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Campus Compact VISTAs lead 1300 volunteers on MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 19th, we celebrated the life and legacy of one of the most prominent role models of this country-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to being the leader in the fight against racial inequality, Dr. King is also a preeminent figure in the fight for social and economic equality. On MLK Day, communities across the nation came together in a day of service to continue Dr. King’s dream of a just society.

Our AmeriCorps VISTAs have each dedicated a year of service to fight poverty all across North Carolina. For the past few months, many of our members have been planning MLK Day of Service projects to mobilize students and community members for not only a day of service, but to use this day as a catalyst for a long term increase in community-engagement. This year, our VISTAs provided service opportunities for over 1300 volunteers who served for a combined 4600 hours.

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UNCA volunteers encourage reading.

At UNC Asheville, VISTA Jess-Mara Jordan serving with the Key Center, mobilized over 140 volunteers who worked at nine different service project sites From organizing donations at Habitat ReStore, making arts and crafts for children, to beautifying the streets in Downtown Asheville, the volunteers collectively served for approximately 900 hours. Jess-Mara also spoke of how it warmed her heart to see “everything and everyone, including our new Chancellor, come together for my second MLK Day of Service at UNC-Asheville. Last year was record-breaking and it felt great to see so many people invested in service but to see that the culture has not only remained, but is still growing has made every late night and every little detail worth it.” Read the UNCA News Feature.

VISTAs Kemi Ademuyo, Anna Mahathey, and Shannon Barr of  High Point University‘s Campus Support Program’s Office coordinated an entire weekend of events. On Monday, January 19th, 679 volunteers decided to make it a day ON and volunteered at 20 different community sites in High Point, collectively serving over 2000 hours in a single day. Volunteers participated in a street clean up, packing essential items for the homeless, preparing and cleaning a community garden at the Macedonia Family Resource Center, painting and sprucing up various churches and spending time with senior residents at the Piedmont Christian Home. They also packed over 20,000 meals with Stop HungerNow and hosted a field day at the Hartley YMCA for the children. Our Executive Director Leslie Garvin stopped by to help out as well. The volunteers and their projects were also featured on the local news here.

VISTA Hannah Paek at East Carolina University‘s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center coordinated a Day of Service with the vision of celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of creating a “Beloved Community.” Over 240 volunteers led by student leaders participated in an opening ceremony which included a screening of the I Have a Dream speech, serving at 10 project sites and a closing ceremony which allowed the volunteers to share their visions and hopes of a “Beloved Community.” The volunteers were featured in this news segment.

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6th annual MLK Day Read-In.

VISTAs Naijla Faizi and Natasha Vos with Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute collaborated with Winston-Salem State University and Hand-On Northwest NC to host the 6th AnnualRead-In. Over 160 volunteers participated to work with 115 elementary school aged children. The children were encourage to read, learn the history of the civil rights movement and each were presented with three free books. Naijla worked with several on-campus and off-campus organizations to make the Read-In a success. She collaborated with the sororities at Wake Forest University who hosted a book-drive for the Read-In that collected enough books for not only this year, but also the next! Our own VISTA Leader Catherine Casteel dropped in to participate in the Read-In.

VISTA Kali Hackett at UNC Greensboro Office of Leadership and Service-Learning coordinated 9 projects with 70 volunteers throughout the city. In addition to mural painting at Youth Focus, street cleanup, baking goodies for hospice patients, some of the volunteers also participated in the Day of Service event hosted by the Greensboro Volunteer Center at the Four Seasons Mall. NC Campus Compact Program Coordinator Chad Fogleman also stopped by to participate in a service project with the volunteers.

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ASU students work at Hospitality House.

VISTA, Brittany Johnson with the Hospitality House of Boone, led a team of 20 volunteers who cleaned, painted and did minor repairs at the Welcome Home Thriftique as part of the MLK Challenge. The volunteers also got a chance to visit the Hospitality House and learn about its services. Brittany shared that “My favorite thing about this day of service is that students choose to have a day on rather than take a day off for the sake of helping others. The students who volunteered at the Thriftique were so excited to dive into the work needed. Their teamwork and passion made a huge difference for our project. I was thrilled to be able to share our cause and purpose with them. These student volunteers accepted and completed the challenge, proving that anything is possible and how working together can create change.”

Our VISTAs continue Dr. King’s legacy day in and day out, as they tirelessly work to build the capacities of their community organizations and universities for the growth of a more engaged and better-served society. They believe, as Dr. King did, that “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

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Winter network meetings focus on social justice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow do we define difference and diversity? When when we talk about inclusion, who is in the “unnamed center”? And how do concepts of social justice inform our community engagement work?

