Friday Update * February 27, 2015

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Collective Impact Webinar Series 
As the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute, scheduled for February 17, 2015, was cancelled due to inclement weather, we are offering a 7-part webinar series on the topic of collective impact. 

All Institute registrants should have received an email earlier this week about this option.  You must complete the link provided in the email by Wednesday, March 4 at midnight in order to sign-up. The webinar series will begin on March 10th. 

If additional slots are remaining, we will open the sessions up to the entire network for a fee.  
"The Changing World of Work: What Should We Ask of Higher Education" Deliberative Dialogue 

March 26, 2015 (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) at Elon University


North Carolina Campus Compact is pleased to welcome  Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Philosophy, Augsburg College, to facilitate a dialogue exploring this question. Participants will learn how to facilitate the dialogue and then commit to facilitating a session in their local community.


Each NC Campus Compact member institution can send two representatives to this free event. RSVP by March 13, 2015 at Lunch provided.

Given momentous changes in the economy and the workplace, what should we expect of American higher education? This dialogue presents three options for deliberation regarding the role of higher education today. 


#1 Prepare Students for the Job Market

#2 Educate for Leadership and Change

#3 Build Strong Communities

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 the National Issues Forums Institute launched this national conversation on The Changing World of Work at the National Press Club.Click here to view the recording of that event. North Carolina is the 
first state Compact to facilitate the dialogue.

Civic Engagement Adminstrators Conference
After a brief hiatus, NC Campus Compact is hosting a CEAC on May 28, 2015 at Bennett College in Greensboro. We are disseminating more details and registration information next week. 
PACE Conference Highlights  


On February 18, 2015 NC Campus Compact welcomed 170 faculty, staff, and administrators from 28 institutions in six states to the 2015 PACE Conference. Highlights include:

  • A morning from Dr. Rick Battistoni (Providence College) and afternoon keynote from Dr. Byron White (Cleveland State University) 
  • 29 workshops facilitated by faculty, staff, and community partners focused on pedagogy, capacity-building/institutionalization, and research & theory 
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health facilitated a four-session workshop track.
  • Four individuals received awards for their outstanding engagement efforts.
Emerging Leader: Dr. Lane Perry, Western Carolina University
Sustainer: Dena Shonts, Central Piedmont Community College (to be presented at the 2015 Civic Engagement Administrators Conference in May)


Click here for complete highlights, including photos. 

Thanks to Elon University for hosting and to our sponsor The Community Engagement Collaboratory.  The 2016 PACE Conference is on February 10 at High Point University. 


Recruitment for the 2015-16 VISTA Cohort Coming Soon!


NC Campus Compact will begin recruiting candidates for our AmeriCorps VISTA program in early VISTA March. Successful candidates will begin one year of VISTA service in early August 2015.


Our program places VISTA members at community and campus host sites to create or expand programs that leverage higher education resources to assist low-income communities. While the specific nature and objectives of projects vary depending on the host site, each VISTA placement will help address local needs in one of three ways:

  • improving education for low-income K-12 students
  • creating economic opportunity (especially job training or financial literacy) for low-income adults, OR
  • advancing food security/healthy eating in low-income communities.

A year of VISTA service is a great way for young people to gain experience in non-profit and higher ed community engagement and to develop skills in program and volunteer management, event planning, community organizing, and partnership building. The best candidates have background and prior leadership in community service and a passion for reducing poverty.


To learn more about our VISTA program and the application process, visit our FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs. To read stories of VISTA impact, visit our VISTA VIEW Blog. Candidates who wish to receive notification when our VISTA application goes live should email VISTA Leader Perdita Das.

Relevant Links

Civic Engagement Jobs

National Civic Engagement Calendar

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement 

NC Campus Compact VISTA blog 

National Campus Compact Opportunities

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Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award 

Nominations deadline: March 5


Campus Compact's Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes community-involved student leaders. Nominated by their President/Chancellor, Newman Civic Fellows Awards are intended to honor the leadership legacy of Frank Newman by prioritizing recognition for student leaders who:

  1. Go beyond direct service to seek long-term solutions for social issues.
  2. Inspire and engage others. 
  3. Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective and long-term civic engagement.

For schools with both undergraduate as well as graduate programs, presidents are encouraged to recommend the most deserving student. If  a student happens to be a sophomore or junior, that is preferred. If the best candidate is a graduate student, then by all means please recommend that student.


Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award
Nominations Open: March 9
Nominations Close: May 22 


This award recognizes one faculty member each year 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 educations's contributions to the public good. 


More information about the nomination process will be sent out soon including a link to submit nominations. 


