Network Meetings

Our twice-yearly network meetings offer community and civic engagement administrators (faculty and staff) the opportunity to connect with NC Campus Compact staff and colleagues at other schools.  Starting in 2019 we launched a six-year professional development curriculum for the meetings. The curriculum framework is drawn from The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field and the Community Engagement Professional’s Guidebook: A Companion to the Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education. Each NC Campus Compact member institution received a copy of the Guidebook. Special thanks to NC Campus Compact Advisory Board members Dr. Lane Perry, Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Western Carolina University, and Bob Frigo, Associate Director, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Elon University, for assisting with the curriculum design and facilitation.

In addition to the professional development session, the meeting includes lunch, NC Campus Compact updates, and time for member campuses to share their highlights.

Network meetings occur in early August and early January. We are always seeking member campuses to host the August network meetings. The January meetings are virtual. Campuses can download an overview of host responsibilities here. These events are only open to representatives from campuses in the NC Campus Compact network. Campuses may send multiple representatives. There is no charge to attend but participants must RSVP.

Summer 2020 Network Meetings [VIRTUAL]

Tuesday, August 4  (Western Region)
Wednesday, August 5 (Eastern Region)
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The annual August regional network meetings will be virtual this year. The professional development topic is “Cultivating High-Quality Community Partnerships.”  Please note that, although the meetings are divided by region in order to manage the size of each gathering, you are welcome to attend the day that works best with your schedule.

Registration is now closed. Contact Leslie with any questions.


10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Professional Development session
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch break (no programming)
1:00 p.m. –  1:30 p.m.     NC Campus Compact Updates
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.      Bright Spots (two campuses will share  innovative and/or impactful campus models, and/or research and knowledge to inform the field. If you would like to present please describe the work you would like to share in the registration form.
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Featured resource: A View from You, Dr. Larry Schooler, Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Campus Highlights (each campus will share updates on their plans for the fall – 3 minutes per campus) 

The professional development sessions continue to draw upon the content in Community Engagement Professional’s Guidebook: A Companion to the Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education. If your campus did not receive a copy, please contact Leslie Garvin immediately.

Special guests:

  • Marisol Morales, VP for Network Leadership for Campus Compact
  • Patti Clayton, Independent Consultant (PHC Ventures), Senior Scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Visiting Fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, and Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Laura Martin, Associate Director, McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, University of Mississippi
  • Sean Crossland, Director of Thayne Center for Service & Learning, Salt Lake City Community College

Past Network Meetings (Highlights)

January 2020

Professional Development Topic: “Facilitating Students’ Civic Learning and Development” (Part II)

We appreciate Campbell University (January 8) and UNC Charlotte (January 10) for hosting the winter network meetings. During the morning professional development session we continued our exploration of the “Facilitating Students’ Civic Learning and Development” competency outlined in The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field. The session was facilitated by Bob Frigo, Elon University and Lane Perry, Western Carolina University and also featured Annie Jonas, Chair, Education Department and Director of Faculty Community Engagement, Warren Wilson College and Alex Dennis, Assistant Director, Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement.

Thanks also to our Bright Spots presenters!

Eastern region: Kimmie Garner, Duke University and Mary Morrison, Elon University

Western region:  James Shields, Guilford College; Momodu Taylor, Lenoir-Rhyne University; and Tamara Johnson – UNC Charlotte

August 2019

Professional Development Topic: “Facilitating Students’ Civic Learning and Development”

Thanks to NC Central University (August 1) and NC A & T State University (August 2) for hosting the summer network meetings. We officially launched our new (6-year) professional learning series exploring Chapter 7 in The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field. The session featured the chapter co-authors Dr. Jodi Benenson, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha and Dr. Kevin Hemer, Assessment Analysis, Institutional Research, Colorado University-Boulder. They joined remotely. Dr. Patti Clayton, SLCE consultant, shared a brief history of student civic engagement in the field and provided tools and resources for the participants to explore. The session was facilitated by Leslie Garvin, NC Campus Compact Executive Director, and Dr. Lane Perry, Executive Director, of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Western Carolina University.

If you are an NC Campus Compact campus liaison and did not receive the link to the professional development folder, please notify Leslie Garvin.

Stacey Carless, Executive Director of the NC Counts Coalition, provided a Census 2020 overview to help campuses prepare. We also collected donations for NC Central’s Campus Pantry and NC A & T’s Aggie Source Food Pantry.

Each participating campus received a copy of The Community Engagement Professional’s Guidebook: A Companion to The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education. This will guide the professional learning session during the January 2020 network meetings.

January 2019

The winter network meetings were held at Durham Technical Community College (January 3) and Davidson County Community College (January 4). The morning professional learning session featured Dr. Lina Distilio, the University of Pittsburgh’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and author of The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field. She provided an overview of the book which will guide the next three years of network meeting professional development sessions as we dive into each competency outlined in the book.

Participants brought non-perishable food items to donate to the Campus Harvest Food Pantry at Durham Tech and the Storm Food Pantry at Davidson County Community College. Both pantries provide temporary food assistance to their students at no costParticipants toured each pantry. Additionally participants at the Davidson County Community College meeting toured their Enrollment Van which travels throughout the region recruiting and enrolling students.

