#VoteSum20 Virtual Summit Highlights

On September 11 & 12 (from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day), 190 registrants  -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. Please note that the photos in this post were submitted in the…

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…

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…