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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:

From one our great presenters, Lori Kniffin at UNC Greensboro, whose breakout session focused on conceptions of community engagement and how scholars and students “enter” a new community:

Other popular sessions addresses topics like risk management, reorientation, and applying a critical service learning lens to international breaks.

From one of our out-of-state friends, who joined us from University of South Carolina:

In addition to USC, representatives from 9 other colleges and universities outside NC made the trip to Elon, including folks from Emerson College in Massachusetts, Miami University in Ohio, Georgia Southern University, and Vanderbilt.

Highlights of the day included keynotes led by Melody Porter of William & Mary and Shoshanna Sumka of Sidwell Friends School, co-authors with Jill Piacitelli of Working Side by Side: Creating Alternative Breaks as Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change (2015).

Dr. Elizabeth Niehaus of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln also delivered a keynote presentation, “‘It changed my life, but then what?’ Maximizing the impact of ABs through understanding how students integrate and build on their experiences.” Her presentation summarized research that examines two key concepts related to experiential learning and action: engagement momentum and integrative learning. Two articles Dr. Neihaus authored or co-authored examine how these concepts inform students’ experience with alternative breaks:

Thanks to all presenters, planning committee members, and participants for making the 2017 Community Engagement Administrators Conference a successful event full of questions and new ideas! Special thanks to event sponsors:

International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA)
Camp Restore (New Orleans & Detroit)
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly (Black Mountain, NC)

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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 and specify which of the placements below are of interest. Then, complete the AmeriCorps application and submit the application to our Afterschool Corps position listing. Please call us at 336-278-7278 with questions.

Host site: Brigade Boys & Girls Club
Partner site: UNC Wilmington  (Office of Student Leadership and Engagement)
Service location: Wilmington, NC

Description: The Brigade Boys & Girls Club serves at-risk youth and teens, ages six through eighteen with afterschool and summer programming. Brigade’s focus is on helping youth achieve academic success, develop good character and citizenship, and learn to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Afterschool Corps member at Brigade will: 1) Coordinate volunteer recruitment & training, 2) Serve as liaison to local corporate partnerships, 3) Grant-writing/research, 4) Research/prep for major gift program, 5) Assist in social media. A key element in that effort will be to utilize and expand connections to UNCW, and especially to the Office of Student Leadership Engagement, to provide planned short-term and extended-term volunteering. Two key activities toward this end will be face-to-face connections with individuals and groups at the university and the two local community colleges, and enhancing social media efforts to reach a younger audience with information on the mission and work of Brigade Boys & Girls Club.

Host site: BUMP: The Triangle
Partner site: NC Central University (Academic Community Service Learning Program)
Service location: Durham, NC

Description: BUMP, Inc. is a nonprofit music education organization dedicated to fostering urban youth empowerment through music of the African Diaspora, by promoting musical proficiency, cultural literacy and resilience. It’s work is situated at the intersection of arts, youth education, and programs that serve less advantaged populations. BUMP: The Triangle launched programming in 2014 and currently serves over 700 children annually. BUMP offers music classes, workshops and residencies for Pre-K through 8th grade, in public schools, after-school and during the summer. At BUMP, the Corps member will perform a needs assessment of the current program, integrate DFC into the curriculum, secure additional funding, and establish a volunteer management system.

Host site: Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina (Boys & Girls Clubs)
Partner site: UNC Pembroke (Office for Community & Civic Engagement)
Service location: Pembroke, NC

Description: The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Boys & Girls Clubs are open to all youth between the ages of 6 to 18 for a nominal membership fee for the school year and the summer session. Working with the Lumbee Tribe’s Youth Services department, the Corps member will support volunteer involvement, resources development, and program development, including the development of a curriculum that will be used to teach Boys & Girls Club members about the Lumbee people.  This instruction will improve club members’ self-esteem and instill a strong sense of identity—key elements that build a child’s foundation for success.

Host site: NC State University Juntos Program
Partner site: East Garner Magnet Middle School
Service location: Raleigh, NC

Description: Bilingual Spanish/English candidates strongly preferred! Juntos (pronounced “Who-n-toes”) means “Together” in Spanish and works to unite community partners to provide Latino 8-12th grade students and their parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent youth from dropping out and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college. The Juntos Program brings together cohorts of 8th grade youth to support each other for 3-5 years as they enter high school and prepare together for higher education. The program began in 2007 and is now in 13 states and numerous communities across the country. The Afterschool Corps member will work to increase the capacity and sustainability of the Juntos Program by helping plan for events, volunteer training, fundraising, grant writing, and the creation of handbooks to guide partners and staff as they run the Juntos Program across the state and across the nation.

Host site: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County
Partner site: Elon University
Service location: Burlington, NC

Description: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County serves youth ages 5 to 18 and its mission is to enable all youth, especially those that need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The Club offers tested, proven and nationally recognized programs in Five Core Program Areas that closely align with the developmental needs of all young people: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The Afterschool Corps member will work to build club capacity and awareness, develop community partners and increase financial revenue through cash and in-kind donations.

Host site: The Wade Edwards Learning Lab (The WELL)
Partner site: NC State University (Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service)
Service location: Raleigh, NC

Description: The WELL is a 501c3 community organization established in 1996 and provides an after school program for Wake County high school students. The WELL offers free tutoring, access to a computer lab, post-secondary prep through Bridge to College; multiple enrichment programs (WELL Rounded, Teen Talk, Advocacy in Action, Hi-Tech Teens), and opportunities for service through our WELL Service Warriors and WELL Ambassadors. The Afterschool Corps member will focus especially on volunteer recruitment and partnership development with local colleges and universities.

