The Digest E-Newsletter
Uniting campuses * Empowering students * Impacting communities
January 2014 
In This Issue


New Year - New Look!  Welcome to the new format for the Digest, the civic engagement e-newsletter generated by NC Campus Compact.  We believe this version will be easier to access through your mobile device and share with others.


May 2014 be a year when you deepen and sustain your community engagement efforts.  NC Campus Compact looks forward to being your partner in this work.


If you are joining us in Wilmington, February 3-5, for Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training, the Civic Engagement Institute, or the PACE Conference, we look forward to seeing you.  You will join over 350 faculty and staff participating throughout the three days.


- NC Campus Compact

NC Campus Compact News

Now Accepting VISTA Host Site Proposals for 2014-2017 Projectsnull

Deadline: February 10th


The NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA host site application is now available. Member campuses and designated community-based partner organizations may submit new proposals for 3-year projects. (Continuing sites may submit continuation proposals.) Our VISTA program "fights poverty with the power of higher education" by building the capacity of programs/organizations that serve low-income people and meet specific community needs in areas of K-12 education, hunger, or homelessness. All projects should develop or strengthen a mutually beneficial, campus-community partnership and should be designed for sustainability after 3 years. VISTAs may be hosted by any office or unit on a campus or by a community-based organization in partnership with a member campus.


VISTA members serve full-time for one year, beginning August 2014. Host site applicants should contact Chad Fogleman, VISTA Program Coordinator, in advance of submission at (336) 278-7197.


Download application materials here

Member News & Events
Duke University

Duke University Office of Civic Engagement Presents "A Life of Politics & Public Service: A Conversation with Senator Harris Wofford & Duke University Professor Joel Fleishman"

Thursday, February 6 (5:30-6:30 pm), Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Building. Download the flyer for more information. Free and open to the public.

Elon University
Elon is one of 28 institutions to receive an AAC&U Bringing Theory to Practice Project Award. They will use their project development grant for Advancing Civic Engagement and Cultural Competence: Using ePortfolios to Assess the VALUE of Student Learning, scaffolding reflection about encounters across difference within and beyond their academic community, recognizing these encounters are powerful predictors of learning and development. Support from Bringing Theory to Practice will lead to the development of a robust and sustainable process of assessing portfolio entries using AAC&U's VALUE rubrics on intercultural competence and civic engagement.
Grants and Funding Opportunities

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
Deadline: January 31st


Grants provide funding of up to $500 for youth (age 5-25) to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities. 

Learn more    


Spencer Foundation New Civics Initiative Grants
Deadline: February 6th (Grants up to $50,000)

and April 29, 2014 (Grants up to 350,000)


The foundation is accepting research proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people. Of special interest are projects designed to improve understanding of the avenues for and impediments to civic learning and civic action among young people who do not attend college, who reside in marginalized communities, who are recent immigrants or immigrants of different legal statuses, or who are less economically privileged.

Learn more 


Scotts Miracle-GRO1000 Grassroots Grants
Deadline: February 17th


Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities to help bring edible gardens, flower gardens, and public green spaces to more neighborhoods.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants for Adult Literacy, Family Literacy and Summer Reading
Deadline: February 27th

Grants support nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General.
Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference Initiative Grants
Deadline: February 28th


Grants support initiatives where youth, ages 6 - 25, take leadership roles in addressing one or more of the issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, or food politics and education. Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 - $20,000.

Learn more 


Ben & Jerry's Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change

Deadline: March 14th 

One-year grants of up to $20,000 to nonprofit, grassroots community-organizing groups to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just-food systems. Grants can be used to support either programming or operations costs.
Learn more



Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

Deadline: May 22nd 


Grants support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that work to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading.  





Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Annual Award
Application Deadline: Feb 10th


Exemplary partnerships from anywhere in the world that are striving to overcome the root causes of health, social, environmental and economic inequalities are invited to apply.


