Fourth Annual Writing Retreat Supports Community Engaged Scholars across the State 

As an early career faculty member at East Carolina University, Jennie Ann Cole strives to balance her teaching and research on community engagement in health and human performance. One of the challenges she faces is finding time to dedicate to writing. On October 22, 2021she gathered with dozens of other engaged scholars across the state to do just that by participating in the fourth annual North Carolina Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat. Cole comments on her experience, “I discovered I wasn’t alone during ‘writing block’ phases of academic life and found encouragement that I didn’t know existed from fellow academics in…

VISTA Spotlight Series: Elly Thompson and Duke University

We are thrilled to share the first installment in our blog series to spotlight our AmeriCorps VISTAs and our partner organizations who host our VISTA members during their year of service.  Our host sites are the backbone of our VISTA program. Host site supervisors commit to guiding and mentoring members through their service year and are an instrumental asset for our VISTA’s professional development. Our first spotlight is on NC Afterschool Corps member Elly Thompson and her host site the Duke University Office of Durham and Community Affairs.Duke’s Office of Durham and Community Affairs (DDAC) forges purposeful partnerships with their…

NC Hunger Corps VISTAs Take on Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program in which individuals, organizations, and communities come together to raise awareness of the issues of hunger and homelessness. The program was founded in 1975 at Villanova University, and hundreds of thousands of folks from all over the country have been a part of the program since. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events. Several NC Campus Compact Hunger Corps VISTAs participated this year. Read about their projects and events below! Anna Johnson – Warren Wilson College – Empty Bowls Anna played a critical…

NCCC Wins Standout Partner Award for Voter Engagement

NCCC Announced as 2021 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Award Winner   ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Honors Higher Education Institutions, Educators and Students Who Increased Student Voter Engagement During the 2020 Elections  On November 8, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge hosted its third biennial awards ceremony to recognize select higher education institutions, educators, and students for their extraordinary work in student voter engagement during the 2020 presidential election. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and most students learning virtually, the honorees ensured students across the country could cast their ballots.  #allinawards The 2020 presidential election engaged the largest and most diverse group…

NCCC Partners Again with Food Lion to Fight Hunger

NCCC is partnering with Food Lion, LLC grocery stores for the third annual NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge.  Eleven campuses are competing for up to $22,000 to put toward fighting hunger on and around campus.  Through the competition, which runs through Dec. 10, 2021, participating campuses earn points based on several activities all centered around collecting and donating food for neighbors in need or around hunger awareness efforts.  Schools also earn points by sharing their efforts on social media (Instagram and Twitter).  You can follow #foodlionfeeds plus the school hashtags listed below to see the schools in action. As part of…

Meet our 2021-2022 AmeriCorps VISTAs!

One of the greatest highlights of our year is welcoming a new cohort of AmeriCorps VISTAs!  We are thrilled to introduce our 2021-2022 cohort of VISTAs and spotlight our host sites for the service year. Our VISTAs serve in the NC Afterschool Corps and the NC Hunger Corps at host sites across the state.  They have the unique opportunity of serving at the intersection of higher education and community engagement and building the capacity of campus and community organization partnerships while also expanding volunteer opportunities for students and community members. The NC Hunger Corps are AmeriCorps members who support programs…

Meet VISTA Leader Hannah Fraser

Please join us in welcoming Hannah Fraser to the NC Campus Compact team as our VISTA Leader! Last year, she served as an NC Hunger Corps VISTA at Wingate University, and is now stepping into the VISTA Leader role for the 2021 service year. In this role, she will be supporting our cohort of NC Hunger Corps and NC After School Corps VISTAs by serving as a peer mentor and encouraging their professional development, supporting their goals, developing their skills, and connecting them to the resources. She will also be a champion for national service and will help to build…

2020-21 was Vibrantly Virtual

The 2020-21 academic year was truly remarkable. From a global pandemic to social unrest and beyond, our member colleges and universities were facing multiple challenges that required creativity and perseverance. This was especially true for community and civic engagement offices.  At a time when they were most needed, there were limitations on their ability to respond. However, they managed to find innovative ways to address the needs both within their campuses and in their local communities . Similarly at the NC Campus Compact state office, we had to develop new ways to do our work and support the folks in…

The Reunited States Documentary

NC Campus Compact sponsored the viewing of The Reunited States documentary on 20 member campuses the week of February 22.  Over 300 students were able to view this film which highlights several Americans seeking to be depolarizers who bridge political and racial divides. On February 25, Executive Director, Leslie Garvin facilitated a conversation with the filmmaker Ben Rekhi and one of the subjects,  Steven Olikara, the founder and director of the Millennial Action Project which seeks to activate young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics. Watch the interview here. Participating campuses: Appalachian State University Campbell University…

2021 Engagement Award Winners

The annual Engagement Awards were presented on February 10, during the virtual PACE Conference. Congratulations to the outstanding winners! View the Awards Ceremony video. Community Engagement Professional of the Year Marianne Magjuka, Ed.D. Wake Forest University Assistant Dean of Students Executive Director, Office of Civic & Community Engagement Dr. Magjuka has established many of Wake’s foundational programs related to social justice, civic learning, and democratic engagement including the Branches Social Justice Retreat, Social Justice Incubator, and Intergroup Dialogue Program. In 2015, she founded the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition, an AmeriCorps*VISTA project that has grown to include 19 VISTAs working across…