Save the Date


Campus Compact Celebrates 30 Years
of Educating Citizens and Building Communities


March 21-23, 2016


30th Anniversary Conference

A special conference exploring the past, present, and future work of the Campus Compact network; our member colleges and universities; and the many organizations, programs, and projects contributing to engagement in higher education.


Sheraton Boston Hotel

Boston, MA 


Additional Information to Follow.


Coming this April: The Connect2Complete Resource Guide

The C2C Resource Guide provides colleges with the tools and resources needed to integrate the C2C strategy of service-learning and peer advocacy into developmental education and college success courses. Community engagement professionals, faculty, student leaders, administrators and presidents will find this guide useful. While the model was piloted with community colleges, it has garnered interest from four-year colleges and is certainly replicable beyond the community college setting.


To learn more about the Guide and to sign-up to receive a free copy when it becomes available, click here.

General Engagement Events and News 

The State of Low Wage Work in NC

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:00-1:30 pm
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

UNC-Chapel Hill


Low wage jobs, already an important part of the state economy, are growing in number.  What are low wage jobs and who holds them?  What are the consequences of the rise in low wage work? 


Panelists are:
Carol Brooke, NC Justice Center
Patrick Conway, UNC-CH Economics
Arne Kalleberg, UNC-CH Sociology
T. William Lester, UNC-CH City and Regional Planning
Raquel Lynch, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Charlotte


Time will be left for audience Q&A.  This event is free and open to the public.  



DukeEngage's 3rd International Service Learning Summit (ISL)
"Global Community Partnerships"
March 4-6, 2015, Durham Convention Center, in Durham, NC 

The goal of the of this year's summit is to bring together those involved in global, community-based, experiential or service-learning programs to discuss effective models and strategies for outreach and to create a community of practice designed to sustain collaboration after the meeting ends. Therefore, the Summit agenda will foster an environment that encourages active learning through select speakers, guided discussion, case studies, and interest groups with a focus on stakeholder inclusion and voice.  


SL's Global Community Partnership Summit is sponsored by DukeEngage at Duke University, the Roberta Buffet Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University and Washington University. 


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

March 11-13, Little Rock, AR


Join us for an outstanding program, including:

  • Pre-conference workshops on "Service-Learning Administration 101"; "Exploring Engaged Scholarship"; "Aligning Undergraduate Research and Service"; and a tour of Little Rock community sites;
  • Keynote presentations from Minnijean Brown-Trickey (one of the Little Rock Nine); Tania Mitchell, Mary Alice Morgan and Hannah Vann;
  • Awards recognizing outstanding faculty, student, and community partners for service-learning;
  • A full complement of great sessions ranging from research on service-learning, to program descriptions of innovative work, domestic to international

The program lineup, with interactive workshops, posters, plenary sessions, awards presentations, round-table discussions, and more, is now online-check it out on the website!


It's still possible to register, if you haven't already done so.  


Food Waste & Hunger Summit 
April 18-19, 2015, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Co-hosted by The Campus Kitchens Project and Food Recovery Network, the Summit convenes leaders who are pioneering solutions to the interrelated problems of food insecurity and food waste. It's a forum to learn from experts in the fields of social justice, social enterprise, public health, non-profit management and related fields, and an opportunity to share best practices.



7th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities Events
Service Learning Institute - May 10-15, 2015
Research Academy - May 13-15, 2015 

Registration Deadline: April 6


These events, hosted by Indiana Campus Compact and the IUPUI Center for Service & Learning, create a conducive space for thinking and advancing your course/project while also building a strong network of colleagues. 



24th Annual International Conference hosted by The Community College National Center for Community Engagement

"Authentic Leadership through Service Learning and Civic Engagement"
May 19 - Thursday May 21, 2015, DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

Registration Deadline: April 22



7th Annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies 
June 15-25, 2015, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Application Deadline: March 15

This Institute is an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners from many countries and diverse fields of study. Organized by Peter Levine of Tufts University's Tisch College and Karol Soltan of the University of Maryland, the Summer Institute will engage participants in challenging discussions of such topics as:

  • What kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?
  • What should such citizens know, believe, and do?
  • What practices and institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship
  • What ought to be the relationships among empirical evidence, ethics, and strategy?

You can read more about the motivation for the Institute in the Framing Statement by Harry Boyte, University of Minnesota; Stephen Elkin, University of Maryland; Peter Levine, Tufts; Jane Mansbridge, Harvard; Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University; Karol Soltan, University of Maryland; and Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania.


Tuition for the Institute is free, but students are responsible for their own housing and transportation. 


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


The seminar will be followed by the  "Frontiers of Democracy 2015" Conference June 25-June 27, 2015. Participants in the institute are expected to stay for the public conference. 

