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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 rearranged daily. The BGCA Staff were busy with daily lessons while preparing for an audit and the First Annual Lumbee Days held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. I met the other VISTA who was also assigned to the Clubs, was given a work space and instructed to begin the work listed on my VAD; day one had begun. I had feelings of being overwhelmed with the large workload and unfamiliar setting but the BGCA Staff were welcoming and accommodating. My fellow VISTA and I settled into our stations and developed an outline and a plan of action.

The VISTA Online Orientation, including the video chats and assignments, were beneficial in showing me how to break my VAD objectives and activities down into manageable tasks. I was able to conceptualize projects and develop concrete deliverables. I focused on what I knew, which was making observations, interviewing staff and getting organized. I visited each of the seven Boys & Girls Clubs where I met staff, members and volunteers.  I gathered enough information to allow me to work independently and created online shared file storage for my work. I created a list of potential volunteers and donors for the seven Boys & Girls Clubs which serves as a current and future resource. I was also able to focus my attention on the larger VISTA mission of fighting poverty. I knew that my work should be sustainable by future VISTAs, BGCA Staff and/or volunteers with the goal of addressing poverty.

My once in a lifetime experience as a VISTA came quickly in September as I was invited to attend Lumbee Days in Washington, D.C. with the Lumbee Tribe and the Boys & Girls Clubs. I treated the trip as an immersion experience and spent five days and four nights with approximately seventy-five club members and thirty club staff, as well as local leaders. We rode buses, participated in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and explored D.C. on foot. We spent two full days at the Museum of the American Indian sharing the story of the Lumbee People with the world. The D.C. trip allowed me to reconnect with former colleagues and make new alliances.

Many local leaders, educators, story tellers and crafts people have voiced support of the initiatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Through my VISTA assignment, I have gained first-hand knowledge of tribal government, including protocol and etiquette. I have learned of the many struggles that our tribal members face, such as health gaps, access to services and educational needs. The VISTA program has provided me with an opportunity for growth and personal development as I have worked to address poverty in my community. During the second half of my year of VISTA service, I will complete my VISTA tasks. I will also finish my portfolio project and presentation so that I may showcase my efforts and how they will benefit my community. With the information that I have gained, I will continue to provide the needed services to my community, even after my VISTA service year is over. I encourage anyone who is interested in community service to consider the Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program.

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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 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.

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 fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. Fellows from North Carolina Campus Compact will receive complimentary registration to attend the annual CSNAP Student Conference. The 2018 CSNAP Conference will be held at Fayetteville State University on November 9-10.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

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

Congratulations to the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows from North Carolina Campus Compact member schools:

East Carolina University – Haley Creef

Elon University  – Fiona Zahm

High Point University – Douglas McCollum

Meredith College – Leslie Arreaza

North Carolina Central University –  Jordan Thomas

Pfeiffer University – Kristina Everhart

University of North Carolina at Asheville – Daniel Suber

University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian

University of North Carolina at Greensboro –  Terrell Saunders

Wake Forest University –  David Ajamy

Western Carolina University –  Fiona Buchanan

William Peace University –  Maiah Overton-Ashford

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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 nearly two decades, Charlotte Williams has been an architect of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s community engagement programming.

Charlotte Williams accepts the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year “Sustainer” Award at the President Forum held on Feb. 9 at Meredith College.

Williams first came to Lenoir-Rhyne University (LR) in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the human and community services (HCS) program. Today she serves as Associate Dean for Engaged and Global Learning, and she continues to coordinate the HCS program. Participation in the program has doubled during her tenure. Through her teaching, administration, and civic leadership, Ms. Williams has touched the lives of countless LR students and local citizens.

Williams supports co-curricular service as well, promoting the annual Hands On Hickory event and serving as an advisor to the Circle K club. For several years, she served as the university’s liaison to NC Campus Compact, supervised Lenoir-Rhyne’s AmeriCorps VISTA member, and managed an NC-ACTs grant which provided community service scholarships to students. In 2014, she was honored with the university’s “Outstanding Student Organization Faculty Advisor Award.”

