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…

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…