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Uniting campuses * Empowering students * Impacting communities
June 2015
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NC Campus Compact celebrates 50 years of VISTA!


The Corporation for National and Community Service North Carolina State Office, in partnership with VISTA programs and alumni, celebrate the VISTA program's 50th Anniversary on Saturday, June 20. Since 1965, VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) has created opportunities for thousands of individuals to build community programs that fight poverty. During the anniversary event, held at the LIFESPAN Creative Campus in Greensboro, included service projects, a meal, and keynote remarks by VISTA alumnus, former NC Poet Laureate, and Appalachian State writing professor Joseph Bathanti.


The NC Campus Compact VISTA program, started in 2003, has played a role in growing community engagement at many member campuses and partner organizations. Our program now has more than 200 alumni, many of whom have made careers serving others in the non-profit, higher education, and private sectors.  

NC Campus Compact News

Summer 2015 Network Meetings: SAVE THE DATE! 


August 4 @ Methodist College, Fayetteville

August 6 @ Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte

10 AM - 3 PM (attend the session that best fits your schedule)


Faculty and staff from member campuses are invited to our FREE summer network meetings!


Earlier this spring, nearly 50 faculty and staff participated in our Civic Engagement Administrators learning community and conference. We used Iowa Campus Compact's new Diving Deep framework to explore our own individual development as community engagement professionals. We considered how we might, as administrators and campus leaders, more effectively support student development, faculty engagement, and community partnership.


This summer, we will apply such critical reflection to our institutions. As we work toward the goal of becoming an engaged campus, what can we learn from institutions that have developed high quality practice in student development, faculty engagement, or community partnership? Our network meetings will feature campuses accomplished in each area and give all participants a chance to consider areas and strategies for improvement on their own campuses. 


At the summer network meetings, we will also preview our 2015-16 Events:


September 30, 2015Presidents Forum at Elon University 
November 6-7, 2015
CSNAP student conference at UNC Pembroke
January 5 & 7, 2015Winter Network Meetings (locations TBD)
February 9, 2016Civic Engagement Institute at High Point University
February 10, 2016PACE Conference & Presidents Forum at High Point University



Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed


WCU's Perry honored with American Democracy Project's Saltmarsh Award 


What students leave behind, others put to good use


National Campus Compact sets new course for network

National Campus Compact News

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New Website Unveiled


Last month national Campus Compact launched the new website!  


Call for Community-Based Syllabi for Updated Database 

syllabus database has been re-organized so that you can now search for syllabi using a variety of fields including type of instruction, institution type and more. The easily searchable database contains more than 400 syllabi of courses using service-learning and other community-engagement approaches. Check out the new Resource Library. 


They are actively seeking new syllabi, and a submission form will be up soon. In the meantime, please send syllabi directly to Maggie Grove.


Campus Compact Statement on Higher Education's Reponse to Events in Baltimore and Around the U.S.


Campus Compact is dedicated to the proposition that colleges and universities have a special role to play in creating and sustaining the conditions for a thriving democracy. For that reason, we are compelled to respond to events in Baltimore, related protests across the country, and their antecedent conditions by providing our view of how colleges and universities can take positive action. We offer this view with a recognition that our colleges and universities are not separated from the broader society. The lives of students, faculty, and staff are directly affected by these issues, both on and off campus. We recognize also that many colleges and universities have long histories of leadership in addressing crucial public issues. We hope to call attention to the lessons learned through those histories to inspire even greater commitment across higher education.     

Member Survey Now Available

Campus Compact has conducted an annual membership survey since 1986. Its purpose is

to assess the current state of campus-based community engagement and to identify emerging trends. It remains the most comprehensive and widely distributed review of service, service learning, and community engagement in higher education and provides the clearest reflection on the changes in institutional commitment to community-based teaching, learning, and research over time.


Read the findings of the 2014 survey  "Three Decades of Institutionalizing Change"along with reports summarizing affinity group results. 

Campus Compact President Delivers Commencement Address

Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn delivered the commencement address at Springfield College on May 17, 2015. 


In his remarks, Seligsohn encouraged the graduates to think about their roles as members of communities. He asked graduates to work to meet the immediate needs in their communities, and also to help people take their place as community members with an equal voice in shaping the direction of the community. Seligsohn challenged graduates to think about community involvement as not just service to others, but also as making common cause with fellow community members to bring about positive change.

Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners 

Corporation for National and Community Service

2015 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition

Deadline: July 16, 2015


The broad objectives of the competition are to:

  • Promote research on national service, civic engagement, and volunteering among researchers and practitioners
  • Broaden the evidence base for programs using national service and volunteering
  • Increase the availability of innovative research methods used to study to national service and volunteering

Successful applicants will receive awards of between $30,000 and $300,000 per year for 3 years.