Over 55 staff and faculty from 21 campuses explored these questions during our winter network meetings at Catawba Valley Community College (Jan. 8) and Duke University (Jan. 14). The interactive sessions were led by Dr. Silvia Bettez, UNC Greensboro associate professor of Education and author of a 2011 book, But Don’t Call Me White: Mixed Race Women Exposing Nuances of Privilege and Oppression Politics.

Dr. Bettez made her scholarly points as she facilitated peer sharing, surprised us with an online awareness test, and opened up discussions of power and privilege through an exercise drawn from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed.

“I did love the presentation,” said Kristina Snader, who was attending her first Compact network meeting as UNCG’s new assistant director of Community Engagement. “My undergrad degree was in social justice so I enjoy thinking about these questions. And in my position I’m on the lookout all the time for creative ways to teach our students these concepts.”

Network meetings are free to staff and faculty from NC Campus Compact member campuses. Another favorite part of the day is the campus sharing session, where representatives from each school discuss new community engagement efforts.

“I get so nerdily excited over meetings like this,” confessed Kate Johnson, associate director of Community Service at Appalachian State.

In keeping with the meeting theme, several schools discussed plans to highlight social justice issues on campus. Appalachian State will build on its social justice coffee hour series to create a social action plan that can guide the school’s response to events and issues of the day and integrate these concerns into service and engagement programming. (UNC Asheville also has a social justice coffee hour.) Western Carolina University’s Social Justice Institute (coincidentally) took place last week, and NC A&T State University is planning a diversity conference for October 17. Elon’s Kernodle Center is also thinking about social justice and planning to align its work using an issue-based structure.

Campuses also shared exciting new ways of connecting with community partners. Warren Wilson College teamed with UNC Asheville and Mars Hill to host successful “community partner happy hours” last fall to encourage faculty networking with community nonprofit staff. The group is planning more gatherings this spring, including sessions on advocacy and course development. Central Piedmont Community College is hosting free, professional development workshops where local non-profit staff can take advantage of some of the college’s leadership and career service trainings. Duke University is hosting a special gathering of its domestic and international Duke Engage partners prior to the International Service-Learning Summit at Duke in early March.

During lunch, NC Campus Compact’s new executive director Leslie Garvin shared information about upcoming events and new initiatives, including plugs for the Civic Engagement Institute on “Collective Impact” (Feb. 17) and the annual PACE Conference for Service-Learning Faculty (Feb. 18). Garvin also introduced a new effort among the network’s community college members to develop a set of community engagement metrics tailored to the community college environment; and she encouraged schools to take advantage of a new online toolkit from national Campus Compact, “Designing and Delivering a Service-Learning Course.”

The summer network meetings are planned for early August 2015. For more information about the NC Campus Compact network, please contact Leslie Garvin.

Upcoming Network Events:

Jan 21 National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) national conversation live broadcast: The Changing World of Work – What Should We Ask of Higher Education?
https://www.nifi.org/en/groups/stream-changing-world-work
Feb 6-7 Habitat for Humanity of NC, Campus Chapter Summit, Elon, NC
More info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ej98z6iab&oeidk=a07ea9zg11332ad0c70
Contact: Evan Small (Elon)
Mar 4-6 International Service-Learning Summit, Durham, NC
More info: http://globalsl.org/3rd-international-service-learning-summit-march-4-6-duke-university/
Contact: Eric Myln, Elaine Madison (Duke)
Mar 11-13 Gulf South Summit, Little Rock, AR
More info: http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/
Contact: Cathy Hamilton (UNCG)
Mar 16 Measuring and Monitoring Initiative Webinar: Assessing Community Partner Outcomes, featuring Barbara Holland (2 -3:30 PM)
Contact: Leslie Garvin (NC Campus Compact)
Feb 27-28 UNC-Chapel Hill APPLES Service-Learning Program 25th Anniversary Event
More info: http://ccps.unc.edu/apples/
Contact: Leslie Parkins (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Jan 21 National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) national conversation live broadcast: The Changing World of Work – What Should We Ask of Higher Education?
https://www.nifi.org/en/groups/stream-changing-world-work
Feb 6-7 Habitat for Humanity of NC, Campus Chapter Summit, Elon, NC
More info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ej98z6iab&oeidk=a07ea9zg11332ad0c70
Contact: Evan Small (Elon)
Feb 27-28 UNC-Chapel Hill APPLES Service-Learning Program 25th Anniversary Event
More info: http://ccps.unc.edu/apples/
Contact: Leslie Parkins (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Mar 4-6 International Service-Learning Summit, Durham, NC
More info: http://globalsl.org/3rd-international-service-learning-summit-march-4-6-duke-university/
Contact: Eric Myln, Elaine Madison (Duke)
Mar 11-13 Gulf South Summit, Little Rock, AR
More info: http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/
Contact: Cathy Hamilton (UNCG)
Mar 16 Measuring and Monitoring Initiative Webinar: Assessing Community Partner Outcomes, featuring Barbara Holland (2 -3:30 PM)
Contact: Leslie Garvin (NC Campus Compact)
Oct 17 NC A&T State University Social Justice Conference, featuring Lee Mun Wah.
Contact: Ferreli McGilvary (NC A&T)