August 2018 

The summer 2018 network meetings were held at Western Carolina University (August 1) and Wayne Community College (August 2).  At both gatherings, the morning professional development session supported NC Campus Compact’s Community of Practice, Inquiry, and Learning (COPIL) and involved a facilitated set of discussions and exercises exploring key concepts in the Service Learning, Community Engagement (SLCE) field. COPIL is using this information to produce knowledge to support the field in NC and beyond. Institutions who have begun implementing their Civic Action Plans also provided updates on their progress. Selected campuses shared “Bright Spots” highlighting new and exciting engagement efforts. 

For the western region meeting participants brought donations of non-perishable food items for Homebase, a partner agency at Western Carolina University that supports college students who have aged out of foster or residential care. For the eastern region meeting participants brought games and toys (pictured)  for North Drive Elementary School, which is the partner elementary school for Wayne Community College.

Agenda Handout

January 2018

The Winter 2018 network meeting was held at Wake Forest University, January 3. Thanks to the Pro Humanitate Center at Wake Forest for hosting the event and the Greater Triad branch of the Diaper Brank of NC for hosting the service project following the meeting. The professional development session included a review and small group discussions related to the new NC Campus Compact strategic plan as well as a facilitated conversation about free speech using the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education’s “Free Speech & Inclusion on Campus” discussion guide. Due to inclement weather, the January 4 eastern region meeting at Durham Technical Community College was held as a virtual meeting.

Agenda Handout
2018 Calendar & Carnegie Handout

August 2017

The Summer 2017 network meetings were held at Pfeiffer University (August 1) and UNC Pembroke (August 3). Thanks especially to Pfeiffer President Colleen Perry Keith and UNCP Chancellor Robin G. Cummings for welcoming our network to their respective campuses! Our morning sessions included roundtable discussions on topics selected by participants, as well as lighting presentations of scholarship by colleagues. The following documents were shared:

Agenda Handout (with program announcements)
2017-2018 NC Campus Compact Calendar (updated!)
Dear Colleague Letter (edit and share with your campus)
Roundtable slides and topic handouts
Lighting Presentation Slide deck (Google slides)
Campus Sharing Slide deck (Google slides)

January 2017

The Winter 2017 meetings were held at Queens University of Charlotte (January 4) and Meredith College in Raleigh (January 5). Across the two sessions, 50 individuals representing 24 campuses attended. Our morning session focused on three topics: civic action planning, sustaining election engagement, and equity and diversity. The following documents were shared:

Agenda Handout (with afternoon business meeting announcements)
2017 NC Campus Compact Calendar
Resources for Continuing Campus Political Engagement
Engaged Faculty Scholars Handout
Service Year NC handout (an Institute for Emerging Issues initiative)

August 2016

The summer 2016 meetings were hosted by Davidson College and UNC Wilmington. The sessions focused on “Creating a Strong Civic Action Plan.” The following documents were shared:

PowerPoint from the session (adapted from training by Minnesota Campus Compact)
Creating a Great Civic Action Plan (national Campus Compact guidance)
Campus Civic Action Plan Guidance (simplified version of document above)
Action Plan Template 1   | Action Plan Template 2

January 2016

The winter 2016 meetings were hosted by Warren Wilson College and NC State University. Over the two days, 53 faculty and staff attended representing 21  campuses. Our professional development session focused on fostering student electoral engagement and featured guest experts Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy NC and Mike Burns, national director of the Campus Vote Project. We learned about the latest iteration of NC’s voter registration and ID laws, discussed best practices and challenges for campuses fostering student civic learning through electoral engagement, and heard updates from members schools about local developments in community and civic engagement. The following documents were shared:

2016 Student Voting Guide for North Carolina (from Campus Vote Project)
NC Guide to College Voting (from Democracy NC)
NC College Student Voting: Issues & Strategies (PowerPoint)
Your Campus Vote Plan (worksheet)
Developing Strategic Goals for Voter Registration (worksheet)

August 2015

The summer 2015 meetings were hosted by Central Piedmont Community College and Methodist University. Over a dozen invited presenters from across the network spoke during the professional development sessions, which focused on “Becoming an Engaged Campus: Best Practices and Lessons Learned.”

K-12 survey report
K-12 survey program highlights

January 2015

The winter 2015 meetings were hosted by Duke University, specifically the DukeEngage and Duke Community Service Center, and the Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Development Innovation Center. Fifty-three faculty and staff representing 21 institutions participated. The professional development sessions — “Social Justice and Self-Reflection for Civic Engagement Professionals” — were led by Dr. Silvia Bettez, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department, UNC Greensboro School of Education. Read more about the gathering here.

Session Handout

August 2014

The summer 2014 meetings were hosted by UNC Greensboro (Institute for Community and Economic Engagement) and Appalachian State University (Appalachian and Community Together). Sixty civic engagement professionals  representing 24 institutions attended. Julie Plaut and John Hamerlinck of Minnesota Campus Compact facilitated the professional development sessions, which drew on their 2014 publication Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education. Janni Sorensen and Tara Bengle, faculty at UNC Charlotte also discussed their chapter in the book, “On the Path to Neighborhood Transformation: Social Capital, Physical Improvements, and Empowerment in Partnership.”  They discussed the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP).  Read more here.


January 2014

These meetings were hosted by Catawba Valley Community College and Wake Technical Community College. Forty-two individuals representing 22 colleges and universities attended. The professional development sessions — “CEAs in conversation with Economic Development on Campus and in the Community” — were led by Adrienne Cole, Executive Director of the Wake County Economic Development, and Dr. Tom White, Director of the Economic Development Partnership at NC State.