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Network gatherings to engage 400 faculty, staff, community partners and college presidents

On February 9 and 10 at High Point University, North Carolina Campus Compact will host three events: the Civic Engagement Institute, the PACE Conference, and the NC Presidents Forum. Over the two days, more than 400 faculty, staff, community partners, and college and university presidents will attend. Participants will discuss research, best practices, and institutional strategies to promote civic and community engagement in higher education.

The Civic Engagement Institute on February 9 will explore the theme: “Democratic Education: 100 Years Beyond Dewey.” As 2016 marks the centennial of educational theorist John Dewey’s influential Democracy and Education, this year’s institute uses Dewey as a springboard to explore current issues in civic engagement. Through plenary sessions, workshops, and panel discussions, nearly 200 faculty, staff, and community partners from more than 20 NC Campus Compact member institutions will examine to what degree higher education has embraced Dewey’s notions of educating for democracy. How can colleges and universities foster democratic principles and practice in individual students, in classrooms, in institutions, and in the broader community?

The Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement or PACE Conference on February 10 will convene over 230 faculty and staff from 40 institutions in 9 states to share the latest research and best practice in service-learning and civic engagement. After the network’s annual awards ceremony, facilitators will lead an interactive plenary session on the “Future of Service-Learning and Community Engagement,” followed by workshop breakouts on various topics.

While PACE is going on, nearly 30 college and university presidents and chancellors will participate in NC Campus Compact’s annual Presidents Forum, hosted by High Point University President Nido Qubein, who also chairs the Compact’s Executive Board. On the agenda are presentations by representatives of national organizations Say Yes to Education and the Democracy Collaborative, as well as a panel of presidents who will discuss their role in fostering engagement across their institutions. The assembled leaders will also welcome NC Governor Pat McCrory, who will share his perspective on the role of higher education in our state.

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Election Engagement Fellowships

CEEP_Logo_2014North Carolina Campus Compact, in partnership with the national, non-partisan Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), is sponsoring 2016 Election Engagement Fellows at select schools in our network. Through non-partisan voter engagement activities and collaboration with campus and community partners, Fellows will accomplish two goals:

  1. Register, educate, and turnout student voters in 2016
  2. Assist the campus in creating or enhancing institutional supports for future student election engagementMeredithvotes14crop

Support for this program is provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation through its Strengthening Democracy initiative.

Background: Higher education institutions in our state have both philosophical and practical obligations to support student electoral participation. Campus Compact members in particular have committed to the idea that colleges and universities “must be vital agents and architects of a flourishing democracy” (Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education, Campus Compact, 2000). The federal Higher Education Act requires most colleges and universities to make a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to every student. And, here in North Carolina, the State Board of Elections has signed agreements with the UNC system and NC Community College System outlining shared commitments to educating students about new voting requirements.

Program Description: The Election Engagement Fellowship (EE Fellows) is available to undergraduate students enrolled at select NC/CC member schools during both spring and fall semesters of 2016. Fellows will serve a minimum of 140 hours over two, 10-week terms. For this commitment, fellows receive voter engagement training and support, access to a voter engagement activities fund, and a $1000 stipend (paid in spring and fall installments) upon completion of required minimum hours and key deliverables.

Student Eligibility: Fellows must be enrolled at a Campus Compact member school in both spring and fall 2016. Applicant’s expected graduation date must be December 2016 or later. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in promoting college student voting and democratic participation
  • Ability to recruit, energize and organize student volunteers
  • Willingness to work with campus officials toward shared goals
  • Strong organization and communication skills, including data tracking and reporting, social media, and writing
  • Commitment to meeting hours requirements and to non-partisanship

Priority Campuses: We seek eligible candidates to serve as fellows at 12 of the following 19 priority campuses. These campuses were identified because they share one or more of these factors: the campus is not currently expected to host a student voter engagement organizer through one of our partner organizations; the campus serves an under-resourced student population; or the campus has a track record of success in past CEEP initiatives. The 2016 priority campuses are:

  • Appalachian State UniversityMarchingtovote
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Greensboro
  • UNC Pembroke
  • UNC Wilmington
  • Central Piedmont CC
  • Davidson County CC
  • Durham Technical CC
  • Guilford Technical CC
  • Wake Technical CC
  • Western Piedmont CC
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Meredith College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Wingate University

To apply: Eligible students should complete and submit:

