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…

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…

CEEP non-partisan NC voter guides just in time for early voting!

The Campus Election Engagement Project is a national, nonpartisan effort that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections. In addition to supporting student voting fellows across the across the country and funding our MidTermsMatter mini-grants program here in NC, CEEP produces non-partisan candidate and issue guides designed to give student voters straightforward, unbiased information. For 2018, CEEP has created several NC-specific guides and resources. PLEASE reproduce and distribute! NC Supreme Court Candidate Guide – a 2-page guide to the 3 candidates who are vying for a seat on…

Join our team: now recruiting Program Coordinator, VISTA Leaders, and NC Hunger Corps VISTAs

NC Campus Compact is currently recruiting to fill multiple positions affiliated with our office. Our VISTA Program Coordinator is a full-time (40-hr/week) position working out of the NC Campus Compact office at Elon University. This grant-funded position is considered an Elon employee, with $40,000 annual salary plus benefits. The program coordinator manages all aspects of the Compact’s 25+ member AmeriCorps VISTA program, including grants management, host site development, and member recruitment and support. The program coordinator will also supervise the Compact’s two VISTA Leaders. Experience with AmeriCorps VISTA and higher education service-learning/ community engagement is preferred. Accepting applications through November…

COPIL team authors book chapter, “Social Justice In Service-Learning And Community Engagement”

A team of practitioner-scholars from NC Campus Compact’s Community of Practice, Inquiry, and Learning (COPIL) has authored a book chapter in the forthcoming volume, Critical Intersections In Contemporary Curriculum & Pedagogy. The chapter — “Social Justice In Service-Learning And Community Engagement: A Conversation About Meanings, Practices, And Possibilities” — is a reflection on the group’s formation and shared dialogue around key concepts that undergird higher education service-learning and community engagement, particularly “social justice.” In introducing the chapter, the authors note: This reflective chapter is part of COPIL’s process and one of its products. Here, we converse around how social justice is…

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…

CSNAP Student Conference will let students learn, share ideas to advance campus-community engagement

On November 9-10 in Fayetteville, NC Campus Compact will hold its annual CSNAP Student Conference in partnership with Fayetteville State University. CSNAP — which stands for “Citizenship, Service, Networking, And Partnerships” — lets college students lead and attend breakout sessions that advance the practice of civic and community engagement on campuses across the state. Workshops may address leadership skills, model programs, or public issues. The 2018 event will also explore the concept of social justice by featuring a panel of local civil rights activists and a group exercise based on Theater of the Oppressed. During the CSNAP awards ceremony, the…

New NC Afterschool Corps VISTA members begin service year

Last week NC Campus Compact welcomed the newest NC Afterschool Corps members with a two-day orientation and training event. For the 2018-2019 project year, fourteen members will serve at 10 campus and community sites to strengthen afterschool programs and facilitate connections between colleges and universities and their community partners. All of these members are serving as part of the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program, also known as VISTA. VISTA aims to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. NC Campus Compact has sponsored VISTA projects since 2003; this year marks the second year…

Network Meetings at Western Carolina and Wayne CC kick off new program year

Every August, our summer network meetings convene civic and community engagement administrators to share ideas and preview the year ahead. Last week,  more than 60 representatives from 30 member campuses took part in the two regional gatherings. Our west region meeting was hosted by Western Carolina University. The day included a welcome by WCU’s interim chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar, updates on the progress of Civic Actions Plans submitted to national Campus Compact by Queens University of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte, and Western Carolina University, and a variety of reflection activities that explored our understandings of key terms in the field, including “community,” “social…

First Afterschool Corps cohort concludes year of service

This week we bid farewell to our first cohort of Afterschool Corps VISTA members. These members served full-time, for a full year, to build the capacity of afterschool programs at their placement sites or partner organizations and to strengthen connections between a Campus Compact member institution and the community. On June 26th, we celebrated our VISTAs and their work at our End of Year Celebration in Durham. The celebration included a visit and tour of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina where we completed a service project wrapping diapers for families in need. After our service project, we continued our…

Faculty members from Duke, ECU selected as 2018-19 Engaged Faculty Scholars

Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson of Duke University and Dr. Rebecca Dumlao of East Carolina University (ECU) have been selected by North Carolina Campus Compact to be the 2018-2019 Engaged Faculty Scholars. They are the fourth pair of NC faculty members to take on the role, which was created in 2015. Ahern-Dodson and Dumlao will receive support from the Compact and from their respective institutions as they undertake a project designed to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their school. They will also serve as consultants to another North Carolina college or university seeking to enhance community-engaged teaching. Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Duke University At Duke,…

NC Afterschool Corps sites are great places to serve!

NC Campus Compact is working with fourteen colleges, universities, and community-based non-profits to recruit qualified candidates to serve with the 2018-19 cohort of our NC Afterschool Corps. These amazing organizations support low-income children and families with a range of youth development programs. Learn more about them below and share these opportunities with community-minded people who want to make a difference. Though some positions have been filled, many of these sites are still recruiting, with placements starting in mid-July! Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point Partner: High Point University Location: High Point On the web: www.hpclubs.org The Boys & Girls Clubs…

Spring 2018 issue of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

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 this spring 2018 issue of Partnerships (Vol. 9, No. 1), we feature three articles addressing important social issues. Stasinos Stavrianeas of Willamette University describes how a service-learning project undertaken by a college nutrition class generated new research that improved primary school nutrition. Chyrisse Heine of La Trobe University examines how providing speech pathology interventions in Cambodia not only offered tangible benefit there, but also increased for students a global awareness of…

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 –…