New opportunities for faculty, staff, and campuses to spring into civic and community engagement

North Carolina Campus Compact has several upcoming programs and events for faculty, staff, and member campuses, including our Engaged Faculty Scholars program, our Midterms Matter Mini-grants to support student voter engagement, and the Civic Engagement Administrators Conference. These supports can turn your civic engagement buds into blooms. Apply now to be an Engaged Faculty Scholar Application deadline: May 18 Project Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 The Engaged Faculty Scholars program is a a unique, one-year opportunity for faculty interested in public scholarship, engagement and service-learning. Each Scholar is expected to work toward two goals: Promote and deepen…

A Day of Giving to sustain our Compact

On April 9, NC Campus Compact invites friends and allies to take part in our first-ever Day of Giving. Your support will grow the HPU Challenge Fund for North Carolina Campus Compact, a special interest endowment fund created to help sustain the Compact as it works to advance civic and community engagement in higher education. Since 2002, North Carolina Campus Compact has helped colleges and universities build on their commitments to educate students for civic and social responsibility, to partner with communities for positive change, and strengthen democracy. Your donation will keep us moving forward as we expand efforts to…

Marshall Alt Break Scholarship winner reflects: Guatemala, My Community

Guest post by Asia King, NC State University student and recipient of a 2017 Marshall Alternative Break Scholarship “If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”   — Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal Elder I often tell people I have never had a “real spring break.” I have been lucky to participate in four Alternative Service Break experiences, and as participants it sometimes feels as if we receive so much more out of ASB than we give back. However I know going…

NC Afterschool Corps Reflection: Getting oriented, making a plan, and supporting Lumbee youth

Guest Post by Natasha Kinto I am Natasha Jones Kinto (Lumbee), a Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA. My host site is The Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Clubs and I am partnering with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I prepared myself for my VISTA service by reviewing my VAD, The Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Clubs (BGCA) mission and purpose and afterschool programs in general. I began my service year in August, just a few weeks after the new school year began. The Pembroke Boys & Girls Club, my home base, was getting a new floor so furniture was…

North Carolina students recognized as Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working nationwide to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. There are 12 fellows from colleges and universities in our North Carolina Campus Compact network. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education. In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are…

Recognizing our 2018 Civic Engagement Professionals of the Year

NC Campus Compact has recognized two outstanding administrators as our 2018 Civic Engagement Professionals of the Year. Charlotte Williams of Lenoir-Rhyne University received the “Sustainer Award” for her 19 years of civic engagement leadership, and Tamara Johnson of UNC Charlotte received the “Emerging Leader Award” for the significant contributions she has made to campus civic engagement in just five years. Both Williams and Johnson were honored at the 2018 NC Presidents Forum, held at Meredith College on February 9. The 2018 Civic Engagement Professionals of the Year: Tamara Johnson (left) of UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Williams (right) of Lenoir-Rhyne University. For…

Warren Wilson College professor honored for outstanding civic engagement

Dr. Annie Jonas of Warren Wilson College has received North Carolina Campus Compact’s 2018 Engaged Faculty Award. Photo courtesy of Warren Wilson College. The statewide award recognizes an outstanding faculty member in the NC Campus Compact network who demonstrates excellence in community-based teaching, research, and scholarship; leadership of campus-wide efforts; and development of strong partnerships with the community. The faculty award was created in 2006 as the Robert Sigmon Service-Learning Award and was re-named this year. Jonas has been a professor of education at Warren Wilson College since 2005 and chair of the education department since 2011. Her teaching –…

Davidson College president receives 2018 Lambert Engaged Leader Award

Davidson College President Carol Quillen (photo courtesy of Davidson College) North Carolina Campus Compact, a network of colleges and universities committed to civic and community engagement, has honored Davidson College President Carol Quillen with the 2018 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award. The award is named for Elon University President Leo M. Lambert, who helped found the civic engagement network in 2002 and served as its first Executive Board Chair. Lambert has led Elon University since 1999. The Lambert Award is presented each year to one college or university president or chancellor in North Carolina for leadership that fosters student…

NC Afterschool Corps reflection: Finding Appreciation in Service

Katherin is placed at Duke’s Community Service Center, which is celebrating its 40th year. Guest Post by Katherin Castillo Hello everyone! My name is Katherin Castillo and I am currently the Afterschool Corps VISTA for Duke University’s Community Service Center for the 2017-2018 year. It is hard to believe that I have been in this position for the past five months! Time has really flown by. This semester I have been working with America Reads America Counts, which is a program that focuses on tutoring students in K-8 in Math and Literacy. However, a big component of my role as…

2017 Year in Review (15th Anniversary Edition!)

2017 was a milestone year for North Carolina Campus Compact: we celebrated the 15th anniversary of our network, gained new member campuses, partnered to bring the Gulf South Summit to NC, and led Compact Nation in the number of campuses completing a Civic Action Plan. Our Year in Review shares these highlights and more. Video celebrates NC Campus Compact’s 15th Anniversary https://youtu.be/aqLSXUVlhl8 Our 15th anniversary video featured President Leo Lambert, the founding president of our Compact, along with current and former students sharing why civic and community engagement matters to them. Special Events: NC Presidents Forum, Social Change Forum, and…

