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OUR NEW WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE!

Our new website is live at www.nccampuscompact.org. If you came to this site via a bookmarked link, please visit our new website and update the bookmark. This site will remain archived for four months. All relevant updates will be made to the new site.

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New Website Coming Soon!

If you noticed that the information on some pages seems a bit outdated, don’t despair! We are in the process of launching a new and improved website.  We ask for your patience.  Stay posted for the big reveal!

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New issue of Partnerships Journal

The fall 2018 issue of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement marks the conclusion of a decade publishing articles that recognize successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships. Thus, it is fitting that this issue’s articles address directly through empirical research the impact of service-learning partnerships in three distinct areas: how academic-based service yields stronger results than community service; how service-learning directed toward at-risk youth can and should expand to include longitudinal studies; and, how service-learning when paired with sustainability efforts draws greater attention to much needed eco-justice around the world. Access the journal online (free).

Partnerships, Volume 9, Number 2
Table of Contents

Articles

A comparison of the experiences and vocational benefits of service-learning and community service volunteering in a community-based exercise program
Jenelle B. Weidner, Rachael C. Stone, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Jennifer R. Tomasone — all from Queens University (Canada)      

Helping At-Risk Youth to ‘Think Big’: A Partnership between a College and a Community Agency
Robyn Maitoza, York College of Pennsylvania 

A New Alliance for Service Learning and Community Engagement To Cultivate Citizens with an Ecocentric Vision of Justice
Melanie G Keel, Catherine Wright, Allison Kellar — all from Wingate University 

Book Reviews

Maria Avila, PH.D (2018) Transformative Civic Engagement Through Community Organizing. Stylus Publishing LLC
Review by Richard Coon, Sean Crossland, University of Utah

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Guilford College senior honored as Barnhill Civic Trailblazer

2018 Barnhill Trailblazer Zaynah Afada. Photo courtesy of Guilford College.

Guilford College senior Zaynah Afada is the 2018 recipient of the John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award. The annual award is presented by North Carolina Campus Compact to one student in the state who fostered innovative service partnerships and whose leadership inspires others to serve.

A Bonner Scholar at Guilford, Afada is honored for her service with immigrant and refugee communities in Greensboro.

Afada first encountered Guilford’s Bonner program during her sophomore year of high school, when she joined a project called the African Youth Initiative. The initiative supported newly arrived African immigrant youth in Greensboro as they worked to graduate high school and access higher education.

“When I came to the United States,” Afada says, “I had no previous knowledge about the education system here, so I understood why newly arrived African youth struggled. I knew how hard it was to learn a different language, adjust to a different culture, and access resources in a foreign city.”

At the time, the African Youth Initiative was coordinated by Bonner students from Guilford College. The connection was serendipitous: Afada graduated from high school and enrolled at Guilford as a Bonner Scholar, a program she says “afforded me the opportunity to access an education and an opportunity to serve others.”

Afada was born in the West African country of Togo, and she immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was nine years old. As a Guilford student and Bonner Scholar, she sought out opportunities to work with Greensboro’s immigrant communities. She was coordinator of the community garden project at the Newcomer’s School and an intern with the North Carolina African Services Coalition. She is also a member of Guilford’s food justice club and African Students Association.

In 2017 Afada was elected by the community to serve as one of five members of the City of Greensboro’s International Advisory Committee (IAC). The committee reports to the city’s human relations commission and the city council about issues and policies affecting Greensboro’s diverse international community.

Afada addresses CSNAP audience. Photo: Dennis McNair

Perhaps her most important service has been with immigrant and refugee families who lived in the Summit-Cone apartment complex. In November 2016, Afada began serving as the Bonner coordinator for a community center at the low-income housing complex. Andrew Young, former volunteer training coordinator at Guilford, took Afada on her first visit to the neighborhood.

“Ms. Afada was tentative at first, but willing to give it a try,” Young recalled. “As we went door to door introducing ourselves she was a natural, able to get residents to open their doors and converse in halting English or in French.”

For almost two years, Afada recruited volunteers, tutored children after school, and assisted families at the complex. In May 2018, an accidental kitchen fire in one apartment killed five children. Their family had been resettled in the complex from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The apartment had no working smoke detectors. The tragedy focused attention on a number of contributing factors: the lack of affordable housing, city building code enforcement, negligent landlords, and economic insecurity facing immigrant and refugee families.

Afada saw the community center needed to serve residents in a different way. She and other volunteers worked with residents to file housing complaints, created spreadsheets to track data, and arranged conversations with city officials, all while comforting devastated neighbors. Most impressive about Afada’s work, according to one nominator, was “her knowledge of each of the 30 or so families. She knew almost everyone’s name.”