Ms. Williams also models civic leadership. Last fall, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the NC Human Relations Commission. Previously, she was elected and served two terms on the Hickory Board of Education, and she has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the boards of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Catawba County Habitat for Humanity, and Cognitive Connection, a local substance abuse program. In 2008, she received LR’s “Community Service Award.” She was also honored by the Hickory Schools Foundation with the “Outstanding Community Partner Award, 2014-15.”

Ms. Williams received her bachelor’s of social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her master’s of arts from the University of Chicago. Earlier in her career, she worked for the City of Chicago as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and as Assistant Deputy Mayor for Community Services.

Over the course of her relatively short tenure at UNC Charlotte, Tamara Johnson has shaped the civic engagement landscape and mapped new pathways that connect students and community.

Her official position – “Research Associate for Academic Planning and Analysis” in the Office of Academic Affairs – belies her significant civic engagement responsibilities.

Tamara Johnson accepted the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year “Emerging Leader” Award from Leslie Garvin, executive director of NC Campus Compact.

As the coordinator of the university’s North Carolina Campus Compact working group, Johnson oversees efforts to enhance the practice of community-based learning. In 2015, she was instrumental in establishing UNC Charlotte’s biennial Engaged Scholarship and Community Partnership Symposium. She led committees that organized gatherings for campus and community members around key local issues: Hunger in Charlotte in 2016 and Housing Affordability in 2017. Last fall, she was a key ally for a student-led project to bring Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to campus for a conversation with students and community members about police-involved shootings. Johnson is currently leading UNC Charlotte’s development of a Civic Action Plan. The plan aims to create a set of strategic initiatives that align teaching, research, and service around an urgent community need: economic mobility.

“Tamara acts in ways that catalyze change by serving as the momentum and connection in a system that is decentralized and prone to silos,” says UNC Charlotte Provost Joan Lorden.

Johnson is also committed to student engagement. Since 2014, she has chaired the 49er Democracy Experience, a group of students who seek to engage peers in elections and democratic action. Their collective efforts in 2016 engaged hundreds of student voters and helped UNCC be recognized as a “Voter Friendly Campus.”

Working with colleagues in the Dean of Students office, Johnson also co-founded and co-leads UNC Charlotte’s Bonner Leaders program, which welcomed its first cohort in the fall of 2016. A four-year campus-community collaboration that uses federal work-study funds to subsidize public service, the program places students at local non-profit partners.

Johnson also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Global Studies department. In 2015 and 2016 she led summer study abroad trips to Cape Town, South Africa, where she once served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in geography and international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she later completed her Ph.D. in geography. Before arriving at UNC Charlotte in 2012, she was an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, and the University of Cape Town.

UNCC story on Tamara.

(Photos by Andrew Krech)

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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 – which integrates community-based experience and service – has influenced many future teachers and enhanced education for countless young people. Her “Educational Psychology” course, for example, has been in partnership with a local K-8 charter school for sixteen semesters.

The community-based learning in her courses makes a lasting impression. A former student who is now a teacher said she “vividly remember[s] working with a local middle school science teacher and his students to craft my first ever lesson on genetics.”

She continued: “Without Annie’s passion for community engagement, and the powerful, formative experiences she enabled me to have, I would not be the same educator that I am today.”

Dr. Annie Jonas of Warren Wilson College received the 2018 Engaged Faculty Award. Photo by Andrew Krech.

Over the years, Jonas has also become a faculty leader of community engagement. She was a participant in the college’s Service Learning Fellows program, then served as the Faculty Liaison to the Service Learning Program. She is now Director of Faculty Community Engagement. She leads faculty workshops on experiential education and service-learning, advises and consults with colleagues, and distributes her knowledge by presenting research at conferences like PACE and the Gulf South Summit. She also serves as associate editor for the Journal of Experiential Education.

In 2015, Jonas was selected as an “Engaged Faculty Scholar” by North Carolina Campus Compact, one of two faculty members chosen for the program’s inaugural term. In this role, Jonas explored developmental aspects of “civic identity” and how the school’s first year seminar might intentionally foster this growth.

Dr. Jonas and UNC Greensboro Chancellor Frank Gilliam, who presented the award on behalf of the Compact’s Executive Board. Photo by Andrew Krech.