Warren Wilson College student honored as Barnhill Civic Trailblazer

2017 Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Brian Wuertz (Photo by Reggie Tidwell) Warren Wilson College senior Brian Wuertz is the 2017 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. An Asheville native, Wuertz learned early of Warren Wilson’s community service ethos: his third-grade class was visited by the Eco-Team, a group of Warren Wilson students who taught ecology lessons. The experience of dissecting owl pellets and investigating local ecosystems alongside college students made…

Community Impact Award recognizes NC students for outstanding service

Each year, NC Campus Compact recognizes a group of outstanding student servant-leaders with our Community Impact Award. Each campus may select one student to receive the award. This year, 23 students were named by their campus as Community Impact Award recipients, joining more than 250 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006. Seventeen of those students were recognized during an awards ceremony at the CSNAP Student Conference. Congratulations to all these outstanding students! Appalachian State University Victoria Redmon Victoria Redmon stands out for her work with ASU’s Alternative Service Experience (ASE) program, where she…

#CSNAP17 challenges students to be change agents

On November 18, more than 230 college students from 28 colleges and universities gathered for the 2017 CSNAP Student Conference, hosted by Winston-Salem State University. The event marked its 25th year convening North Carolina students to network and share ideas related to community service, volunteerism, and civic engagement. #CSNAP17 attendees enjoyed a full day of learning, including hearing from several local “change agents” representing different “civic pathways” to making social change. Rebecca Byer, founder of a Winston-Salem glass blowing studio called the Olio, shared the story of how she became a social entrepreneur. Marcus Hill shared his work as a community…

NC public service fellowships and internships for students and recent grads

There are several great fellowship and internship opportunities for students and recent grads of North Carolina colleges who are interested in community service and the public good. Applications for most of these experiences are due in early 2018! Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellowship The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one two-year, paid fellowship (beginning July 1) to an individual who demonstrates an interest in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector. This position is salaried and includes benefits. Eligible candidates must be natives or residents of North Carolina and/or graduates of an accredited North Carolina college or university. Applications due January 8. …

New issue of Partnerships Journal now available

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, online journal, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The fall 2017 issue includes articles on how service-learning has progressed since its inception and how the practice could make greater impact in the future. Our featured article “The Neoliberal Starfish Conspiracy” by Randy Stoecker, author of the 2016 book, Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement, provides follow-up to his controversial argument that we need to invert how service-learning is considered in order to maximize community impact. Other articles in this issue…

ALL IN Challenge recognizes NC campuses for 2016 voter participation

Last week in Washington, D.C., the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge hosted its first-ever awards ceremony to recognize colleges and universities that achieved high student voter participation in 2016. In all, more than 30 awards were announced, including the Highest Voting Rate for University of Missouri – Saint Louis and the Most Improved Voting Rate for Northwestern University. ALL IN also recognized high-performing campuses with a Gold Seal (70+% voting rate), Silver Seal (60-69%), and Bronze Seal (50-59%). Campuses were recognized based on their student voting rates as measured by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Campuses that take…

NC College Voter Summit challenges campuses to engage students in democracy

More than 60 students and staff representing 14 colleges and universities gathered last week for the 2nd annual NC College Voter Summit. Hosted by Elon University, the event was a chance to explore how higher education institutions can support students’ civic learning and voting, with a special focus on the 2017 municipal elections. Three plenary and ten breakout sessions featured state and national experts on a variety of topics, including: how campuses can work with county boards of elections, how citizens can engage with local governments, NC voter eligibility rules, gerrymandering 101, ways to “get out the vote,” and more….

Wake Tech awarded grant from Campus Compact’s Fund for Positive Engagement

Wake Technical Community College has been awarded a $5,000 grant from national Campus Compact. The Compact’s Fund for Positive Engagement seeks to catalyze efforts to bring people together across lines of difference. Wake Tech is one of 40 institutions across the country to receive the funding, and the only one in North Carolina. The grant competition generated nearly 300 proposals. “We have been hearing from our member colleges and universities that students and community members cannot hold conversations with people of differing views,” said Andrew Seligsohn, president of Campus Compact. “We wanted to create an incentive for colleges and universities…

Meet the new NC Afterschool Corps

It’s back to school time for North Carolina students, and our new AmeriCorps VISTA members are thinking about what happens after the school day ends. The NC Afterschool Corps is a new project that places AmeriCorps VISTA members with afterschool programs to build organizational capacity and strengthen a partnership between a local college and an afterschool provider. The 2017 -2018 cohort currently includes 10 Afterschool Corps members serving with campuses and community non-profits. Over the course of their year of service, Corps members will work to increase volunteer involvement and cash or in-kind resources, support development of Design for Change programming and other…

How can your campus support student voting and democratic engagement?

Check out these upcoming webinars and events for campuses looking to support student democratic engagement: Events! Constitution Day September 17 Officially “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” Constitution Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. A 2005 law requires each educational institution that receives federal funds to hold a educational program on the U.S. Constitution for students on September 17th! Because the 17th falls on a Sunday this year, schools may hold the program on the preceding Friday or Monday. Learn more. National Voter Registration Day September 26 A national…