In September the Summit-Cone apartments were condemned by the city, and the Bonner community center project ended. Afada plans to continue her work on behalf of immigrant communities in new ways after graduation.

Created in 2011, the Barnhill Award is named for John H. Barnhill, who founded innovative service programs while a student at Elon University and who later became the founding executive director of North Carolina Campus Compact. Afada is the ninth student to receive the award and the first from Guilford College.

Afada and Bonner director James Shields. Photo: Dennis McNair

 

Afada was honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 10 at Fayetteville State University. The event convened more than 150 students and staff from 23 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference included student-led workshops, panel discussions, and plenary sessions on diverse community engagement topics around the theme: “The Power of Youth Civic Courage.”

North Carolina Campus Compact is a collaborative network of 37 colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy. The NC Campus Compact state office fosters connections between campuses, shares best practice information and resources, recognizes outstanding work, and champions civic and community engagement in higher education.  The network, an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University.

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CEEP non-partisan NC voter guides just in time for early voting!

The Campus Election Engagement Project is a national, nonpartisan effort that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections. In addition to supporting student voting fellows across the across the country and funding our MidTermsMatter mini-grants program here in NC, CEEP produces non-partisan candidate and issue guides designed to give student voters straightforward, unbiased information. For 2018, CEEP has created several NC-specific guides and resources. PLEASE reproduce and distribute!

NC Supreme Court Candidate Guide – a 2-page guide to the 3 candidates who are vying for a seat on the state’s highest court: incumbent Republican Barbara Jackson, Democratic challenger Anita Earls, and Republican Chris Anglin. This is the most important statewide office on the 2018 ballot.

NC’s 9th U.S. Congressional District Candidate Guide – a 2-page guide to the top two candidates in one of the most competitive U.S. House races in the state. NC’s 9th Congressional District includes Robeson County (UNC Pembroke), parts of Mecklenburg County (Central Piedmont CC), and parts of Cumberland County (Fayetteville State).

NC’s 13th U.S. Congressional District Candidate Guide – a 2-page guide to the top two candidates in one of the most competitive U.S. House races in the state. NC’s 13th Congressional District includes parts of Guilford County (UNC Greensboro, High Point University, Guilford Tech, Guilford College, NC A&T, Bennett College) and parts of Davidson County (Davidson County CC).

NC Amendments Poster(reduced) – a 11 x 17-inch poster educating voters about the 6 proposed amendments to the NC constitution appearing on the ballot. For each amendment, the poster provides language that will appear on the ballot and bullet-point explanations of what the amendment would change, but it does not advocate for/against any of the measures. In NC, constitutional amendments that appear on the ballot can be approved by a bare majority (51%) of voters. The poster is created with resources from You Can Vote, a grassroots, non-partisan organization based in Durham, NC.

CEEP has many other guides for important races in other states. Check out www.guides.vote to view all the CEEP guides. CEEP also has tips on creating your own candidate guides, and a guide to using their guides.

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COPIL team authors book chapter, “Social Justice In Service-Learning And Community Engagement”

A team of practitioner-scholars from NC Campus Compact’s Community of Practice, Inquiry, and Learning (COPIL) has authored a book chapter in the forthcoming volume, Critical Intersections In Contemporary Curriculum & Pedagogy. The chapter — “Social Justice In Service-Learning And Community Engagement: A Conversation About Meanings, Practices, And Possibilities” — is a reflection on the group’s formation and shared dialogue around key concepts that undergird higher education service-learning and community engagement, particularly “social justice.” In introducing the chapter, the authors note:

This reflective chapter is part of COPIL’s process and one of its products. Here, we converse around how social justice is (a) conceptualized, (b) operationalized, and (c) visualized. Some of our quotes here have been edited for brevity, specificity, and readability. We have made no attempt to reach or represent consensus; rather, we explore and share points of agreement and disagreement, including as we are using them to guide us in ongoing inquiry.

The authors include individuals from the NC Campus Compact network and from the Service-Learning Community Engagement Future Directions Project (SLCE-FDP):

Leslie Garvin, NC Campus Compact
Patricia Bricker, Western Carolina University
Margaret M. Commins, Queens University of Charlotte
Spoma Jovanovic, UNC Greensboro
Kelly Misiak, Pfeiffer University
Lane Perry, Western Carolina University
Sarah E. Stanlick, Lehigh University
Elizabeth Wall-Bassett, Western Carolina University
Catherine Wright, Wingate University
Patti Clayton, PHC Ventures

The volume Critical Intersections In Contemporary Curriculum & Pedagogy is edited by Laura Jewett, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Freyca Calderon-Berumen, The Pennsylvania State University-Altoona; and Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The book is published by Information Age Publishing.

View the flyer for more information and ordering instructions.

 

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