Newman Civic Fellows Award
Nomination Deadline: March 6th

Each Campus Compact member president/chancellor can nominate one undergraduate student 
who is a proven leader with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving.  


Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award
Application Released: February 3rd
Nomination Deadline: April 1st


This award is given to one senior faculty member for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students' civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education's contributions to the public good.


President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Application Deadline: April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. ET

The Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Publications and Resources

Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Webinar Series


The webinar recordings are now available from the 2013 Peer Development Network (PDN) produced by the Eastern Region Campus Compacts (ERCC).  

  • In Webinar I, "Overview of the Classification and Framework"Drs. John Saltmarsh and Lina Dostilio 
  • In Webinar II, "Tracking and Measuring Engagement"Dr. Barbara Holland 
  • In Webinar III"Model Processes", Weber State University, Tennessee State University, and Mount Wachusset Community College 

These webinars have been repackaged are available for $100 per person, plus a $6.49 transaction fee. Click here to register for the webinars. Upon registration, you'll receive access to the webinars that will be linked exclusively to your email address.

Civic Studies
3rd Monograph in the Bringing Theory to Practice Monographs Civic Series) is edited by Peter Levine and Karol Edward Sołtan. It includes nine scholarly essays addressing such questions as, "What should good citizens know and do?" and "What scholarly knowledge is useful to citizens?"


Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 


CC logoThrough a new partnership with this journal, Campus Compact  will serve on the editorial board and focus on providing provocative reflective essays about engagement from presidents and chancellors who are Campus Compact members.


Click the link above to read Volume 17(4), December 2013. Articles include "Strengthening the Scholarship of Engagement in Higher Education", "Current Practices and Infrastructures for Campus Centers of Community Engagement", and "Partnering to Survive: Reflections on the Pursuit of Campus-Community Initiatives Prior to Tenure."

The Peabody Journal of Education

The most recent edition was based on the theme "Higher Education's Role in Public School Reform and Community Engagement" and edited by Robert F. Kronick, Jessica Nina Lester and D. Gavin Luter. It includes a lead article from the Netter Center at U Penn, "The Promise of University-Assisted Community Schools to Transform American Schooling: A Report From the Field, 1985-2012" that details the development of Penn's partnerships with local schools and community organizations in West Philadelphia. It also outlines how Penn's University-assisted community school approach has been successfully replicated nationally.

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Volume 20  

The MJCSL is a national, peer-reviewed journal for college and university faculty and administrators, with an editorial board of faculty from many academic disciplines and professional fields at the University of Michigan and other U.S. higher education institutions


Topics in this latest volume include "The Relationnship between Service-Learning and Degree Completion" and "Do University Communications About Campus-Community Partnerships Reflect Core Engagement Principles?"

"Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning" Guidebook

Resource for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other education leaders created by the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement at the Education Commission of the States.

Calls for Proposals/Papers

Extending Our Reach: The Inaugural Colloquium on Academic Libraries & Service Learning 
August 11, 2014, Santa Clara University, Santa Clare, CA

Deadline: January 31st


3rd Annual Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit

June 12-13, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

Deadline: February 10th


The Community College National Center for Community Engagement's 23rd Annual International Conference
Connectivity Through Service Learning and Civic Engagement"
May 20-22, 2014, DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.
Deadline: February 13th  


2015 Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement (SoTE) Conference
"Reaching the Summit: Explorations in Meaningful Learning Through Community Engagement"

January 20-22, 2015, Orem, Utah
Deadline: April 11, 2014


National Civic Engagement Events

National Literacy Action Week 
January 27- February 1, 2014


Campus literacy programs nationwide join together to raise awareness about literacy and create change on their campuses and in their communities.


Learn more

NERCHE Virtual Think Tank Session One
Participatory Action Research (PAR): An Epistemology to Examine Purposes of Education

January 29, 2014 (12:00 - 1:30 pm)

Presenter: Patricia Krueger-Henney, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership in Education, Program of Leadership in Urban Schools, University of Massachusetts Boston


The registration fee for participation in each real time Virtual Think Tank session is $195. NERCHE also offers recordings of past sessions for $100.

