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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!

National Voter Registration Day
September 26

A national holiday celebrating our democracy first observed in 2012. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September. Endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED). Get free stuff for your event when you sign-up as a partner.

NC College Voter Summit
September 29 at Elon University
Register by September 18!

A one-day event for student leaders and campus administrators leading non-partisan student voter and civic engagement efforts at NC colleges and universities. Featured speaker is Dr. Nancy Thomas of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education. Breakout sessions led by the NC Board of Elections, Campus Vote Project, and more. Free but space is limited. Learn more.

National Conference on Citizenship
October 19-20 in Washington, D.C.
Register before Sept. 1 for early bird rates.

With the goal of strengthening civic life in America, this working convening will focus on civic life, civic health, and civic renewal through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. A limited number of scholarships for students are available!

Engaged Campus Institute
November 3-4 in Washington, D.C.
Apply by September 15!

AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and the NASPA Lead Initiative organized this two-day institute to give teams from colleges and universities interested in strategic planning of their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts the opportunity to come together.

Webinars!

Understanding and Using your NSLVE Data
Wednesday, August 23 |  2:00 PM EST  |  60 minutes

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) is the first and only nonpartisan study of individual and institution-level data on college student voting. More than 1,000 campuses are participating and will receive their data this summer from the 2016 presidential election. Reports will also include comparison data from the 2012 presidential election.

Hold a Successful Voter Registration Event
Thursday, August 24 | 2:00 PM EST

How to hold a successful voter registration drive on National Voter Registration Day 2017. We’ll be joined by staff from NYC Votes (that’s the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s voter outreach program). From Nonprofit Votes.

Developing a Democratic Engagement Action Plan
Monday, September 11 |  2:00 PM EST  |  60 minutes

Part of the All In Challenge Webinar Series. In order to increase democratic engagement on on college and university campuses, planning needs to be intentional and activities should be documented. One promising way in which this can be accomplished is through the process of action planning.

CEEP Webinar Series: Creating a Campus Climate to Support Political Learning
Register now via this interest form.
Series of monthly webinars begins September 12.

Campuses will compile teams and participate in monthly webinars and group feedback sessions to assess their institution’s campus climate regarding its friendliness toward political learning and engagement activities. Teams will conduct an abbreviated self-assessment about what on-campus factors matter most that support engagement. Each month, campus teams will have activities that move them toward creating a plan they can begin implementing the Spring of 2018 and into the 2018-2019 school year. Free to participate.

Other Resources and Kudos!

Scholars Strategy Network

The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by organizing scholars working in America’s colleges and universities, and connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media. The network has a Research Triangle Chapter, with scholars from Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State.

NCPIRG wins grant to support student voting at 7 NC campuses

Congrats to NCPIRG, recipient of one of seven recently awarded Students Learn Students Vote coalition grants. NCPIRG will work with seven campuses in North Carolina in 2017 to engage students in local elections, to create democratic engagement action plans, build campus wide coalitions, and help with implementation of engagement efforts. Campuses include: North Carolina Central University; Durham Technical CC; North Carolina A&T State University; Guilford Technical College; Shaw University; Wake Technical CC; & North Carolina State University.

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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 the network that is seeking to expand academic service-learning.

Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett (Photo: WCU)

For her project at Western Carolina, Dr. Wall-Bassett will lead the planning and implementation of a “faculty community engagement development institute.” The institute will involve 10 faculty participants in a year-long program related to the practice of service-learning and community engagement (SLCE). Through the institute and a review/ revision of the SLCE course designation process, Wall-Bassett aims to increase the number of designated SLCE courses at WCU. She will also evaluate the institute to inform future training, and she will research faculty perceptions of SLCE in order to aid in the development of peer review tools for improved SL course design. In addition to involving WCU faculty, Wall-Bassett will open the program to interested UNC Asheville faculty.

In recommending Wall-Bassett for the program, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences Douglas Keskula points to her “successful track record across her career in the area of service-learning.”

In her application, Wall-Bassett described how she has learned by making service-learning a feature of her teaching:

Since 2008, I have actively incorporated SLCE concepts in my interdisciplinary and Nutrition courses, [and] helped other faculty and students understand SLCE key concepts through successful application and scholarship with local and overseas partners… . I have learned the value of group dynamics, the importance of developing capacities to work together, the power of mutually beneficial partnerships, and the need to create innovative research and educational projects.

Dr. Jacquelyn Lee. (Photo: UNCW)

At UNC Wilmington, Dr. Lee will also focus her efforts on faculty learning through the development of a “civic engagement collaborative” — a community of faculty committed to positively influencing society through civic engagement, with a focus on pedagogy and scholarship. Dr. Lee expects the group will meet regularly for professional development, support and consultation, and collaboration on shared projects, including planning for a conference on applied learning that UNCW will host and undertaking an interdisciplinary, applied learning project focused on social justice next spring.

Dr. Stacey Kolomer, director of UNCW’s School of Social Work, recommended Lee for the Engaged Faculty Scholars program, noting that “her service has been very strong in the college, across UNCW, and in the larger community” and that she “always reflects on how projects can benefit community partners and students.”

In her application, Dr. Lee drew parallels between the practice of social work and the pedagogy of service-learning:

Just as social workers co-create spaces that facilitate the empowerment of individuals and communities through acknowledging strengths, increasing access to resources, removing barriers, advocacy, and respecting the dignity and worth of all people, educators and their allies can do the same to encourage the empowerment of students. In my view, the integration of civic and community engagement is curricular manifestation of empowerment-in-action, as these pedagogical practices champion the capacity of students and build the skills necessary for them to make meaningful contributions to the world.

Each Engaged Faculty Scholar will receive a stipend of $1500, travel reimbursement for consultation visits to the partner institution, and a professional development budget to their participation in a conference or professional meeting. Both UNCW and WCU agreed to provide a match of cash, course release, or other resources and recognition. The scholars also agree to present their projects at the network’s annual PACE Conference and other venues.

The Engaged Faculty Scholars program began in 2015-2016 with Dr. Annie Jonas of Warren Wilson College and Dr. Ashley Oliphant of Pfeiffer University. In 2016-2017, Dr. Maggie Commins of Queens University of Charlotte and Dr. Cara Kozma of High Point University were selected.

The Scholars application opens in March and closes mid-May. Learn more about the program and past recipients.

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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 nccc@elon.edu 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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