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February 2014 
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2014 Civic Engagement Institute and Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Recap


February 4th and 5th NC Campus Compact sponsored the 2014 Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference. Together, the events drew over 400 faculty, campus administrators, and community representatives - including 15 college and university presidents and chancellors - to explore strategies that will improve connections between higher education institutions and local communities. Special thanks to Chancellor Gary Miller of UNC Wilmington and his team for hosting both events. At the Civic Engagement Institute participants explored ways to align higher education economic development and community engagement activities. During PACE faculty and staff attended sessions focused on research, model programs, and best practices that involve students in community-based learning.


Click below for complete highlights:

2014 Civic Engagement Institute
2014 PACE Conference 


NC Campus Compact also presented the 2014 civic engagement awards during PACE. Click on each link to learn more.

Robert L. Sigmon Award Service-Learning Award - Dr. Jim Cook, UNC Charlotte
Civic Engagement Professional of the Year

- Dr. Joseph Blosser, High Point University (Emerging Leader) 
Dr. Emily Janke, UNC Greensboro (Sustainer)

Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award - Chancellor Philip Dubois, UNC Charlotte


Both events return to Elon University in Elon, NC for 2015. The CEI is February 17th and PACE is February 18th.   




Update from Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute


The Franklin Project team thoroughly enjoyed meeting presidents and chancellors at the Presidents Forum to discuss the role of higher education in making national service (defined as 1+ years of full-time service) a common expectation opportunity. Since then, there have been several developments that the team is excited to share:Iowa's Governor launched the first in the nation Governor's Council on National Service; Tufts launched their 1+4 program; and additional universities, such has Tulane's 4+1 model, are close to launching. Should your university be interested in exploring getting more involved with the Franklin Project, please contact MacKenzie Moritz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships.


National Recognition for NC Service-Learning Coalition Co-Chair

Brenda Elliott, Executive Director of Student Services and Character Development for Guilford County Schools (Greensboro, N.C.), is the 2014 recipient of the G. Bernard Gill Urban Service-Learning Award given by the St. Paul-based nonprofit National Youth Leadership Council. Elliott will receive the award during the National Service-Learning Conference in Washington D.C. Elliott is the co-chair of the NC Service-Learning Coalition, of which NC Campus Compact is a partner and member.


Grants and Funding Opportunities

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


Healthy Active Communities (HAC) Healthy Eating Equipment Grant  

Deadline: March 24th 

In partnership with the
North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA), the BCBSNC Foundation's 2014 Healthy Eating Equipment Grant is designed to enhance or initiate opportunities for local park and recreation agencies to implement healthy eating changes through their programs and services. 
These equipment-only grants are one-time, one-year grants of up to $5,000 focusing on public parks and recreation projects that result in increased access to healthy foods.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.   

Learn more  



Captain Planet Foundation Ecotech Grants

Deadline: May 31st 


Sixteen grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations for projects that use innovation, nature-based design, or technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Ideal projects will integrate environmental education with opportunities for children to solve real-world problems using technology and best science practices. Projects may replicate successful models or create new and innovative approaches.
Learn more

Awards and Fellowships


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.


Generous U /Sillerman Prize
Deadline: March 3, 2014

This national contest seeks to increase philanthropy and philanthropic values on U.S. college campuses. Student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title. The competition is judged on YouTube videos and essays submitted by college and graduate students eligible to receive the prize through the university.


Youth Action Net Global Fellowship
Deadline: March 16th


Sponsored by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, the Laureate Global Fellowship recognizes young leaders, ages 18-29, who have pioneered solutions to urgent challenges in their communities and beyond.


Peace First Prize
Deadline: March 17th 

The Prize grants young people between the ages of 8-22 with a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship recognizing their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change.


Lend for America Fellowships
Deadline: March 30


The Lend for America fellowship program trains students who are seeking to start microfinance organizations ("Campus MFIs") at their college campuses. Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance in North Carolina, a full-time paid summer internship with an existing microfinance group at one of three locations (North Carolina, New Jersey, or Rhode Island), and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations on campus. Undergraduates and graduates of all majors are encouraged to apply.


World of Children Youth AwardŽ
Deadline: April 1

This award recognizes a young hero (under the age of 21) who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. World of Children Award will offer cash grants up to $25,000 to the proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2014 Honorees. 


Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Deadline: May 16th


This award recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College.


True Hero, Inc. Grants
June 30th

True Hero, Inc is non-profit organization rewarding students and schools for doing good work in their communities. A total of $15,000 will be given away to help fund these projects at the high school and collegiate levels.  