Learn more

Campus Vote Project Summit

February 6, 2014, Washington, DC 


Event to highlight the current state of student voting rights and share ideas on how to develop effective strategies for overcoming the challenges to youth participation in our democracy. S

ponsored by the Fair Elections Legal Network. 
Learn more

25th Anniversary PHENND Conference

"Anchor Institutions: A Regional Approach"
February 13-14, 2014, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University

UNC Greensboro's Emily Janke is a plenary panelist at this event on the topic "Universities in their Communities, Cities, and Regions: Economic Development and Community Engagement."

Learn more

William and Mary Active Citizens Conference

Educating, Uniting & Inspiring Active Citizens
February 14-15, 2014, William and Mary College, Williamsburg, VA

Learn more 

American Democracy Project's eCitizenship Webinar Series

"Sustaining Student Leadership on Civic Engagement Projects"
February 20, 2014, 1:30 p.m. ET


This webinar will focus on ways to deal with the high rates of student turnover that sometimes doom large civic engagement projects. Specifically, the presenters will discuss strategies for sustaining student leadership after previous leaders move on to graduation or other activities.


Click here to join the webinar and then connect via phone to the audio using: US (Toll): 1-719-387-8317 OR US (Toll Free): 1-866-642-1665.

2014 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education

March 26-28, 2014, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Early Registration Deadline: January 31st

Regular Registration Deadline: February 28th

Learn more

6th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities Events

Service Learning Institute and Research Academy

May 12 - 16, 2014, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
Application Deadline: March 3rd        


Sponsored by Indiana Campus Compact and the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning. 
Learn more

Engagement Academy for University Leaders
June 2-5, 2014, Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington, VA 

Application Deadline: April 1st


This unique executive development program is designed for leaders and teams responsible for developing institutional capacity for community engagement. Executives and teams will develop institutional plans for engagement and will return to their campuses with the ability to advance the institutions plan for engagement, as well as, effectively link community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution.

Learn more


Featured Opportunities


Simultaneous national campus screening of "Inequality for All"
February 20th at 5:00 pm EST


AASCU's American Democracy Project has been working with former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and his staff to organize a nationwide screening of his Sundance Award-winning film. Following the film, Robert Reich will be participating in an interactive webcast. This film is also endorsed by Campus Compact. Click here to view the trailer.

If your campuses are interested in organizing an event, they should contact Steph Bleyer (917-653-8499) to acquire the license, and she will guide you through the process. The only cost for a campus to participate is $250 to purchase the film and public performance rights. The film can then be shown on campus anytime in perpetuity. If a school library cannot afford this, individual professors can participate in the event in their classroom by renting or buying the consumer DVD through iTunes or Amazon; however, a campus-wide event legally requires the purchase of the educational license.  




Faculty Seminars on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

Nomination Deadline: February 7th


In partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) invites faculty of all disciplines to submit their nominations to attend. The seminars are generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation that will cover most of the costs of participation. 


Cambridge Seminar

June 15-19, 2014

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Chicago Seminar

August 3-7, 2014

DePaul University

Chicago, IL


Learn more


The Roosevelt Institute Summer Academy
Application Deadline: February 26th


Over the course of this nine week paid internship, Summer Academy Fellows are placed full-time with a partner organization, including city governments, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, and think tanks. Concurrently, Fellows participate in a rigorous curriculum composed of workshops, a team-based challenge, field visits, and a speaker series that develops key skills necessary to effectively engage with policy change. Based in New York City, Chicago, DC, and the Bay Area, the Summer Academy engages students in the frontlines of policy innovation and grassroots change.


Applicants must be a current student enrolled in an undergraduate or community college for September 2014 to apply. 

Learn more

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