Friday Update * April 10, 2015

  Thank you for all you do to serve North Carolina.  
Happy National Volunteer Week!


Community Engagement Administrators Conference and Learning Community 

May 18-28, 2015

Registration deadline: May 14 


Join a learning community of civic and community engagement administrators and staff for 10 days in May to examine the past, present, and future of our work. The 2015 CEAC Learning Community will both explore and walk the talk of reciprocal, reflective, democratic engagement -- co-creating new understandings of and enhancements to our day-to-day work while also contributing our unique voices to a national project on the future of service-learning and community engagement. Leslie Garvin, Sarah Stanlick, and Patti Clayton will facilitate.


Online Learning Community


Starting on May 18, we'll do a bit of common reading; gather perspectives from our community, student, and faculty colleagues; and post key ideas we want to share and inquire into together on an interactive online platform. 


May 28, 2015
Bennett College, Greensboro, NC  

On May 28, we'll spend a highly interactive day reflecting critically on our practice in the context of some of the central questions that have, do, and will shape community engagement. And finally, we will organize our thinking as a learning community of practitioner-scholars, co-generating and disseminating products that will add knowledge, inform practice, and pose questions to call the field forward. 


Whether you are new to your role or an established leader on your campus ... working on your own or as part of an institution-wide conversation ... focused primarily on work with students, with faculty, or with community members ... we hope you will help us build a forum to collaboratively examine possibilities for deepening, expanding, and integrating community engagement in each of our own contexts and beyond.  

The cost is $50 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Enter your name in the drawing to win a free registration!

Call for Submissions:  Partnerships Journal

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact's peer-reviewed, online journal hosted by UNCG is now accepting submissions for the 2016 spring/summer issue. 


Manuscripts will be sent out for peer review upon receipt, pending the editor's initial review. Our multi-disciplinary, open access periodical provides scholars a forum for publishing research surrounding campus-community partnerships and collaborations in service-learning and community engagement projects. Research articles reflect diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives. Essays that contribute new knowledge, address current issues, or highlight unique perspectives, anchored in a literature base, are also accepted for publication consideration. All work submitted to Partnerships should be original material not under review elsewhere, with a recommended length of 8-13 single spaced pages excluding abstract and references. 


More information about the journal and submission guidelines here.

Read the recent special edition devoted to a critical examination of teaching democratic thinking. Volume 6 Number 1 (2015) here.


Thanks to NobleHour for sponsoring Partnerships.   

Still Recruiting for the 2015-16 VISTA Cohort
(please share with your graduating seniors!) 


We are currently recruiting VISTA members for the 2015-16 program year.  VISTA 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 begin the application process, visit our FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs. To read stories of VISTA impact, visit our VISTA VIEW Blog. Applicants my contact VISTA Leader Perdita Das with questions.

Presidents Honor Roll Application TA Calls

The 2015 Honor Roll application deadline is Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET. The reported community service should be from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.  Application technical assistance conference call dates are now published here and are listed below.


A technical assistance webinar and conference calls are planned to assist you in filling out the application (registration is not required, simply log in or call in):


Webinar - Tuesday, April 14 at 2:00pm ET

Access the webinar here and use the following information below:

*  Webinar Meeting Number: 643-351-071

*  Webinar Meeting Password: Welcome1

*  Call-In Information: Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806 | Participant passcode: 5848815 


Conference Call 1 - Thursday April 23, 2015 at 2:00pm ET

*  Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806 | Participant passcode: 5848815

Conference Call 2 - Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 2:00pm ET

*  Toll free dial-in: 888-677-5806  | Participant passcode: 5848815      

UNC Charlotte to Host  1st Annual Engaged Scholarship and Partnership Symposium
April 23-24

The Engaged Scholarship and Community Partnership Symposium  will bring together UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, students, and community partners to discuss community engagement practices.  The symposium is designed to facilitate creative collaboration across disciplines, divisions, and fields; to outline best practices and address challenges; and strengthen partnerships.  The symposium is generously sponsored by the Charlotte Research Institute, as well as the UNC Charlotte Campus Compact and Civic Engagement Interest Group, the Center for Applied Ethics, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Registration is free.

Community engagement refers to research, creative activities, teaching, and service activities that are collaboratively undertaken by UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and/ or students in partnership with community members. Engaged activities are defined by reciprocal relationships between university and community partners in which all participants recognize and value the knowledge, perspective, and resources that partners contribute to the collaboration. The "community" in community engagement is broadly defined to include individuals, groups, and organizations external to campus that use collaborative processes for the purpose of contributing to the public good. 


