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…

UNCW’s Lee and WCU’s Wall-Bassett named Engaged Faculty Scholars for 2017-18

NC Campus Compact is happy to announce the selection of our 2017-2018 Engaged Faculty Scholars: Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, an assistant professor of social work at UNC Wilmington, and Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Bassett, an associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at Western Carolina University. Lee and Wall-Bassett are the third cohort of NC faculty members to fill the Engaged Scholars role. As Engaged Faculty Scholars, Lee and Wall-Bassett will receive support from the Compact and from their respective institutions as they undertake a research or administrative project designed to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their school. They will also serve as consultants to another campus in…

CEA Conference explores future of alternative breaks

Last week, more than 50 faculty, staff, and student leaders representing 29 colleges and universities from 8 states convened for the 2017 Civic Engagement Administrators Conferences. The event focused on alternative service experiences, often called “alternative breaks,” and featured 3 keynote speakers and a dozen workshop presenters. To re-cap the event, we’ll share some favorite Tweets posted to our event hashtag, #NCCEAC! First, from our executive director Leslie Garvin, who concluded the day by remembering her own undergraduate experience on a student-led alternative break: https://twitter.com/garvin_leslie/status/872485046153863168 From one our great presenters, Lori Kniffin at UNC Greensboro, whose breakout session focused on conceptions of…

NC Afterschool Corps sites still recruiting candidates for AmeriCorps VISTA positions

NC Campus Compact is currently recruiting candidates to fill AmeriCorps VISTA positions at six NC Afterschool Corps placement sites. The three-year NC Afterschool Corps project will begin in July 2017 to build the capacity of afterschool programs that serve low-income children and strengthen partnerships between community-based organizations and local colleges and universities. Corps members will work to increase volunteer involvement and cash or in-kind resources, support development of Design for Change programming and other enriching curricula, and raise community awareness through Lights on Afterschool and other events. Interested applicants should send a current resume to nccc {at} elon(.)edu and specify which of the placements below are…

Our 2016-2017 Year in Review, plus a preview of what’s up next

Now that the academic year is over, it’s time to share our year in review! Some highlights: Throughout 2016, the Compact catalyzed non-partisan election engagement efforts across the network, working with the national CEEP project to support student fellows, make mini-grants, and host the NC College Voter Summit. At the 2017 NC Presidents Forum, hosted by Chancellor Harold Martin and NC A&T State University, 35 college and university presidents and chancellors explored issues related to equity in higher education. We honored 25 student leaders from NC campuses with a Community Impact Award. The Compact convened a special event — the Social…

Engaged Faculty Scholars lead service-learning institute at DCCC

On April 21, NC Campus Compact’s Engaged Faculty Scholars led a service-learning institute for 14 faculty members of Davidson County Community College. As part of their fellowship, Dr. Maggie Commins (Queens University of Charlotte) and Dr. Cara Kozma (High Point University) have been working with Davidson County CC for months, consulting with administrators on strategies for supporting service-learning at the college. The half-day curriculum was adapted from Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum, originally authored by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and recently updated by California Campus Compact and Campus Compact of the Mountain West. Drs. Commins and Kozma led a service-learning institute for…

NC Afterschool Corps (AmeriCorps VISTA)

NC Campus Compact is currently seeking qualified applicants for the NC Afterschool Corps, an AmeriCorps VISTA project. The NC Afterschool Corps is a team of individuals who serve full-time for 1 year with a college or community-based organization to build the capacity of afterschool programs that serve low-income children and families. NC Afterschool Corps members will work to recruit and train afterschool volunteers, increase funding and resources to these programs, and expand local awareness of the value of afterschool. Corps members will also enhance civic and community engagement by implementing “Design for Change” afterschool programming, a project-based curriculum that empowers young…

New edition of online journal Partnerships now available

The Spring 2017 edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (Volume 8, No. 1) is now available online. This spring 2017 issue of Partnerships offers new perspectives and research on enduring matters for service-learning scholars and practitioners. The three articles tackle distinct areas of concern: co-curricular service to complement academic service-learning, international service-learning, and curriculum development. The books reviewed in this issue confront the “why” of our engaged work, even as we regularly strive to disseminate the best possible practices within engaged scholarship. The open access, peer-reviewed journal is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and edited…

Eleven NC students named Newman Civic Fellows

The Newman Civic Fellows programs recognizes outstanding student leaders from across the Campus Compact network. National Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The national group includes 11 students from North Carolina colleges and universities. 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. The…

The present – and future – of alternative breaks

March is spring break time — a perfect time to invite our network to this year’s Civic Engagement Administrator Conference: “The Future of Alternative Breaks.” Held June 6-7 at Elon University, this year’s CEAC (we pronounce it “See-ack”) will offer keynote and breakout sessions that push the boundaries of the alternative service trip model. The call for workshop proposals is open now through April 21. Topics of interest include: Pre-trip orientation/preparation and post-trip re-entry/transition Building sustainable/reciprocal community partnerships Student leadership models and training Reflection tools & tips Co-curricular and academic/credit-based models Assessment Research and Theory Equity and Inclusion Workshop contacts will be notified…

Engaged Faculty Scholars program supports research, collaboration

The Engaged Faculty Scholars program supports two NC faculty members for one year as they work to deepen the practice of community engagement at their own campus and support the development of community-engaged teaching at another school in the network.  We are currently accepting applications from faculty ready to take on this role in the 2017-18 academic year. Our current Engaged Faculty Scholars — Dr. Maggie Commins of Queens University and Dr. Cara Kozma of High Point University — are more than half-way through their term. Both are carrying out individual research and working together to support faculty service-learning practice at Davidson…