  • Application Form (online)
  • Letter of Interest – Your letter should briefly state why you wish to lead election engagement efforts on your campus and what experience, knowledge, skills, or attitudes make you a good fit for this role.
  • Letter of Support from a “Campus Ally” – The supporting individual may be a faculty member, student organization adviser, or other campus administrator who is interested in student voter engagement and who is willing to advise you in developing your election engagement efforts, connect you with other resources on campus/in community, and meet with you 2x/term.
  • Please upload your letters here or send as .pdf attachments via email to Chad Fogleman, cfogleman2@elon.edu.
  • TIP: Submit your application form as soon as possible, then submit your letters (separately or together) as each is completed.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2016
Applicants will be notified by February 5, 2016. Once your application is accepted, you will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that outlines in greater detail your commitments as an EE Fellow and our commitments to supporting you.

If your campus is not on list of priority campuses but you are interested in campus election engagement work, check out other organizations offering similar campus voter engagement positions:

Questions? Please contact Chad Fogleman, Assistant Director, NC Campus Compact, at cfogleman2@elon.edu.

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2015 Year in Review

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New ED Leslie Garvin welcomes network at PACE 2015.

As 2015 draws to a close, NC Campus Compact looks back at 10 significant events and accomplishments that stand out in our work this year supporting engaged NC campuses.

  1. On January 1, after serving for nearly 10 years as associate director of NC Campus Compact, Leslie Garvin became the third executive director to lead the network since it’s founding in 2002.
  2. In honor of MLK Day of Service, our cohort of AmeriCorps VISTA members organized hands-on community service activities for more than 1300 college students across the state, including more than 600 volunteers at High Point University alone.
  3. Snow and ice forced the cancellation of the annual Civic Engagement Institute, scheduled for February 17. Though we could not convene in person, we still explored the institute’s theme of “collective impact” through a series of webinar presentations offered by experts from our institute line-up.
  4. The annual PACE Conference was held as planned on February 18, bringing nearly 200 faculty and staff together to share research and best practices related to service-learning and community engagement. At PACE, we also recognized our 2015 award winners:
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    From left: Hicks, Hatch, Board chair Nido Qubein, Perry

    • Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch
    • UNC Greensboro Professor Travis Hicks
    • Western Carolina University’s Dr. Lane Perry
    • Central Piedmont Community College’s Dena Shonts.
  5. We launched our new Engaged Faculty Scholars program this summer, selecting Pfeiffer University’s Ashley Oliphant and Warren Wilson College’s Annie Jonas as the inaugural scholars. Both are researching the integration of service-learning into programs for first-year students.
  6. VISTA alum Carolyn Byrne Rifkin returns to the Compact as VISTA program coordinator, implementing – with our VISTA Leaders’ help – a 2-day orientation program for new VISTA members.

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    Our 2015-16 VISTA cohort took part in a 2-day orientation at Elon in August.

  7. Two new issues of our online, peer-reviewed journal Partnerships were released in 2015!  In the Partnerships Logo_P onlyspring, guest editors Stephen Bloch-Schulman and Patricia Rogers produced a special edition on Teaching Democratic Thinking, which helped inspire our 2016 Civic Engagement Institute. In the fall, guest editors Brandon Kliewer and Judith Ramaley put together an issue exploring new concepts of public participation in higher education community engagement.
  8. The network welcomed 3 NEW MEMBER SCHOOLS & PRESIDENTS this fall:
  9. In September, a special Presidents Forum explored the #ServiceYear concept. Nearly 100 college and university presidents and chancellors, foundation and corporate leaders, and allies of national service joined host President Leo Lambert and General Stanley McCrystal to discuss the challenge of making a year of service a cultural expectation and rite of passage for NC students.

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    Presidents and chancellors explored the service year concept at our 2015 Presidents Forum.

  10. Our student conference CSNAP, hosted in November by UNC Pembroke, delivered training in sustained dialogue principles to 100 student leaders and staff. The event featured student award winners, local food and Lumbee performers, as well as a tour of UNCP’s on-campus food pantry, the CARE Resource Center.
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In addition to these highlights, 15 member schools received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2015, and 4 member schools – Duke, Elon, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Warren Wilson College – were ranked among the top-2o service-learning institutions nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Thanks to all our member campuses who made this a great year with your commitment to building strong communities and educating engaged citizens!