For more information, visit the website or contact Tamara JohnsonSusan Harden, or Kim Buch

Relevant Links

Civic Engagement Jobs

National Civic Engagement Calendar

Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement 

NC Campus Compact VISTA blog 

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Three NC Students Named Newman Fellows 


The national Campus Compact network has recognized three North Carolina students as 2015 Newman Civic Fellows: UNC Charlotte's Sarah Whitmire, Elon University's Nicole Molinaro, and UNC Asheville's Runda Alamour. These students are among the 201 Newman Fellows from 36 states and the District of Columbia to be honored for making an investment in their communities through service, research, and advocacy.

Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college or university presidents whose institutions are part of the Campus Compact network.  

Learn more


Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development 


Iowa Campus Compact has released this new collaborative publication which is the result of the work of more than 20 authors and contributors from the field of higher education community engagement. 

In Summer 2013, Campus Compact, in collaboration with Iowa Campus Compact, brought together advanced practitioners for an institute focused on professional and personal development in Des Moines, Iowa. Out of that experience, a group of practitioner-scholars committed to developing this resource to help guide professional development, career advancement, and unit guidance in the higher education civic and community engagement field.  Through a collective process, they developed the framework of competencies for community engagement professionals outlined in the book.

The purpose of the book is to support strategic professional development and it should be used to help community engagement professionals to reflect on their own practice and growth.  This reflective practice should be connected to wider discussions of how campuses can continue to institutionalize civic and community engagement, and the book provides concrete ways for community engagement professionals to link personal vocation to systemic change.

Learn more and purchase your copy today!


Service-Learning and Student Development: A Three-Phased Model for Course Design

By Carrie Williams Howe (Vermont Campus Compact Executive Director), with Kimberly Coleman (formerly UVM), Kelly Hamshaw (UVM), and Katherine Westdijk (UVM)

Published in The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, this model uses student and adult development theory to inform the development of individual service-learning course as well sequential curricula.  Based on experiences at the University of Vermont as well as work with other campuses, the model was developed in order to provide a practical and useful tool to faculty and staff wanting to improve the impact of their engaged courses.   

Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Nominations deadline: 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. 


Learn more

Scholar-in-Residence Sandra Enos


Campus Compact is delighted to welcome Dr. Sandra Enos, Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University, as a Scholar-in-Residence this spring. Dr. Enos will support Campus Compact by examining and maximizing the connection between the work of our member campuses and existing trends in the field. Dr. Enos will examine the

connections and disjunctures between community-based learning and social entrepreneurship by tracing the history and development of these fields, documenting how programs are organized on campuses, assessing the limitations and challenges of institutionalizing both community-based learning and social entrepreneurship in the academy, and proposing a way forward for integrating these philosophies and practices in civic skill development. We look forward to sharing her work with members through Compact place-based and virtual offerings. 


Learn more about Dr. Enos here. 


Introducing the "Public Purpose" Blog


Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn recently began blogging at where he's written on topics such as college and university rankingsfostering student success across the education continuum, and building student skills to make local change. We encourage you to visit often and follow him on Twitter @CompactPrez.


Save the Date


March 21-23, 2016


30th Anniversary Conference

"Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact"

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  

Connect2Complete Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education 

In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded funds to Campus Compact to develop and manage the C2C pilot project with nine community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Washington and their related Compact state affiliates. Over the course of the pilot (January 2012-May 2014), the nine colleges engaged more than 6,500 low-income, underprepared students. The C2C pilot program provided the colleges with an opportunity to test and fine-tune various approaches to C2C implementation.

Campus Compact partnered with researchers at the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University to evaluate the C2C program. Data from the evaluation demonstrates that C2C is a promising model. C2C students benefited from the program in a variety of ways; most notably, when colleges implemented the model with fidelity, retention among C2C participants was higher than among a comparison group of developmental education students not in the program. After six semesters, the persistence rate among C2C students was six percentage points higher than among the non-C2C comparison groups-a significant increase.

On April 9, C2C was highlighted in an article in the Chronicle in Higher of Education. You can find it here. If you don't have a subscription, download the .pdf here.


C2C Resource Guide 


This 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, click here.

General Engagement Events and News 

Volunteer Match 2015 Insights Webinar Series

"Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact"
April 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.


Volunteer Match has announced the topis for their 2015 volunteer management webinar seires.  All sessions are free. Click here for the complete webinar list. 



April 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm 


Sponsored by Nonprofit VOTE, participants will learn about IRS guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations on staying nonpartisan when engaging your clients, staff, and constituents around voting and elections. The webinar will explain what is prohibited partisan campaign activity and the many activities nonprofits can do on a nonpartisan basis-including voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote, candidate forums, and more.





Break Away National Conference Call 

Leaving a Legacy: Strategic Planning and Leadership Transition for Alternative Breaks

April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. 


The call will focus on strategic planning and leadership transitions for the upcoming year. You'll hear from Break Away first, with an overview of strategic planning processes and tips for alternative break programs, including: SWOT, strategic directives, goal setting, and organizational structure development. And then two alternative break programs will talk through how they're currently navigating transitions in leadership and structure this coming year. 