AmeriCorps Week honors those who serve

This week we are celebrating AmeriCorps Week and honoring the one million individuals who’ve served as AmeriCorps members since the program’s founding in 1994. We are especially grateful for our 14 current AmeriCorps VISTA members and more than 200 alumni of our program, who have made lasting contributions to the field of campus-community engagement in North Carolina – from supporting a Campus Kitchen project or campus food pantry, to coordinating an MLK Day of Service event, to breaking ground on a community garden, to brokering a new service-learning class. Our VISTAs have also strengthened non-profit organizations like Feast Down East, Community Empowerment Fund,…

Social Change Forum explores connections between community engagement and social innovation

On February 14 at Duke University, nearly 100 faculty and staff from 19 colleges and universities gathered to explore how “both sides of the house” — community engagement and social entrepreneurship — could learn from the other and thereby achieve greater community impact and deeper student learning. Dr. David Scobey speaks at the Social Change Forum. “I see both common ground and creative tension between community engagement and social innovation — and both the commonalities and the tensions seem to me a good thing,” declared Dr. David Scobey in his plenary remarks, “Social Innovation and Community Engagement: Collaborations, Disagreements, and the Value…

2017 Engagement Awards honor leaders with combined 90 years of experience in higher education

On February 8 at NC A&T State University, North Carolina Campus Compact convened 35 college and university presidents and chancellors and some 30 other campus officials for its annual Presidents Forum. The event was a chance for these leaders to explore issues related to higher education’s public purposes, but it was also an opportunity to honor three outstanding individuals with the network’s 2017 Engagement Awards. Together, the honorees have nearly 90 years of experience, marked by commitment to their institutions, their communities, and the work of campus-community engagement. The 2017 Engagement Award recipients are Dr. William Ingram, president of Durham Technical…

HPU President Qubein Announces Challenge Gift to Create NC Campus Compact Endowment

President Nido Qubein. Photo: High Point University Last week before a group of fellow college and university presidents and chancellors, High Point University President Nido R. Qubein announced High Point University will make a challenge gift of $200,000 to support the work of North Carolina Campus Compact. The gift will go toward creating an endowment to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the network. “Campus Compact is a catalyst for campus and community partnerships,” Qubein said. “HPU appreciates that through Campus Compact, universities can maximize their roles as anchor institutions in their cities and continuously enhance their communities. For years…

NC campuses honor MLK through service

Through MLK Day of Service grants and its AmeriCorps VISTA program, NC Campus Compact supported the efforts of several member campuses that sought to honor Dr. King’s legacy by fighting poverty and building the beloved community through service. Three NC universities – NC Central University, Pfeiffer University, and UNC Greensboro – put federal grant funding to work in honor of MLK Day. Each school received up to $3000 in grant funding last fall as part of the MLK Day of Service Partnership Project, which is sponsored by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and administered by Iowa Campus Compact. At NC Central,…

Two students receive support to serve during alternative spring break

Two students were recently named recipients of a Marshall Alternative Service Experience Scholarship: Yaqueline Yañez of William Peace University and DaQuane Cherry of Central Piedmont Community College. Each student received a $250 award to help fund their participation in an upcoming alternative break service trip. Both Yañez and Cherry were recognized at the CSNAP Student Conference, held last month at UNC Asheville. The alternative break scholarship is a gift of Aaron Marshall, who created the program in partnership with NC Campus Compact in 2015. Marshall is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where he took part in nine alternative break service trips. He…

Elon senior honored as Barnhill Civic Trailblazer

Elon senior Jenny Fukunaga is the 2016 Barnhill Civic Trailblazer. Even before her first day of class at Elon University, our 2016 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Jenny Fukunaga made a special effort to explore the local community. She traveled to Elon to take part in a summer program that lets incoming students spend a week volunteering in nearby Burlington and Alamance County. “I am from Los Angeles and I knew going to school all the way across the country would be a big jump for me,” she says. “I knew I would get to know campus through regular orientation…

Student leaders from 25 campuses honored for community impact

North Carolina Campus Compact has honored 25 students selected by their campuses to receive a 2016 Community Impact Award. Eighteen of the recipients were recognized at the CSNAP Student Conference held recently at UNC Asheville. 1st row (L-R): Yanez, Leeper, Wilson, Gillette, Gladney, Nelson, Page, Yarbough, Woodson / 2nd row (L-R): Garcia, Myhand, Tesoriero, Slater, Fukunaga, Pittman, Cherry, McKenzie The 2016 Community Impact Award winners are: Appalachian State University – Evan Montpellier Evan is a senior geography major from St. Catharines, Ontario. Bennett College – Kaylah Stevenson Kaylah is a senior business administration major from Philadelphia. Central Piedmont Community College -…

CSNAP offers inspiration, reflection, and practical next steps for growing community engagement

The annual CSNAP Student Conference brought more than 160 students, faculty, staff, and community advocates together for a day of reflection and learning. True to its name, the event touched on topics related to “Citizenship, Service, Networking, And Partnerships” in 14 morning workshop sessions and an afternoon “social change showcase” featuring eight organizations that mobilize college students to address community issues. This year’s conference was hosted by UNC Asheville, and 23 NC campuses were represented by participants. UNCA Chancellor Mary Grant welcomes students to CSNAP. Photo: Amy Jessee. UNC Asheville’s chancellor Mary Grant welcomed participants to the Saturday session, reaffirming her long-time commitment…