#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

As community engagement professionals, we are facing unprecedented times. We want to assist our North Carolina member network by sharing resources and serving as a convener. We hosted our first NC-CEP COVID-19 Response Conversation on Wednesday, March 18. This was an open discussion for NC community engagement professionals on any of our member institutions. Here are the notes from the call.  We are hosting a second call on Wednesday, April 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will add the  access info closer to the  date. No need to register. Just show up for the call. Please use a…

VISTA Spotlight: Lucas Martinez

On the heels of AmeriCorps week, we’re excited to bring you another installment of the VISTA Spotlight Series.  In this series, you will meet our current cohort of NC Afterschool Corps and NC Hunger Corps members, learn what led them to national service, and find out where they are serving and what activities they are engaged in during their year. Come along and get to know NC Hunger Corps member Lucas Martinez a bit better. Tell us a little about yourself and what you were up to before becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA member. I am Lucas Martinez. I am the…

NC Newman Fellows Announced

13 North Carolina students honored for their commitment to solving public problems.  Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the students who will make up the organization’s 2020 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The 2020 cohort—the largest group of Newman Civic Fellows to date—comprises 290 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Greece, Lebanon, and Mexico. The 2019-2020 cohort of Fellows includes 13 fellows from North Carolina member institutions. North Carolina Campus Compact is excited to congratulate the following public problem solvers: Maggie Baile – East Carolina University Jimmy Chambers -…

VISTA Spotlight: Ana Gomez

We are back for another installment of the VISTA Spotlight Series.  In this series, you will meet our current cohort of NC Afterschool Corps and NC Hunger Corps members, learn what led them to national service, and find out where they are serving and what activities they are engaged in during their year. It is our pleasure to introduce you to NC Afterschool Corps member Ana Gomez. Ana is currently serving in her second service year with the America Reads/America Counts program at Duke University in Durham, NC.  Read on to find out how Ana came to learn of AmeriCorps…

Video Series Features Warren Wilson President

Dr. Lynn Morton, President of Warren Wilson College, is featured in the latest installment of the Engaged Leader Video Series. In this series campus  leaders discuss the importance of community engagement and the value of NC Campus  Compact membership. https://youtu.be/BmBAXA73mto

VISTA Spotlight: Tatiana Arturo

If you’ve ever wondered why someone decides to commit to a year of service in North Carolina, you’re in the right place.  Since 2003, NC Campus Compact has sponsored over 200 individuals who have served as AmeriCorps VISTA members across the state.  In this VISTA Spotlight series, you will meet our current cohort of NC Afterschool Corps and NC Hunger Corps members, learn what led them to national service, and find out where they are serving and what activities they are engaged in during their year. It is our pleasure to introduce you to NC Hunger Corps member Tatiana Arturo….

New Engaged Scholarship Prize Announced!

On December 16, UNCG and NCCC announced a new Engaged Scholarship Prize. Applicants can win up to $1500 in recognition of their outstanding engaged scholarship. The prize was developed by NC Campus Compact in partnership with Dr. Frank Gilliam, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to grow and promote the scholarship of engagement in North Carolina.  Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate sustained commitment to the scholarship of engagement.  Faculty members (full-time, part time or adjunct) or full-time graduate students, from an NC Campus Compact institution, are eligible to apply. The prize will be awarded…

VISTA Spotlight: Lekisha Pittman

VISTA Spotlight Lekisha Pittman: AmeriCorps VISTA at East Carolina University If you’ve ever wondered why someone decides to commit to a year of service in North Carolina, you’re in the right place.  Since 2003, NC Campus Compact has sponsored over 200 individuals who have served as AmeriCorps VISTA members across the state.  In this VISTA Spotlight series, you will meet our newest cohort of NC Afterschool Corps and NC Hunger Corps members, learn what led them to national service, and find out where they are serving and what activities they are engaged in during their year. It is our pleasure…

Voter Summit Inspires Action!

The 4th Annual NC College Voter Summit convened over 90 students, faculty, and staff, from 24 colleges and universities, to learn and share strategies around college voter registration, voter education, and electoral participation. Allison Riggs, Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Chief Counsel for Voting Rights, served as the keynote speaker. Allison provided a history of voting rights and information about the current political redistricting map process. The luncheon speaker was Jessica Holmes, who serves as the Chair of Wake County Board of Commissioners. She highlighted the importance of being engaged in local and municipal elections and shared personal anecdotes on…

Census Engagement Fellows #MakeNCCount

North Carolina Campus Compact, in partnership with Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Census Engagement Fellowship (CEF). Through this innovative program, we seek to strengthen our democracy by helping mobilize our member institutions to ensure a complete census count in North Carolina. Twelve student leaders have been selected as Census Fellows across the state. They will be targeting communities historically identified as hard-to-count in North Carolina, which include minority communities (African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latinx), children under 5 years old, the foreign-born population, communities with limited or no broadband internet access, and renters. The NC…

NC Scholar Wins National Faculty Award!

Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English at Guilford College, is the recipient of the 2019 Thomas Erhlich Award for Civically Engaged Faculty. This national award recognizes exemplary engaged scholarship, particularly when that work involves collaboration with communities, institutional impact, and high-quality academic work. Dr. Abdo is the first North Carolina scholar to receive this award.  Dr. Diya Abdo is a first-generation Palestinian who was born and raised in Jordan. Her work has focused on Arab and Islamic feminisms with a particular interest in Arab women writers. Abdo has been a leader in harnessing the power of higher education for the…

New #NCEngagedCampus Social Media Campaign Begins!

Starting on September 4, 2019 NC Campus Compact launched the #NCEngagedCampus social media campaign to highlight the outstanding civic and community engagement efforts facilitated by our 40 member institutions.  The goal is to highlight a different member institution each week from September 2019 through July 2020. Institutions will be featured in alphabetical order starting with Alamance Community College. See the full member list here.   Follow us, like us, tag us, and repost @nccampuscompact on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! Questions? Contact Irving Zavaleta-Jimenez, Assistant Director.

2019-20 Engaged Faculty Scholars Announced!

On July 1, North Carolina Campus Compact announced the selection of the 2019-20 Engaged Faculty Scholars (EFS): Dr. Laura Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Education in the Higher Education program of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and Dr.  Scott Hicks, Director of Teaching & Learning Center and Professor of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages, of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) Gonzalez and Hicks will each undertake a project designed to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their respective schools. They will also serve as consultants to other North Carolina colleges or and universities seeking to enhance community-engaged…

Spring 2019 Issue of the Partnerships Journal Released

Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, online journal, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In the spring 2019 issue of Partnerships, readers will find specific examples and programs to encourage democratic engagement that counters the inequalities and culture of fear we witness worldwide. Scholars taking to heart the mission of community engaged scholarship recognize that when students are introduced to community concerns, and provided the opportunity to contribute and even impact program outcomes, the world benefits from having stronger citizens who develop personally and professionally…

Ten Student Change Agents Selected as the 2019 Newman Civic Fellows

Ten North Carolina students are among the 262 Newman Civic Fellows in the 2019 cohort. Participants are nominated by their president or chancellor for this yearlong program supports community­-committed students at Campus Compact member institutions.  Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth including a national conference at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston.  Congratulations to these inspiring NC leaders (pictured in order by institution from top left to bottom right) East Carolina University – Hunter Whittington Elizabeth City State University – Franck Yao Elon University…

New partnership with Food Lion Feeds will support campus efforts to fight hunger

North Carolina Campus Compact has joined forces with Food Lion Feeds to launch a “Collegiate Challenge” that will mobilize colleges and universities to address hunger in their local community. A geographically diverse group of 18 schools — including 4-year colleges and universities and 2-year community colleges — will compete for $20,000 in funding to support campus-based hunger relief projects, while generating donations to local food banks. Schools can earn points in the challenge by organizing hunger awareness events and food donation drives. Individual students can earn points for their school by shopping at local Food Lion stores or posting on…

Guilford College senior honored as Barnhill Civic Trailblazer

2018 Barnhill Trailblazer Zaynah Afada. Photo courtesy of Guilford College. Guilford College senior Zaynah Afada is the 2018 recipient of the John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award. The annual award is presented by North Carolina Campus Compact to one student in the state who fostered innovative service partnerships and whose leadership inspires others to serve. A Bonner Scholar at Guilford, Afada is honored for her service with immigrant and refugee communities in Greensboro. Afada first encountered Guilford’s Bonner program during her sophomore year of high school, when she joined a project called the African Youth Initiative. The initiative supported newly…

New Issue of Partnerships Journal

The fall 2018 issue of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement marks the conclusion of a decade publishing articles that recognize successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships. Thus, it is fitting that this issue’s articles address directly through empirical research the impact of service-learning partnerships in three distinct areas: how academic-based service yields stronger results than community service; how service-learning directed toward at-risk youth can and should expand to include longitudinal studies; and, how service-learning when paired with sustainability efforts draws greater attention to much needed eco-justice around the world. Access the journal online (free). Table of Contents (Volume…