2019 @ Elon University

Registration closes October 21

In place of the annual CSNAP student conference, for 2019 we are hosting the Community Change Collegiate Challenge. This event is designed to provide an immersive experience in deliberative problem solving.


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.


  • 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


During the morning session, participants will engage in a National Issues Forum Deliberative Dialogue Forum on a topic. Teams will learn what the topic is and receive the issue guide one week in advance of the event. During that week of preparation, teams are encouraged to research the issue within the local context of their college or university. After lunch, teams will have one-hour to prepare a proposed course of action to address the issue based on their dialogue and the proposed actions in the Issue Guide. They can include this data, information, and statistics in their formal presentation at 4C.


We invite each North Carolina Campus Compact member campus to assemble a team of five civic-minded student leaders.  Institutions can bring one additional student to serve as an alternate. Each campus is also encouraged to bring up to two advisors to participate. Advisors will engage in the morning dialogue but are only able to provide advice for the presentation. If you would like to participate and you are a Campus Compact member institution in another state or a non-member NC institution, please contact Leslie Garvin. After registration closes we will determine our capacity to accommodate additional institutions.


Registration is $50 per person, which includes meals.

Tentative schedule

8:30 a.m.         Check-in and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m.         Opening Session & Overview of Deliberative Dialogue
10:15 a.m.       Move to dialogue rooms
10:30 a.m.       Dialogues begin
12:30 p.m.       Lunch
1:15 p.m.         Team presentation prep
2:15 p.m.         Group presentations & activities
3:00 p.m.         Plenary Session & reflection
3:30 p.m.         Finalist presentations (5)
4:10 p.m.         Group activity
4:30 p.m.         Announcement of winners


$1500 – 1st place
$750 – 2nd place


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