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Seven NC member schools receive MLK Day of Service grants

mlk2005_nolineIowa Campus Compact has announced the recipients of nearly $85,000 in grant funding to support activities in honor of MLK Day of Service on January 18, 2016. Sixty-two Campus Compact member colleges and universities in 25 states will receive funds to support community-based projects fighting hunger and serving veterans. MLK Day of Service and the grant program are supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Seven North Carolina Campus Compact member schools were awarded an average of $1500 through the program. The North Carolina grantees are:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Wake Forest University

Eight other schools in the southern region also received grants. View the full list of recipient schools here.

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WFU students and VISTAs prep for the 2015 MLK Read-In event.

Grant funds will leverage more than $300,000 in local and state funding and engage nearly 20,000 volunteers across all projects. These volunteers will support the packaging, sorting and collecting of more than 130,000 pounds of food and the provision of services to nearly 4,000 veterans.

“Campus Compact member institutions across the country have a strong history of honoring the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. through service in their communities,” said Emily Shields, Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director. “These funds will create even more opportunities for colleges and universities to build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones.”

 

Iowa Campus Compact, the lead administrating agency, is working with four Campus Compact affiliates to coordinate the grant program: Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, Wisconsin Campus Compact, and North Carolina Campus Compact.

For more information about North Carolina Campus Compact’s role in supporting current and past MLK Days of Service, view our MLK resource page.

 

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VISTAs help raise awareness of hunger, homelessness

Food and shelter are two of the basic necessities every person needs to build a stable life. Unfortunately for millions of Americans, these two basic needs are not met. Held annually the week before Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) gives communities the opportunity to reflect and take action on these issues.

At NC Campus Compact, our VISTA members use HHAW to educate their campus communities and give students a chance to act.

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UNCG students working with Backpack Beginnings.

At the University of North Carolina- Greensboro VISTA Allison Plitman planned seven events, one for every day of HHAW. The variety of programming offered students the opportunity to volunteer with servGSO at BackPack Beginnings and the Pathway Center, a film screening and panelist discussion, an Empty Bowls event, a Stop Hunger Now packing event, and Soup for Hoops. At Soup for Hoops, a canned food drive, UNCG student groups donated hundreds of cans of food at the men’s Basketball game. All of the donations went to UNCG’s on-campus food pantry, the Spartan Open Pantry.

“College is a great time to get engaged with the community,” said Allison. “It’s so fulfilling to make a difference, especially a tangible difference like packaging food or serving a meal.”

VISTA Annah Wells at Western Carolina University also hosted a week of events in Cullowhee. The opening event, “Weigh the Waste,” challenged students to think about food waste by measuring and visualizing over 225 of food thrown away at the dining hall during lunch. Annah also led three groups of students volunteer at the  Community Table and where volunteers unloaded trucks from larger food pantries with donations and served a hot meal to neighbors in need.  At the Hunger Banquet, students learned the realities of global poverty and world food distribution.  The week wrapped up with a Hunger Games Dodgeball event where students competed against other “tributes” in a fun game while learning about social injustice and unequal access to resources. Throughout the week students also participated in a “Live Below the Line Challenge” to see if students can live off of $1.25 a day for a week, the same budget the average American receiving food stamps has to spend on food.

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Meredith students at HHAW bingo event.

At Meredith College second-year member Meghan Engstran held an event called “A Night of Chance: Bingo Under the Stars.” The event caught the attention of the student population by offering what appeared to be an ordinary night of Bingo. But this game of bingo had a twist- winning a round of bingo does not grantee a satisfying prize. Each aspect of the event simulated situations a person dealing with homelessness or hunger might go through.

Meghan explained, “The purpose of tweaking the bingo cards was to show that not everyone starts with the same and advantages in life.”

VISTAs at Wake Forest University and at the Hospitality House of Boone also supported special events during the week.

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Latest edition of Partnerships explores new notions of public participation in community engagement

Partnerships Logo_P onlyHow is the focus and practice of higher education community engagement changing as scholars and community members work to “more intentionally embody structures of inclusion, participation, and deliberation?” The new special issue of our online, peer-reviewed journal Partnerships explores this question.

In their introduction to the issue guest editors Brandon Kliewer (Kansas State University) and Judith Ramaley (Senior Scholar, AAC&U) write:

“Each of these articles provides a framework or case studies of how community engagement practice is challenging assumptions about who participates, how people participate, the purpose of participation, and why broader participation is deemed important… . Institutional structures that once consistently conferred status to those considered worthy of creating and receiving knowledge are being rethought. The transformation this collection represents does not merely illustrate a democratization of knowledge, but signals a shift in how the involvement of more diverse perspectives and patterns of involvement are effectively putting new knowledge to use in interesting ways.”