And — in addition to the chance to work with great organizations that support communities and youth — there is more good news for VISTA recruits: the living allowance rate just increased! 
Visit our Page for Prospective VISTA members to learn more!

In addition to the 6 organizations above, our new NC Afterschool Corps AmeriCorps VISTA project will also build capacity at the following organizations:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, Inc.
Davidson College, Center for Civic Engagement
Duke University, America Reads/America Counts
East Carolina University, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
High Point Leap
Pfeiffer University
UNC Asheville
William Peace University

Click the map image below to view in Google Maps: NC Afterschool Corps Placement Sites (2017-18)

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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 Change Forum, hosted by Duke University — to explore the higher education intersections of community engagement and social entrepreneurship.
  • Our AmeriCorps VISTA program supported 15 #ServiceYear members building capacity of K-12 education, hunger relief, and economic support projects across NC.
  • Two new members joined our network: Alamance Community College and the NC Community College System!

View the full Year in Review 2016-2017 (pdf)!

And looking ahead to 2017-2018, please mark your calendars for these events and key program dates, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter for reminders of these and many other opportunities:

  • August 1 & August 3Summer Network Meetings (for campus liaisons & community engagement staff), hosted by @Pfeiffer University (8/1) & by UNC Pembroke (8/3) – Free but please RSVP by July 17
  • September 29NC College Voter Summit, hosted by Elon University – for students and fac/staff leading non-partisan, campus-wide civic and election engagement programs.
  • November 10-11CSNAP Student Conference, hosted by Winston-Salem State University.
    • Call for proposals for student-led workshops (8/1 – 9/29)
    • Registration open (9/1 – 10/20)
  • February 8NC Presidents Forum, hosted by Meredith College.
  • February 13Civic Engagement Institute, hosted by Elon University.
  • February 14PACE Conference, hosted by Elon University.
    • Call for workshop proposals (9/20 – 11/10)
  • March 25-28 – 2018 Campus Compact National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • April 11 – National Campus Compact Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Workshop with John Saltmarsh, hosted by UNC Charlotte.
  • Plus…
    • We kick off a new AmeriCorps VISTA project – the NC Afterschool Corps, which will build the capacity of afterschool programs and strengthen campus-community partnerships.
    • Presidential, faculty, and staff awards for outstanding service & engagement:
      • Lambert Engaged Leader Award (nominations by NC presidents and chancellors)
      • Sigmon Service-Learning Faculty Award (nominations accepted 9/25 – 12/15)
      • Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award (nominations accepted 9/25 – 12/15)
    • Student awards for outstanding service & engagement:

We look forward to working with you and your campus in the coming year!

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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 DCCC faculty on April 21.

The half-day session focused on an introduction to service-learning theory and practice, cultural competence, and developing strategies for designing and implementing service-learning courses.


In addition to their work with DCCC, Commins and Kozma are undertaking projects to deepen or expand community engagement on their respective campuses. Commins is using her fellowship to support the integration of service learning or civic engagement components in accordance with the university’s new general education curriculum, “Queens Advantage.” The curriculum requires new “learning communities” at the 300 level to incorporate engagement. At High Point University, Kozma is researching how students’ socioeconomic backgrounds affect individual learning outcomes in service-learning courses.

The Compact is seeking applications from faculty members at network campuses who wish to serve as Engaged Faculty Scholars in 2017-2018. The application deadline is May 12.

Selected scholars receive a $1500 stipend, as well as access to professional development funds to support their participation in a community engagement conference.

Learn more and apply.

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New edition of online journal Partnerships now available

Partnerships Logo_P onlyThe 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 by UNCG’s Dr. Spoma Jovanovic. The Spring 2017 edition is available online here.

List of Articles:

Creating Intentional Paths to Citizenship: An Analysis of Participation in Student Organizations (Julianne Gassman, Jennifer M. Beck, Jonathan Klein)

Developing Compassionate and Socially Responsible Global Citizens through Interdisciplinary, International Service-Learning (Sara Fry, Aileen Hale, Kelli Soll, Christopher Bower, Adiya Jaffari)

Bringing innovation theory to practice in a program model for collaborative knowledge building: The Curriculum Fellows Program (Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Beate Brunow, Sydnie Mick)

Book Reviews:

The political classroom: Evidence and ethics in democratic education (reviewed by Vincent Russell)

Public participation for 21st century democracy (reviewed by Jeanette Musselwhite)

Engaged research and practice: Higher education and the pursuit of the public good (reviewed by Kathleen E. Edwards)

Partnerships continues to accept manuscripts on a rolling basis. The journal seeks articles examining the processes and outcomes of partnerships in the context of service-learning and civic engagement. Visit the Call for Manuscripts to learn more.

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Eleven NC students named Newman Civic Fellows

The Newman Civic Fellows programs recognizes outstanding student leaders from across the Campus Compact network.

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 2017 Newman Civic Fellows from North Carolina are:

East Carolina University – Erick Jenkins
Elon University – Amy Belfer
High Point University – Jasmyn Alexander
Meredith College – Kirby Jones
North Carolina Central University – Tyler Walker
North Carolina State University – Ashle Page
Pfeiffer University – Mandee Schaub
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke – Natural Breeden
UNC Charlotte – Erica Cherian
University of North Carolina Asheville – Shannon Bodeau
Western Carolina University – Joanna Woodson

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will be the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides students with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

“The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Congrats to all of the amazing Newman Civic Fellows from our North Carolina network!

Learn about the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows from North Carolina.


About Campus Compact:
Campus Compact is a nonprofit coalition of more than 1000 colleges and universities— representing some 6 million students—committed to the public purposes of higher education. As the only national association dedicated to this mission, Campus Compact is a leader in building community engagement into campus and academic life.  For more information, visit or follow @Campus_Compact on Twitter.

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