PACE Conference

NC Campus Compact’s annual PACE Conference seeks to grow and share the practice and scholarship of engagement. Plenary and breakout sessions advance the higher education SLCE (service-learning and community/civic engagement) field by sharing research findings, innovative programs and partnerships, effective curricular or co-curricular models, strategies for institutional capacity building, and best practices. Faculty, staff, students, and community partners are all welcome to explore “Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement.” The Call for Proposals is typically released in September, with a deadline in early November.

At PACE, the Compact also presents its annual Engagement Awards to an outstanding faculty, staff member, president or chancellor, and community partner from the network. Learn more about our Awards.

2022 PACE Conference
February 9, 2022 [NOW VIRTUAL!]

Due to the current surge in COVID cases, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to move the PACE conference online.

REGISTER HERE. The new registration fee is $30 per person. Registration deadline (extended): January 28 2022.  If you registered prior to the shift to virtual and the fee reduction, our office will be in touch.

After the deadline, we will send all registrants detailed information about signing up for specific workshops.

We will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of NCCC.

Special thank you to Elon University for sponsoring the keynote speaker.


9:30 a.m.   Opening Session (includes presentation of annual Engagement Awards and 20th anniversary celebration, and keynote address

Keynote Speaker:  Eric Liu

11:15 a.m.  Break

11:30 a.m.  Workshop Block One

12:30 p.m.  Lunch break

1:40 p.m.   Workshop Block Two

2:50 p.m.    Workshop Block Three

4:00 p.m.    Closing Session, Door Prize Drawings

5:00 p.m.   Adjournment


Eric Liu Oct 2016.

“Democracy works only when enough of us believe democracy works”

Liu is one of the country’s most sought-after speakers on citizen power, civic health, the future of democracy, and American identity. His inspirational 2019 main stage TED Talk, based on his work at Citizen University, received a standing ovation and more than topped one million views in less than a month. His two previous TED Talks, on power and on voting, have been viewed three million times. Recently, Liu has been elected to membership in the American Academy of the Arts and selected to be a 2020 Ashoka Fellow.

Liu, son of Chinese immigrants and former White House speechwriter, is the CEO of Citizen University, a nonprofit working to foster a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program and is a correspondent at His eight books include You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen, and the national best-sellers The Gardens of Democracy and True Patriot. His first book, The Accidental Asian, Notes of a Native Speaker was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary, “Matters of Race.” Liu’s latest book is Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy, which grows out of the Civic Saturday phenomenon that Liu and his team pioneered and has now spread nationwide.

Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He has also served as a board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Washington State Board of Education and the Seattle Public Library and is co-founder of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Brief History of PACE

1998 – Elon University hosts 1st “Service-Learning Institute” in partnership with NC Campus Volunteers (NCCV) Coalition
2003 – NC Campus Compact becomes the conference host
2004 – Name changed to Service-Learning Conference
2009 – Name changed to PACE
2011 – Inaugural Presidents Forum hosted in conjunction with PACE

Past PACE Conferences

The list includes the year and keynote speakers. All PACE conferences are held at Elon University, unless otherwise indicated.

2021  [VIRTUAL]
Dr. Emily M. Janke, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement and Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, UNC Greensboro
Michael A. Hemphill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, UNC Greensboro, 2020 Ernest Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement recipient

See the agenda and workshops.

Dr.  Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, president of The ALL IN Democracy Challenge

See highlights here.

2019 at UNC Greensboro
Dr. John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of the Education Trust
Dr. Adam Gismondi, Director of Impact, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University

Dr. Nick Longo, chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies at Providence College

We suspended PACE in 2017 to encourage support of the Gulf South Summit  hosted at UNC Greensboro.

2016 at High Point University
Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Dr. Patti Clayton, and Dr. Sarah Stanlick, Service Learning and Community Engagement Future Directions Project

See highlights here.

Dr. Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, and Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, at Providence College
Dr. Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University

See highlights here.

2014 at UNC Wilmington
Dr. Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University
Dr. Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant

See highlights here.

Dr. Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs,   Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University and Director, CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Dr. Judith Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service, Portland State University and President Emerita, Winona State University

2012 at the Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill (Special 10th year Anniversary event)
Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities
President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University

Nicole Gallant, Director, Learn & Serve America, Corporation for National & Community Service

Dr. Robert W. Franco, Kapi’olani Community College, University of Hawai’i
Robert L. Sigmon, Service-Learning pioneer

Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation for Education

Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University

Dr. Barbara Holland, Director, Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Dr. Janet Eyler, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Bentley College & Senior Faculty Fellow, Campus Compact
James Williams, Student Engaged Scholar, Campus CompactWe also hosted a Faculty Development Institute on Service Learning in 2005 featuring the following:
Dr. Robert Bringle, Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning,
Dr. Gary Hesser, Professor of Sociology at Augsburg College
Dr. Andrew Furco, Director of UC Berkeley’s Service Learning Research and Development Center

Dr. Barbara Jacoby, University of Maryland – College Park

Alice-Anne Kern A.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham
Dr. Rosalind R. Reichard , VP for Academic Affairs, Meredith College
Dr. Norman Clark, Appalachian State University
Darris Means, student leader, Elon University