NC Campus Compact members at White House

August 17, 2011

Since his inauguration, President Obama has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service – “interfaith service” for short – as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good. This summer the White House launched the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith cooperation and community service programming on campus. Two primary goals are to promote religious tolerance for college students and to encourage work together as a
community
.   Eight campus in North Carolina joined more than 240 schools to answer the challenge.  The eight – Bennett College, Campbell University, Duke University, Elon University, Fayetteville State University, Gardner-Webb University, Johnson C. Smith University, and UNC-Pembroke – were invited to the White House August 3 to learn more about the Presidents’ goals for this initiative, as well as resources that will be made available to participating institutions.  This initiative is led by the White House and supported by the Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Leo M. Lambert, president of Elon University and a member of NC Campus Compact’s Executive Board, was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the August 3 White House meeting.  Learn more about his presentation and Elon University’s goals for their projects at http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Note.aspx?id=954023.

Gardner-Webb University was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the meeting at the White House, garnering ideas for their work in the 2011-12 academic year.  Read more about their plans at http://gardner-webb.edu/press/archives/july-2011/gardner-webb-delegates-invited-to-white-house.html.