 

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President of Davidson County Community College joins Compact’s Executive Board

DCCC Logo White RGBNorth Carolina Campus Compact is excited to announce that Dr. Mary E. Rittling, president of Davidson County Community College, has joined the Executive Board. Rittling will serve a 3-year term as one of 10 presidents and chancellors who guide our statewide network.

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) joined the Compact in 2007, and is one of four community colleges among the network’s 35 current member institutions. The Compact is the only collaborative in the state focused exclusively on promoting the public service mission of higher education; and one of the only groups that connects public, independent, and community colleges and universities.

Two other board members represent community colleges: Dr. William Ingram, president of Durham Technical Community College, and Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community College System.

Dr. Rittling became the third president of DCCC in 2003, after holding senior administrative posts at West Virginia University and at the State University of New York at Delhi. DCCC serves nearly 17,000 students each year at two campuses and three satellite education centers in Davidson and Davie counties.

The other North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board members are: Dr. Nido Qubein, president, High Point University (Chair); Dr. Jo Allen, president, Meredith College; Dr. James A. Anderson, chancellor, Fayetteville State University; Dr. David Belcher, chancellor, Western Carolina University; Dr. Leo Lambert, president, Elon University; Dr. Harold Martin, chancellor, N.C. A&T State University; Dr. Carol Quillen, president, Davidson College; Dr. Smith Jackson, vice president for Student Affairs, Elon University (Ex Officio); and Ms. Leslie Garvin, executive director, NC Campus Compact (Ex Officio).

North Carolina Campus Compact member schools share a commitment to educating engaged citizens and strengthening communities. Founded in 2002 and hosted by Elon University, the Compact supports faculty, staff, and students through professional development and resources related to civic and community engagement. Membership is open to the presidents and chancellors of all regionally or nationally accredited institutions and systems of higher education in North Carolina. Learn how your institution can become a member.

Member schools are also part of national Campus Compact, which includes more than 1,100 college and university presidents representing 6 million students across the country.

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15 NC schools receive Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Carnegie_CEC_digital_sealwebThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. In North Carolina 18 institutions have now received the classification, including 17 current NC Campus Compact member schools.

Nationally, 83 institutions are receiving the classification for the first time this year, including North Carolina A&T State University and Warren Wilson College.

One-hundred, fifty-seven (157) institutions that were originally classified in 2006 or 2008 completed the process to be re-classified in 2015. Thirteen NC schools were among this group that successfully renewed their Community Engagement Classification.

These 240 institutions join the 121 schools that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process, bringing the total number of “Community Engagement” classified schools to 361. The table below shows the 18 NC institutions recognized by Carnegie, along with the year(s) in which the school achieved classification.

North Carolina ranks 5th in the number of schools classified, behind only California, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.

While the Foundation’s other classifications rely on national data, Community Engagement is an “elective” classification—institutions participated voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.

Institution Years Classified
Appalachian State University 2008; 2015
Duke University 2008; 2015
East Carolina University 2008; 2015
Elizabeth City State University 2010
Elon University 2006; 2015
Gardner-Webb University 2010
North Carolina A & T State University 2015
North Carolina Central University 2008; 2015
North Carolina State University 2006; 2015
Pfeiffer University 2008; 2015
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006; 2015
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2008; 2015
University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2008 (O&P only); 2015
University of North Carolina Greensboro 2008; 2015
University of North Carolina Wilmington 2008; 2015
Wake Forest University 2010
Warren Wilson College 2015
Western Carolina University 2008; 2015

Read the Carnegie Foundation’s Press Release here.

The Carnegie Foundation provides a complete list of all Community Engagement classified institutions.

Higher education institutions in North Carolina continue to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community engagement and outreach, and NC Campus Compact is proud to continue to support and celebrate these efforts.

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Welcome our new Executive Director Leslie Garvin!

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Leslie Garvin will begin work as the Compact’s ED on Jan. 1.

ELON, NC – Leslie Garvin has been selected as the new Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact. The Compact’s long-time Associate Director, Garvin filled the role of Interim Executive Director since June. After a comprehensive and highly competitive national search, Garvin emerged as the top choice for the permanent position.

Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University and Chair of the Compact’s Executive Board, announced Garvin’s selection, effective January 1.