This competition will support research projects in one of three priority areas: 

  • Economic benefits of national service, volunteering, and civic engagement
  • Innovative research methodologies applied to national service models 
  • Measuring and exploring relationships among civic engagement, national service, and volunteering.

The research competition will support both new and seasoned researchers. Students working on dissertations are invited to apply, as are new scholars breaking into the field and established scholars with deep experience.


Awards can be used for research design, data collection, analysis and reporting. In addition, CNCS expects applicants to identify ways to disseminate their results across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including policymakers, practitioners, other researchers, and the general public. 

2015 Truliant Community North Carolina Mini-Grants
Deadline: July 17 


Truliant Federal Credit Union offers $1,000 grants for operating, programming and capacity-building projects to qualifying non-profit organizations. Organizations must be tax-exempt as a 501(c)(3) organization, have been in existence for a minimum of three years, and provide services in the following counties: Alamance, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Randolph, NC. 


This year Truliant is focusing on four funding priorities: financial education, basic needs, arts and culture and youth development.  For more details visit their website

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust 

Heath Care Division Grants

Deadline: August 11


The Trust will accept applications in all four of the Health Care Division's Issue Areas: 1) Access to Primary Medical Care, 2) Behavioral Health, 3) Community-Centered Prevention, and Diabetes.


Proposals in these areas will be limited by the Tier Designation of the county served. They will accept applications based upon the 2015 Tier designation


To engage in an initial conversation about proposal ideas for the August cycle, all interested parties should contact their Interim Program Coordinator Yasmin Bendaas at 866-551-0690. Depending on fit with issues, interests and strategies, they may then schedule an appointment with you and your regional program officer. Please call as early as possible in the cycle to discuss whether or not your issue is a fit. If the Trust chooses to schedule an advance consultation with you, it must be scheduled well before July 31st! 

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. 

Calls for Proposals and Submissions

The Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum 
Submission deadline: July 3 


California Campus Compact (CACC) and Campus Compact of the Mountain West (CCMW) are collaborating with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) to re-design the Faculty Toolkit for Service Learning in Higher Education, originally published in 2007, to create the Engaged Faculty Institute Curriculum. The curriculum will include research-based content, resources, worksheets, reflections, and assessment tools for course design (or re-design), impact assessment, and sustainability. Organizers are looking for best practices and innovations to include as case studies and resources within the EFI curriculum. All submissions must come from CCPH or Campus Compact members and can be submitted via this brief survey


Read. Write. Act. Virtual Conference 2015 

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) at UNC Chapel Hill
Proposal Deadline: July 15

This virtual conference connects college students, community members, program administrators and non-profit professionals around issues of literacy and social justice.  


eJournal of Public Affairs special issue on Campus and Community Civic Health

Submission deadline: July 15


NCoC is partnering with the eJournal of Public Affairs and the American Democracy Project (ADP) to publish this special issue. The eJournal is a peer-reviewed, multiple-disciplinary, open-access electronic journal published by Missouri State University in partnership with ADP. Submissions for this special issue should focus on describing best practices or successful models that are supported by appropriate assessment or evaluation findings, or present quantitative and/or qualitative results of studies relevant to civic health and higher education.

Awards & Contests

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Awards

Deadline Extended to June 22


The Distinguished Career Recognition - acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through a body of work that has broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement-including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken.


The Early Career Recognition - acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on service-learning and community engagement - including the study of it, the practice of it, and the cultures and/or systems within which it is undertaken.


The Dissertation Recognition - acknowledges and celebrates a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact - including on the study of it, the practice of it, and/or the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken.


The Community-Engaged Research Team Recognition - acknowledges and celebrates the scholarly contributions of teams, in which community members are co-researchers with scholars in educational institutions, that both (a) demonstrate the potential for impact on service-learning and community engagement - including on the study of it, the practice of it, and/or the cultures and systems within which it is undertaken - and (b) model a high standard of reciprocity in the inquiry process and in the implementation of the partnership.


Graduate Student Scholarships ($500) - provided to support the participation of 10 graduate students the 2015 IARSLCE Conference in Boston, MA. Scholarship recipients fall into two categories: (a) early graduate students and (b) advanced graduate students. A total of ten scholarships will be awarded across the two categories. Within each category, at least one scholarship will be awarded to an international graduate student based outside the US.


Nominations should be submitted electronically to; self-nominations are welcome.  

