With many students still away for winter break, over 60 staff and faculty from 29 member campuses took time last week to attend NC Campus Compact’s Network Meetings. The meetings were held at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory and East Carolina University in Greenville. At each session, participants discussed trends and issues in the field of campus-community engagement, shared their best practices and initiatives and, networked with colleagues across the state.
NC Campus Compact also had a chance to share information on network events and opportunities, including the new VISTA Host Site Application, Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference, and various faculty and staff engagement awards. The Compact also shared key resources such as the online journal Partnerships, the Digest e-newsletter, and calendar.
In the west, participants had fruitful discussions around the “professionalization” of the engagement field, the imperative of tracking service activities, and the challenge of measuring student development and community impact. Attendees shared a number of exciting projects, including Appalachian State’s new Board Fellows program that gives students a chance to sit on local non-profit boards and UNCG’s new engagement speaker series, which brings national experts in to lecture on engagement work. In the east, members discussed the challenge of structuring engagement as a true campus-wide effort while ensuring accountability. Among the projects shared was UNC Pembroke’s new literacy commons which grew out of the campus writing center to serve local community members with a variety of literacy-related services such as resume writing and financial literacy courses. Duke University began a new Context and Connections tour of Durham that orients new faculty members to the city’s history as well as current issues. Many other great projects were shared during the campus sharing sessions.
The Compact’s next Network Meetings will be held in early August, at host campus venues in the eastern and western parts of the state. Please contact Leslie Garvin for more information.