Hosted online by UNC Greensboro, Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, journal, which is freely available to registered users. The new special issue, Volume 6, Number 3 (2015), includes the articles:

  • “Rust to Green: Praxis as University-Community Placemaking” by Paula Horrigan (Cornell University)
  • “Towards Productive Disagreement: Deliberative, Democratic Processes in Community Engagement and Service-Learning” by Kathryn Elizabeth Yankura Swacha (Purdue University)
  • “Collectivizing our Impact: Engagement Departments and Academic Change” by Kevin Kecskes (Portland State University)
  • “Governing Academic Civic Engagement: Lessons and Challenges from Four Engaged Campuses” by Jennifer Dugan (Randolph College)

Partnerships accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis. The journal seeks work that examines the processes and outcomes of partnerships that define service-learning and civic engagement projects and programs. Visit the Call for Manuscripts to learn more.

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CSNAP convenes student leaders for day of sustained dialogue

On November 6-7, more than 85 student leaders and staff from 22 colleges and universities in the North Carolina Campus Compact network traveled to UNC Pembroke for the 2015 CSNAP Student Conference. The event featured a special, day-long training in the practice of “sustained dialogue,” which opened students up to role language and listening can play in building relationships and, by extension, strong teams, partnerships, and organizations.

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Local performers shared Lumbee stories and songs.

The conference was also a chance to recognize students for outstanding community service work and to highlight the unique community that is home to UNC Pembroke. Founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School to educate American Indian teachers, the university now has one of the most diverse student populations in the state. Robeson County is also the political and cultural home of North Carolina’s largest American Indian tribe, the Lumbee.

This local culture was a focus of a Friday evening gathering that saw participants enjoy foods like chicken bog and black-eyed peas and hear from a community storyteller and singer. Students also toured the campus and the CARE Resource Center, a project managed by the university’s Office of Community and Civic Engagement. The CARE Resource Center includes a food pantry and clothing closet open to students, staff, and community members. In conjunction with the CSNAP event, the pantry’s shelves had just been re-stocked thanks to a donation from the Food Lion Feeds program.

1107150934_resizedThe Saturday event kicked off with a performance by two of the Southern Sun Singers who played and sang songs of gathering and celebration.

“We are so excited to be at UNCP,” said NC Campus Compact executive director Leslie Garvin in her opening remarks. “UNCP is a great example of what we mean by an ‘engaged campus.’ It uses its resources, especially the energy and expertise of students, faculty and staff, to work with and serve the broader community.”

The morning and afternoon sessions featured an introduction to the principles of sustained dialogue, a IMG_0524process for transforming conflictual relationships developed by U.S. diplomats who worked in Middle East peace negotiations in the 1970s. Today this process is used by student groups that are part of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network to address issues around race, identity and community change.

Sustained dialogue facilitators introduced students to different modes of communication and decision-making, contrasting debate and discussion- modes marked by win/lose dynamics – with dialogue – where participants seek to listen and understand in order to build relationships. In small groups and pairs, students completed a series of activities that let them explore concepts like personal and social identity, inclusive language, and strong questions.

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The group tackled topics that resonated with recent news of campus controversies surrounding race and culture in Missouri and at Yale.

Meredith Casper, assistant director for training and leadership development at DukeEngage, was one of the staff members who attended the event. For her, CSNAP was a chance to learn about sustained dialogue and explore some of these broader issues.

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Aaron Marshall created a scholarship so that one Community Impact honoree could take part in an alternative break service trip.

“Sustained dialogue has always had a great reputation on our campus but I had never seen their training in action, so I was curious about that. Also with some of the tensions that are rising all over higher ed, this seemed a really good training to be participating in right now.”

During the lunchtime awards ceremony, 21 students were recognized as Community Impact Award winners. Also honored were Queens University of Charlotte senior Kate Gatterdam, who was recognized as the 2015 John Barnhill Civic Trailblazer for creating pathways for student community engagement at her school, and UNC Pembroke senior Madison Wilcox, who received a $250 Marshall Alternative Service Experience Scholarship to support her participation in an alternative break trip.

For more information about the CSNAP Student Conference, visit the CSNAP main page.

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