NC Scholars Recognized Nationally

UNCG’s Dr. Michael Hemphill is the 2020 recipient of the  Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement. An  assistant professor of kinesiology, his scholarship focuses on teaching personal and social responsibility through sport, physical activity, and physical education guided by the principles of restorative justice. He is one of the keynote speakers for the NC Campus Compact 2021 PACE Conference on February 10. This award, presented by national Campus Compact, recognizes early career faculty who practice exemplary engaged scholarship through teaching and research. The awards are presented in partnership with Brown University’s Swearer Center. Recipients are selected on…

3rd Annual Engaged Scholar Retreat

On October 9th, 25 faculty members – from eight universities and two community partners – attended the 3rd Annual Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat. This event is designed for NC faculty and administrators who are involved in community-engaged research and writing. During the six-hour virtual gathering,  participants engaged in writing as well as discussions on writing strategies. The special guest, Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards, shared tips and suggestions for how she approaches community-engaged research and writing. Dr. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine and the Associate Director of Research/Director of the Health Equity Working Group at the Samuel DuBois…

#VoteSum20 Virtual Summit Highlights

On September 11 & 12 (from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day), 169 attendees – representing 31 campuses and 24 voter engagement organizations – participated in the 2020 NC College Voter Summit. This virtual event was the 5th annual convening of students, faculty, and staff who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts. NC Campus Compact launched the event in 2016. Since 2018 the event has been organized and co-sponsored by members of the NC Campus Voting Coalition. The 2020 event was planned by a subcommittee of the Coalition and funding support was provided by the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV)…

Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat

Are you teaching an engaged pedagogy such as service-learning, community-based research, or participatory action research and working to advance your scholarship? Does your research include community partners? Do you want to explore ways to connect with North Carolina faculty and administrators who are working on community-engaged scholarship? Join other engaged scholars in the third annual writing retreat. The retreat includes time for writing as well as discussions on writing strategies and a conversation with engaged scholar Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards. Dr. Bentley-Edwards studies how race, racial socialization, and racism affect the health and well-being of children and adults. Her work has…

Welcome 2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA Members

In July and August we welcomed a majority of our 2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTA members to North Carolina Campus Compact and to their host sites across the state. Our VISTAs serve in the NC Afterschool Corps or the NC Hunger Corps during their year of national service. This year, we’re pleased to have six Hunger Corps members and five Afterschool Corps members working with institutions and community partners to alleviate poverty through building the capacity of food security programs and extended learning programs for children in under served areas.  Our VISTAs also have the unique opportunity of serving at the intersection…

ACC’s Trotter 2020 Engaged Faculty Scholar

This month, Ms. Julie Trotter, Alamance Community College (ACC), begins her one-year term as a North Carolina Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Scholar. Trotter is the first community college representative selected for this prestigious role since the program began in 2015. While the program is designed for the Scholar to propose and undertake a project to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their respective institution, the selection committee was especially impressed by the potential for Trotter’s project to influence the NC Community College System more broadly. Trotter has participated in and promoted engaged learning for many years, first as a non-profit professional,…

NC Census Fellows Highlights

This spring student leaders from across the state have been working to educate their peers on the importance of the 2020 decennial census, while supporting the greater efforts of the community surrounding their schools of getting a complete and accurate count. They are part of the #NCCensusFellow program facilitated by North Carolina Campus Compact. The information gathered from the census is critical. Responses impact funding allocation for healthcare, infrastructure and other resources like federal grant and aid programs.  Results also decide North Carolina’s number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and congressional and legislative districts.   Our fellows have…

#MakeNCCount Video Contest Winners

NC Campus Compact, in partnership with NC Counts Coalition, presents the winners of the #MakeNCCount Video Contest. These videos, targeting college students, provide information about the census in creative and fun ways. There were two categories for contest submissions: Informational and Inspirational. Each winner received a cash prize. The #MakeNCCount Video Contest sought short videos highlighting the importance of the census in North Carolina with special emphasis on reaching non-residential (commuter) college students.  Preference was given to videos targeting minority communities (African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latinx), children under 5 years old, the foreign-born population, communities with limited or no broadband internet…

PACE 2020 Focuses on Civic Engagement

This year marked the 23rd annual  convening of  the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference to advance knowledge and scholarship in the higher education service-learning and community engagement field. Hosted at Elon University, the 2020 conference was attended by over 200 community engagement professionals, faculty, and administrators, representing  38 institutions in six states. Dr. Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Executive Director of the ALL IN campus Democracy Challenge, served as the keynote speaker during the Opening Plenary session.  Dr. Domagal-Goldman celebrated the increased voting rates among young people, both nationally and in North Carolina, while challenging participants to think strategically about how…

COVID-19 Resources

NC Campus Compact has supported our network of community engagement professionals during the pandemic by sharing resources and serving as a convener. Below are relevant links. We compiled a report of how NC Campus Compact member institutions have supported local communities during the pandemic. COVID-19 Highlights The complete list (as of June 1) is here. We have hosted four NC-CEP COVID-19 Response Virtual Conversations for NC community engagement professionals on any of our member institutions. The document below was co-created by NC Campus Compact staff and the member network. COVID-19 Resources We have also provided 13 institutions with Food Lion…