Publications and Resources

Gathering Data and Documenting Impact:  2010 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application Approaches and Outcomes


Co-authored by Jana Noel (California State University, Sacramento) and David P. Earwicker (California State University, Sacramento),  this new white paper explores the results of a mixed-methods, two-part study of institutions that received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2010. The study sought to discover how institutions that received the 2010 Classification approached their application process and to examine the longer term outcomes of that process.

A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-­Engaged Research Centers within Universities


This report from the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California explores the relationship between universities and the public through the recent development of progressive community-engaged research centers (PCERCs).


These centers are a relatively new forum through which community-engaged academic research is supported and conducted by universities. The progressive political orientation of PCERCs, including their work on policy change and community capacity building, sets them apart from more traditional research centers.

Creative ways to communicate service-learning success


On the Ohio Campus Compact website this month, they are featuring two member institutions that are using creative ways of presenting service-learning data and program impact.  

Psychology and Social Justice
Special Issue:Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (February, 2014 - Volume 34)

Guest Editors: Michael Arfken and Jeffery Yen


Topics include: "Social Justice and Psychology: What Is, and What Should Be," and "The Personal and Political Economy of Psychologists' Desires for Social Justice."

Calls for Proposals/Papers


Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education
Deadline: March 15th


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 11th



International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (Fall 2014 Issue)

Deadine: May 15th


National Civic Engagement Events

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

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

Registration Deadline: March 1st

Learn more

Spring 2014 Community Engagement Virtual Think Tank Webinar Series

Promoting Health Equity Through Community Engaged Scholarship

March 5, 2014


Farrah Jacquez, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2013 Lynton Award recipient will present strategies--based on a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) orientation--for engaging community organizations and stakeholders in health equity teaching and research. 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



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 executive development program is designed for leaders and teams responsible for developing institutional capacity for community engagement.
Learn more


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 at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
Deadline: April 11th

Learn more

Featured Opportunities



The North Carolina Student Power Union Organizer Positions
Deadline: February 24th


NC Student Power Union has seven paid, part time organizing positions to work through the remainder of the spring semester. They will help launch a new campaign and set the groundwork for major events occurring over the summer.


They are seeking  young people who have experience with youth organizing and familiarity with the work of NCSPU. We will be fielding several positions including:

    An Interim Organizing Director

    TwoField Organizers

    Four Lead Student Organizers 

Click on the links above for complete details. Interested applicants should send an updated resume and a cover letter to  . 

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


TurboVote Internship
Application Deadline: February 27th

A dynamic intern team will work to build support among student leaders, college administrators and faculty to bring TurboVote to their schools and ensure that our partners are prepared to successfully launch TurboVote this coming fall. This full-time position is located in Brooklyn, NY.The internship will take place over 10 weeks from June 2nd through August 8th.

The internship comes with a $3,000 stipend, glory, the chance to revolutionize democracy, stellar connections, and great recommendations. Students may also be eligible to receive college credit.

Learn more

DC Internships/Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS)
June 7 - August 1, 2014

*Campus Compact Applicants Receive Special Scholarship Consideration*
Deadline: March 18th



Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, IPVS is an eight-week academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. The Institute combines hands on professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth up to 9 credit hours from George Mason University.


With generous scholarship funding available and over 80% of IPVS students receiving a scholarship award, you still have the opportunity to be placed in an internship that puts you on the front-lines of our nation's recovery and renewal.  



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.



The NASPA Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Working Group
Monthly Call - February 25th (12:00 p.m. noon)

This group is a forum for professionals who work in service, service-learning, civic engagement, and related fields. It is meant to be a space for discussion about issues in service / civic engagement, opportunities for research, and collaboration. We invite any member of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to join this call. Please email co-chair Marianne Magjuka for the call-in information.


6th Annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies 
July 7-17, 2014, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Application Deadline: March 15th


This Institute is an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar that considers civic theories and civic practices as part of an effort to develop the new field of civic studies. The seminar will be followed by a public conference-"Frontiers of Democracy 2014" that will conclude on July 18 at 6 pm. Participants in the Institute are expected to stay for "Frontiers" as well.

Tuition for the Institute is free, but students are responsible for their own housing and transportation. A Tufts University dormitory room can be rented for about $230-$280/week. Credit is not automatically offered, but special arrangements for graduate credit may be possible.


To apply email your resume, an electronic copy of your graduate transcript (if applicable), and a cover email about your interests to Peter Levine.Learn more 


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