Building on this work, Jonas and other colleagues defined civic identity as a learning outcome for the first year seminar course in the fall of 2016. The group then conceived a developmental model of civic identity, and support for the concept spread. In fall of 2017, the college Cabinet approved civic identity as the primary educational outcome for all Warren Wilson College students, which speaks to Jonas’s institutional leadership.

“Without hesitation, I attribute much of this success to Annie,” writes a colleague. “Her research and understanding of civic identity, skilled listening, consideration of various perspectives, and ability to synthesize feedback allowed for this success.”

Jonas earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Guilford College, a master of education and a secondary teaching certificate from Harvard University, and her doctorate in education from Western Carolina University. Before her career in higher education, she was the executive director of a wilderness experience program for low-income kids, director of the Project POWER AmeriCorps program in Buncombe County, and a public school teacher in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The Compact recognized Jonas at its annual Presidents Forum, hosted by Meredith College in Raleigh on February 9. More than 30 presidents and chancellors attended the one-day event, along with other college and university administrators. She was also recognized at the network’s PACE Conference at Elon University on February 14. The conference convened 200 faculty, staff, students, and community partners from over 30 campuses across the Southeast.

Jonas is the first faculty member from Warren Wilson College to receive the network’s faculty award.

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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 engagement and impacts the community. The honoree is chosen by fellow campus leaders whose institutions are part of the Compact.

Quillen is the seventh president or chancellor to receive the Lambert Award, which was first presented in 2012.

Since 2011 when she became Davidson College’s eighteenth president, Quillen has championed Davidson’s civic mission and focused on preparing students to lead and innovate in the service of something larger than themselves.

Quillen’s support for collaborative research has given Davidson students opportunities to produce new knowledge, whether working with faculty in the classroom or entrepreneurs in the community.  A new graduation requirement approved in 2016 has students taking at least one course that explores justice, equality, and community. Major gifts from the Duke Endowment are enhancing inclusive pedagogy and interdisciplinary learning.

Quillen has helped create immersive, community-based experiences like the Education Scholars, a summer program for students seeking to drive change in Charlotte’s K-12 education system. Another program — the Davidson Impact Fellows – pairs recent graduates with local nonprofit agencies to address critical social issues. In 2014, Quillen saw the launch of the Davidson College Advising Corps, a partnership with the National College Advising Corps to place Davidson graduates as college mentors at under-resourced schools.

Nationally, Quillen has become a spokesperson for access and affordability in higher education. She served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans in 2014-2015. She has continued to strengthen the Davidson Trust, which allows the college to practice need-blind admission and meet 100 percent of demonstrated need for all students through a combination of grants and campus employment. In 2016, Davidson became a founding member of the American Talent Initiative (ATI), one of 30 distinguished colleges and universities seeking to expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing institutions.

Quillen grew up in New Castle, Delaware. She earned a bachelor’s in American history from the University of Chicago, and received a Ph.D. in European history from Princeton University. She came to Davidson from Rice University, where she served as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives.

Davidson College joined North Carolina Campus Compact in 2007, and Quillen served on the organization’s Executive Board from 2011 to 2017.

Presidents Lambert and Quillen (photo by Andrew Krech)

The Compact recognized Quillen at its annual Presidents Forum, hosted by Meredith College in Raleigh on February 9. More than 25 presidents and chancellors  attended the one-day event, along with other college and university administrators.

The forum included keynote remarks by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the American Association of Colleges & Universities, and Dr. Matthew Hartley, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Attendees also took part in a facilitated discussion – led by Meredith College political scientist Dr. David McClennan and retired NC Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr – that examined the role of campuses in fostering free speech and civility.

The 2018 Lambert Engaged Leader Award is sponsored by the Piedmont Service Group. The forum is sponsored in part by Aramark.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 37 public, private, and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.

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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 well is coordinating the Learning Juntos program.

Learning Juntos is a program that focuses on educating parents on resources that can be utilized to help their child succeed in school. These sessions are in Spanish and facilitated by Duke student volunteers. We are currently serving 2 sites, George Watts Elementary and Club Blvd Elementary. However with all of this in mind, if I have to express this past semester with one word, that word would be: “appreciation.”