“I am confident Leslie will provide outstanding leadership to the Compact,” said Qubein. “Her background in community leadership will be an asset in developing professional, civically engaged students across the state.”

Since joining the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, Garvin has played a key role in starting or expanding the network’s community service and professional development programming. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged hundreds of college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acts as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year. Garvin will be the Compact’s third executive director, succeeding Dr. Lisa Keyne, who left the post in May 2014, and Mr. John Barnhill, who founded the organization in 2002.

Prior to joining North Carolina Campus Compact, Garvin worked in the community development field in St. Louis, Missouri. She served as Director of Projects and Volunteer Administration at Faith Beyond Walls (now Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis) from 2002 through 2005, and as Community Programs Manager and Trainer for the Coro Leadership Center from 2000 through 2002. Garvin is also a proud alumna of the AmeriCorps program, having served in St. Louis with an AmeriCorps pilot project, Summer of Safety, in 1994.

From 1994 through 1998, Garvin managed Songtalk Publishing Company in Washington, D.C., where she worked with Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Grammy Award-winning female vocal ensemble, and with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a founding member of the SNCC Freedom Singers.

Her current community involvement includes serving on the Leadership Team of The Queens Foundation, the Education Panel Review Team for the United Way of Greater High Point, as the Puppet Ministry Coordinator and Coach at Deep River Church of Christ, and as the Higher Education Representative for the NC Service-Learning Coalition Board.

She holds two degrees from Washington University in St. Louis: a Bachelor of Arts with College Honors, with majors in Political Science and African American Studies, and a Masters of Social Work, with a concentration in Social and Economic Development.

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President’s Honor Roll recognizes 28 NC colleges and universities

HonorRolllogo2014The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in their communities. The 2014 Honor Roll recognizes 28 colleges and universities in North Carolina, including 20 NC Campus Compact member schools.

The Corporation for National and Community Service has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, in collaboration with other federal agencies and partners, including national Campus Compact. This year, the Honor Roll recognizes schools in four categories: general community service, interfaith community service, community service that advances economic opportunity, and education-related community service. Over 700 schools are listed, including those receiving special distinction. Institutions may be recognized in multiple categories.

Eight North Carolina schools appear on the Honor Roll with Distinction, five in General Community Service and three for Interfaith Community Service. Six are current members of North Carolina Campus Compact. Several campuses made in the Honor Roll in more than one category, including Elon University and Duke University, the only North Carolina schools recognized in all four categories.

North Carolina colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll with Distinction (Category):

  • Elon University (Interfaith Community Service)
  • Duke University (Interfaith Community Service) 
  • Gardner-Webb University (Interfaith Community Service) non-member
  • Mars Hill University (General Community Service) non-member
  • North Carolina Central University (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (General Community Service)
  • Warren Wilson College (General Community Service)

North Carolina colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll (Category):

  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (General Community Service) non-member
  • Campbell University (General Community Service)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (General Community Service, Education)
  • Charlotte School of Law (Economic Opportunity) non-member
  • Davidson College (General Community Service, Education)
  • Duke University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education)
  • East Carolina University (General Community Service)
  • Elon University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education)
  • Fayetteville State University (General Community Service)
  • Gardner-Webb University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity) non-member
  • Guilford College (General Community Service)
  • Halifax Community College (General Community Service) non-member
  • Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte (General Community Service) non-member
  • Johnson C. Smith University (General Community Service) non-member
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University (General Community Service)
  • Mid-Atlantic Christian University (General Community Service) non-member
  • North Carolina State University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity)
  • Pfeiffer University (General Community Service, Economic Opportunity, Education)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Economic Opportunity)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (General Community Service)
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington (General Community Service, Education)
  • Wake Forest University (General Community Service, Education)
  • Western Carolina University (General Community Service)

This is a true testament to the community engagement impact North Carolina colleges and universities are making across our state. Again, congratulations to all our member campuses!

While the Honor Roll recognizes outstanding colleges and universities across the country, four schools are designated as recipients of the 2014 President’s award, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The 2014 Presidential Award winners are: California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.; Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; University of Nebraska Omaha in Omaha, Neb.; and Wheelock College in Boston, Mass. The institutions were recognized for their achievements in general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity, or education.

For more information about the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, read the CNCS Press Release.

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Carolina Center for Public Service Celebrates 15 years

CCPS15thOn November 14, the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-Chapel Hill celebrated its 15th anniversary with a reception honoring students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Home to UNC’s APPLES Service-Learning Program, the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program, and the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars, the Center works to help UNC fulfill its promise as the first public university. To learn more about the Center, its work, and the celebration, read the write-up: “Carolina Center for Public Service Celebrates 15th Anniversary.” View photos of the event here.

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