UN Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change 
Deadline: August 17 


Young people, between the ages of 18 and 30, are invited to share what they are doing to combat climate change. Two winners will get a trip to the UN Climate Change Conference in the French capital in December (COP21), where they will join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) communications team as videographers and reporters. 


Visit this page to learn more about the competition or to submit a video.

Publications and Resources
Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum (now online!)


This evidence-based curriculum is intended as a tool for use by community-institutional partnerships that are using a CBPR approach to improve health. The curriculum hopes to foster critical thinking and action on issues impacting CBPR and community-institutional partnerships. 

StoryCorps App: Record and Share all the Stories that are all Around You!


Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York in 2003, to create a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their story. Hear his TedTalk where he lays out his vision to take StoryCorps global - and learn how you can be a part of it by interviewing someone with the free StoryCorps app.

The Pedagogy of Real Talk: Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting With Students at Risk (Paul Hernandez)


This new book is from Dr. Paul Hernandez who previously worked with Michigan Campus Compact to develop and promote "College Positive Volunteerism" (college students volunteering their time to reach at-risk kids to promote the idea of college  for all).  

Interesting articles:

Civic Engagement: Matching Students' Wants With Communities' Needs  (Gurasci, Huffington Post, May 19)


Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? (Kamenetz, NPRed, May 28)

Mississippi to open first early college program styled after schools in North Carolina (Skinner, Hechinger Report, May 31)

The Liberty Day Institute Volunteers Needed


The Liberty Day Institute is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating youth about the U.S. Constitution. They provide teaching materials and resources to 5th grade teachers and students to help introduce the Constitution, its creation, and our system of self-governance. The Institute encourages college students to contact nearby elementary schools to deliver short presentations on the Constitution using Liberty Day materials. For more information, call 866.718.3434, email Eric Boyd, or visit the website.

Summer of Service Opportunities (compiled from Youth Service America)


Great American Campout - June 27 


Cookout for No Kid Hungry (ongoing)


Mandela Day - July 18 


National Night Out - August 4


International Youth Day - August 12


September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

Featured Event: Campus Compact Anniversary Conference 

Accelerating Change: Engagement for Impact

Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference

March 21-23, 2016

Boston, MA





Join us for this special conference marking Campus Compact's thirtieth year as the nation's leading organization preparing college students for lives of engaged citizenship and enabling campus-community partnerships. For three days, administrators, faculty, and other higher education leaders will convene for a critical dialogue about past and present efforts to achieve our shared goals and how we can move higher education to more fully embrace its public purposes.


Register Now to Get the Lowest Rate!


Rates increase $100 on October 1, 2015.

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National Civic Engagement Events

National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE) Findings

Free webinar

June 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.


The Siena College Research Institute is hosting a webinar to discuss findings from the NASCE, a web-based survey of undergraduates that measures an institution's overall level of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service. To date, the NASCE survey has been completed by nearly 50,000 students from more than 70  institutions, making it one of the largest existing datasets focused specifically on community engagement in higher education.


Join NASCE co-creator and Director of the Siena College Research Institute, Dr. Don Levy, for this informational webinar about the survey instrument, methodology, and implications of the data.


To register for the webinar, please email Pete Cichetti.

Interfaith Youth Core's Interfaith Leadership Institute

August 7-9, 2015, Chicago, IL

2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference 

September 29 - 30, 2015, Penn State, State College, PA

2015 National Conference on Citizenship

"Civic Innovations in Action"
October 9, 2015, Washington, DC

2015 Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference

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

October 14-16, 2015, Newark, NJ

2016 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat:  Writing With, For and About Service- and Community-Engagement 
October 22 - October 23, 2015, Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, MI 

9th Annual TnCIS Conference on International Education

"High-Impact Practices: Study Abroad & Service Learning"

November 5 - 6, 2015, Memphis, TN

2015 Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement
November 14, 2015, University of Massachusetts, Boston

2015 IARSLCE Conference

"Revolutionary Scholarship: Innovation of Community Engagement Models"
November 16-18, 2015, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Interfaith Youth Core's Interfaith Leadership Institutes 

January 22-24, 2016, Atlanta, GA

                       Visit the
for a complete list of upcoming events.



According to a survey released earlier this year by Hart Research Associates:

  • 88% of employers think it is important for students to be able to complete a significant applied learning project (internship, coop, practicum, etc.) prior to graduation; 60% would like to see it as a graduation requirement
  • 94% said they were more likely to hire a student who had an internship or apprenticeship prior to graduation

The UNC Engagement report earlier this year found that there were 65,000 enrollments in experiential learning courses throughout the UNC system.