According to Oxford Dictionaries, appreciation is defined as “recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” With this being said, I have learned to appreciate that this position has challenged me to overcome obstacles that have come my way. I have learned to appreciate the skills that I am learning and utilizing each and every day. I have learned to appreciate the volunteers, students, staff, and parents who have an interest in bettering their community. In late July, I honestly did not know what to expect at my service site. I am from Mt. Airy, a small town in western North Carolina, so the thought of doing community work in a city frightened me. The thought of having to work with community organizations, schools in the Durham public school system, and students and staff from Duke University was very nerve-wracking as well. However, I am a strong believer that if you put your mind to a certain goal or objective, then you will be able to accomplish it!

A Learning Juntos session.

The first few weeks, I was set to learn the ropes of both programs. I got a grasp of the history, the events hosted, and the partnerships that were formed with local programs. I entered my service year right when the program was in its most important stage of recruiting students and preparing for training. I interviewed students for America Reads America Counts but also set out to find students to interview for Learning Juntos. I reached out to local student groups and waited to hear a response. To be honest, I had to send out multiple reminders! However, I now have around 10 passionate Duke students dedicated to working with the Latino community in Durham. Both sites have around 5-12 parents show up to the sessions and all parents seem to be engaged in the material presented. I am very happy to see the parents return to the workshops each month! One of my favorite parts about my service year is building the relationships with the Duke students and families! Moments like these remind me why I decided to take on the NC Afterschool Corps position at Duke University.

“Gracias, es muy bueno saber que alguien le interesa trabajar para nosotras las mamas que hablamos español.”

This statement was made by one of the mothers in the LJ session. This quote translates to: “Thank you, it is very good to know that someone is interested in working for us moms who speak Spanish.” A comment such as this one goes a long way! It allows me to continue with my dedication to the program and overall, it allows me to appreciate those around me who have worked hard to make amazing programs like this continue. I am excited to continue my service at Duke for the next 6 months!

ARE YOU A GRADUATE OR GRADUATING SENIOR who’s ready to support the important work of afterschool programs in NC while strengthening connections between colleges and communities?
Consider A YEAR OF SERVICE with the NC AFTERSCHOOL CORPS, an AmeriCorps VISTA program sponsored by NC Campus Compact! Learn more.

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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

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 Gulf South Summit

The NC Presidents Forum (February 8) was hosted by Chancellor Harold Martin, Sr. of NC A&T State University. With a keynote by Lumina Foundaton President & CEO Jamie Merisotis and remarks by Dr. Alicia Dowd of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, the forum was a space for campus leaders to consider new ideas about talent development and equity.

Our Social Change Forum (February 14), held in collaboration with Duke University’s Office of Civic Engagement, Office of Service-Learning, and the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, brought together campus leaders from the fields of community engagement and social entrepreneurship to explore what the University of Michigan’s Dr. David Scobey called their “common ground and creative tensions.”

Participants discusses their views of community engagement and social innovation at the Social Change Forum.

NC Campus Compact was also a partner in the Gulf South Summit, hosted by UNC Greensboro (March 22-24). Gulf South is one of the Southeast’s longest-running independent conferences on service-learning. More than 350 faculty and staff members attended and several individuals from NC were recognized with Summit awards.

In addition to these special events, the Compact coordinated its annual events: a Community Engagement Administrators Conference focusing on alternative breaks (June 7); our annual CSNAP Student Conference (November 17-18) hosted by Winston-Salem State University, the first HBCU to host CSNAP; and of course our January and August network meetings.

Special Announcement: HPU and Qubein offer challenge gift to create a Compact endowment

During the 2017 NC Presidents Forum, High Point University President Nido R. Qubein made a surprise announcement: High Point University would make a challenge gift of $200,000 to North Carolina Campus Compact! The gift will go toward creating an endowment to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the network. Look for our one-time fundraising appeal coming in 2018!

Joining our network: Elizabeth City State University and Wayne Community College

In 2017 our network grew to 37 campuses with the addition of Wayne Community College and Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). Wayne Community College (Goldsboro, NC) joined under the leadership of President Thomas A. Walker, Jr., who assumed the top post at Wayne CC in September 2016 after serving as the president of the Grand Island campus of Central Community College in Nebraska. ECSU joined the under the leadership of Chancellor Thomas E.H. Conway, Jr., who formerly served as vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State before coming to ECSU in January 2016.