Recent Publications
  •  "Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching" (Winter issue of Diversity & Democracy published in partnership between AAC&U and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life)

  • "Civic Education and Deeper Learning" (Report written by CIRCLE Director Peter Levine and Deputy Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. released by Jobs for the Future)
  • Calls for Proposals/Submissions

    2015 Assessment Institute

    October 25 - 27, 2015, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN  
    Deadline: March 15


    The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) 2015 Conference

    November 16 - 18, 2015, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

    Deadline: March 27


    5th Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference
    "Moving Us Forward: At the Intersection of Community Engagement and Collective Impact"
    October 14-16, 2015,
     Newark, New Jersey
    Deadline: April 7


    Society for Values in Higher Education
    91st annual meeting

    "Working Together? Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education"
    July 22-25, 2015, Western Kentucky University

    Deadline: April 15

    Opportunites for Engaged Students

    ImpactU: Queen City Forward

    Application Deadline:  March 16


    ImpactU is a 10-week summer experience (June 1 - August 14, 2015), in Charlotte, NC, specifically designed for undergraduate entrepreneurs with promising business ideas. Up to 10 finalists will be selected. 


    Summer 2015 Philanthropy & Voluntary Service program 

    Final application deadline: March 17

    This comprehensive program includes academic credit, a guaranteed internship placement and fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, DC.


    YouthActionNet's 2015 Laureate Global Fellowship 

    Deadline: March 25  

    Sponsored by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, the Laureate Global Fellowship annually recognizes 20 young leaders - ages 18-29 - from around the world who have pioneered solutions to urgent challenges in their communities and beyond. Fellows develop leadership expertise and deepen their impact through a dynamic, yearlong learning experience, and join a network of over 1,000 change-makers like them who continue to benefit from learning opportunities and connections throughout their social change careers.


    Democracy Works/ TurboVote Summer Fellowship - 2015

    Democracy Works, which created TurboVote to track an individual voter's elections, 
    is looking for a team of student leaders to join the organization this summer. All fellows will work together to conduct outreach to new potential partners and help support the work of existing college and universities partners using TurboVote. Since this is a startup, our fellows were lot of hats. Special projects will also be available for fellows with specific skills. 

    These are full-time PAID positions located in Brooklyn. The fellowship program runs from early June to mid-August. We will begin reviewing applications in the middle of March.
    Prospective candidates should send resume and two references to Adrienne Lever at
     with the subject line "Will intern for democracy" to begin the application process.

    World of Children Youth Award 

    Deadline: April 1  

    The Youth Award recognizes a young hero (under the age of 21) who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. Awards will be presented at an annual ceremony held in New York City on November 5, 2015. At that time, World of Children Award will offer grants of at least $25,000 to the proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2015 Honorees.
    Grants and Contests - 
    For institutions and community partners 
    Applications deadline: March 6

    The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National & Community Service announced the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge on January 15th. The effort challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service year opportunities connected to academic credit for their students. All post-secondary education institutions are welcome to apply and compete for $100,000 in prizes.

    The top three finalists in each category (public universities, private universities and community colleges) will receive a stipend to travel to the Aspen Institute's headquarters in Washington, DC, on April 15th to pitch their ideas in-person to a distinguished panel of judges, higher education and national service experts and potential donors. 

    Generous support from the Lumina Foundation has made the prize possible. 

    Deadline for letters of inquiry: April 30

    This program provides grants, ranging from $500 to $20,000, to nonprofit organizations and Presbyterian congregations addressing hunger and its causes in the United States. Grants are provided in the following five categories: 

    1. Development Assistance grants focus on creating a multi-faceted approach to the empowerment of poor people. 
    2. Public Policy Advocacy grants encourage activities that advocate for political and economic policy changes that provide food for the poor.
    3. Lifestyle Integrity grants target programs that help the church to move toward sustainable lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the Earth's limited resources. 
    4. Education and Interpretation grants promote activities to educate the church and the public at large about the root causes of hunger. 
    5. Direct Food Relief grants support programs that provide food to poor people in either acute or chronic conditions of hunger, with a focus on long-range solutions.


    Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College, 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.


    The Lynton Award emphasizes community-engaged scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member's expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE and CED conceptualize scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.


    The Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants Program

    Proposal deadline: September 1


    of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services and provide support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals will be considered for repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing or community facilities; engaging veterans as volunteers to help other veterans in their community through service projects focusing on the renovation, repair, and improvement of homes and other properties serving veterans; and planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans. 


    Deadline: Rolling  


    KaBOOM! offers grant opportunities to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects.

    Final Reflection
    "Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming." -Alice Walker