Whether your program in the midst of a current strategic plan, or just looking to get started on one, you won't want to miss this conversation. It's shaping up to be one of the best this year.


Featuring spotlights from:

  • Jill Piacitelli | Co-Executive Director, Break Away
  • Mary Higgins, Maggie Frodell, and Abby Williams | Alternative School Break, Lafayette College
  • Elizabeth Esparza | Director of Alternative Breaks for JUMP, Sonoma State University 

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone on your campus who works with alternative breaks and may benefit from participating in the call. Please RSVP to  This call is open to all staff and student leaders, regardless of Chapter membership with Break Away. 



"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




"The Global is Local: Civic Engagement across Cultures, Communities, and Nations"

June 9-10, 2015, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Early-bird registration deadline: April 30

Recent Publications
  • Getting Millennials Engaged in Civic Life (Education Week commentary) 

  •  North Carolina's Greatest Challenge - Widespread Struggles Remain a Grave Threat to Economic Growth and Us All (NC Budget and Tax Center report) 

  • Impact of Higher Education in North Carolina Totaled $63.5 Billion in 2012-13 (NC Community Colleges newsfeed)

  •  Completing college, a state-level view (National Student Clearinghouse article)

    In six states (Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, and North Carolina), delayed entry students had a higher completion rate than traditional-age students.

  • Calls for Proposals/Submissions

    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 


    Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference

    "Moving Us Forward: At the Intersection of Community Engagement and Collective Impact"

    October 14-16, 2015, Newark. NJ  

    Deadline: April 15


    The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) Read. Write. Act.
    Virtual Conference

    "Marching Toward Tomorrow: Race, Class, Privilege, and Power in Education"

    November 13-14, 2015

    Deadline: May 29 


    2nd Global Conference on  Contemporary Issues in Education

    The University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL

    August 27-28, 2015

    Deadline: July 12

    Featured Call: Book Chapter Proposals
    Deadine today!

    Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship

    Proposal Deadline: April 10, 2015


    In the Wingspread Declaration on Renewing the Civic Mission of the American Research University (Boyte & Hollander, 1999), scholars called for American research universities to renew their missions as the agents of democracy and reshape their cultures to better engage students in the work of citizenship. In our edited volume, authors respond to this call by highlighting the ways in which public research universities are undertaking this important work by developing undergraduates' civic and democratic capacities.


    In this volume, authors may address 1) strategies to develop undergraduates' sense of civic responsibility, engagement in social change, and abilities to work with others across differences; 2) factors predicting undergraduates' civic and political behaviors; or, 3) outcomes associated with students' civic and community involvement. We seek chapters that incorporate a variety of data sources to achieve these outcomes.


    The editors of this volume are Dr. Krista M. Soria and Dr. Tania D. Mitchell (University of Minnesota). The text will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. Chapters should be no more than 6,000 words and full chapters are due July 30, 2015.


    Please submit chapter proposals to Krista Soria and include the following information:

    1. Overview of chapter: Include the proposed title, sources of data, and any other relevant information to set the context.  
    2. Preliminary outline: Include an outline of the proposed chapter.
    3. References: Provide selected references that you may include in the chapter.  
    4. Biography: Provide a short biography for the author(s).
    Grants and Contests - 
    For institutions and community partners 

    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, 2) Public Policy Advocacy, 3) Lifestyle Integrity, 4) Education and Interpretation, and 5) Direct Food Relief. 


    Deadline: May 7


    The Ford College Community Challenge is designed to work with colleges to catalyze student-led community-building projects that address pressing local needs. This year's overarching theme is "Building Sustainable Communities."


    Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need and propose a solution that will help build a sustainable community. Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals and the winning schools or student organizations will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas.


    Application deadline: May 15


    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.


    Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation: Community Partners Grants
    Application deadline: May 29 (spring)/August 28 (fall)


    The Foundation's Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. 


    The Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants Program

    Proposal deadline: September 1

    Grants 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. 
    YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

    The folks at the YMCA have asked us to share this information with our network.  They want to make it known that they are available to host service projects and alternative breaks at their 1,200 acre conference and retreat center in Black Mountain. See the announcement below.



    The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is taking an expanded role as a leader and community partner in providing service learning opportunities for groups. Civic engagement has long been a core value of ours. We are pleased to now offer the opportunity for groups to learn, dialogue and do hands-on service in areas such as homelessness, transitional housing, crisis intervention, food insecurity, environmental stewardship, as well as engaging the local culture. We provide a turn- key experience:

    • Lodging at our beautiful mountain campus in Black Mountain, NC (10 miles east of Asheville)
    • Buffett style meals available or cook your own meals
    • Coordinated service projects and reflection
    • Challenge courses and guided team building available
    • Based on availability, contact Joe Donovan at 828.210.2158 to inquire.
    Final Reflection

    "I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy. "

     - Kahlil Gibran