Recognizing Civic and Community Engagement Champions!

Each year the Compact honors outstanding individuals whose commitment to civic and community engagement make a difference on campuses and in communities.

(L-R): HPU President Nido Qubein, Duke’s Dr. David Malone, Durham Tech President William Ingram, Elon’s Dr. Smith Jackson, Compact ED Leslie Garvin

In 2017, we honored Dr. William Ingram, President of Durham Technical Community College, with the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader AwardDr. David Malone of Duke University, with the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award; and Dr. Smith Jackson, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Elon University, with the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award. All were honored at the NC Presidents Forum.

We also selected two faculty members to serve as our 2017-2018 Engaged Faculty Scholars: Dr. Jacquelyn Lee (above, at left), an assistant professor of social work at UNC Wilmington, and Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Bassett (above, at right), 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.

This fall, we honored outstanding students, including Brian Wuertz, a senior at Warren Wilson College, who received the 2017 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award (at left, pictured with John Barnhill). We also recognized twenty-three impressive student leaders, who were selected by their campuses to receive our Community Impact Award.

Seventeen Community Impact Award recipients were recognized at the CSNAP Student Conference.

Building partnerships with the NC Afterschool Corps

This year marked the first year of our re-designed AmeriCorps VISTA program focusing on serving children and families in the afterschool space by strengthening campus-community partnerships. The NC Afterschool Corps currently includes 11 members, including our VISTA Leader, who are working with a variety of campus and community-based programs. In addition to building afterschool program capacity through volunteer mobilization and resource development, Corps members are enriching programming by integrating Design for Change lessons.

Growing voter engagement and strengthening democracy

Dr. Nancy Thomas of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education delivered keynote remarks at the 2017 NC College Voter Summit.

We sought to maintain the momentum of our 2016 voter engagement work by continuing to support campus efforts to strengthen democratic engagement. We shared relevant resources, including information about the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (which your campus should join if it hasn’t already!). We also hosted our second annual NC College Voter Summit, which brought state and national experts to Elon for a full day of learning, with a special emphasis on local elections.

NC answers national call to Civic Action

In 2016, national Campus Compact asked member presidents and chancellors to renew their commitments to the Compact’s founding principles by signing on to the 30th Anniversary Action Statement. To date, 29 NC presidents and chancellors (nearly 80% of our North Carolina network!) have signed on to the statement, committing their institutions to creating a Civic Action Plan that puts those principles into practice. In 2017, eleven campuses submitted a plan, more than any other state in the national Campus Compact network!

New Mission and Strategic Planning Process

Led by executive director Leslie Garvin, our North Carolina network completed a strategic planning process to refine our mission and guide future programming. We owe a debt of thanks to the twenty-five members of our Strategic Plan Advisory Committee who gave their time and best thinking to this effort. We will share the plan with the broader network in 2018.

Looking Ahead….

In 2018, we will continue to support our member campuses as they deepen their civic and community engagement. Our NC Presidents Forum (invitation only, hosted by President Jo Allen of Meredith College, February 9) features an exciting agenda that includes Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U); and Dr. Matthew Hartley, co-author of Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century. Plus, presidents will discuss the role campuses must play in promoting free speech and civility.

Our 2018 Civic Engagement Institute (for member campuses only, February 13 at Elon University) will explore strategies for “Promoting Civility and Problem Solving through Deliberative Pedagogy.” Our annual PACE Conference (register now, February 14 at Elon University), will feature a slate of workshops led by faculty and staff experts from the region, plus keynote remarks by Dr. Nick Longo, co-author of notable works in the community engagement field, including Publicly Engaged Scholars (2016) and Students as Colleagues (2006).

This summer, we will have a special Civic Engagement Administrators Conference (June 12). Assessment guru Anne Weiss of Indiana Campus Compact will help us focus on: “Planning for Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement Activities.”

We are look forward to new and improved monthly digest newsletter, website, and social media efforts; another NC College Voter Summit next fall; the 2018 CSNAP Student Conference (location coming soon!), and more.

Happy New Year!

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