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CSNAP Student Conference
Inclusive Leadership Through Sustained Dialogue: A Skills Intensive
November 6-7, 2015, UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
Member registration opens September 1st!

To be a strong leader, students must be prepared to work effectively in diverse environments across all lines of social identity. The Sustained Dialogue Institute trains campus leaders by sharing skills and tools with change agents who seek to engage differences as strengths. In this 1-day, high-energy, interactive workshop, participants will learn to apply dialogue and inclusive leadership skills in order to transform community relationships, better understand sources of conflict, and catalyze informed community action.

Join us to learn new frameworks and concepts around cultural humility, deep listening, and moving from talk to action on your campus and in your community. 


This training is designed for your best and brightest student service leaders! Space is limited to 100 participants, including campus staff. Member campuses can register up to 3 student leaders and one staff member before October 2. 

On October 5, registration will be open to all member and non-member campus students and staff, first come, first serve.

Reserved Registration opens: Sept 1. 
General and non-member Registration begins: Oct. 5 
Registration closes: Oct. 16
Cost: $90/pp (member) | $100/pp (non-member)

Located in southeast North Carolina, UNCP is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation with a rich American Indian history. Its 6,200 students experience a rare combination of opportunities, cultures and ideas that can't be found anywhere else.

Don't miss our Friday event: "Living Your Legacy" - an introduction to American Indian culture with dinner, crafts, storytelling, and reflection on social justice. 5 - 10 PM. FREE for registered participants! 

CSNAP participants receive a special rate at Holiday Inn Express, Pembroke for Friday night.

Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed

National Campus Compact News
Urban and Regional Partnerships for Civic Learning and Student Success 

Mini-Grant Request Deadline: September 30, 2015
A consortium of four organizations - Campus Compact, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Education Commission of the States (ECS), and Generation Citizen - are launching an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum. 
Building on the State Civic Education Policy Framework developed by ECS and the Action Civics curriculum of Generation Citizen, this initiative will bring together teams representing cities or regions to develop a collaborative approach for civic learning across all levels of education. Teams will include representatives from colleges or universities, K-12 systems or schools, and other appropriate local entities, such as local governments, local philanthropies, and youth-serving organizations. The central purpose of the partnerships is to make experiential civic learning an expected part of students' learning throughout school and college.
To enable participation in the Summit by broad-based urban and regional teams, the consortium is making available small grants to cover participants' travel and lodging expenses to attend the summit. While the applicants for these grants will be institutions of higher education, funds will be used to cover the expenses of all participants, particularly those who cannot access institutional or organizational funds for this purpose.

Mini-grant applications must contain the following information:
  • Project Lead at applicant institution
  • Team members and rationales for participation
  • Motivation for participation
  • Letters of commitment from CEOs
Send submissions to

Campus Compact Research Fellow's Community Engagement Professionals Project 

Campus Compact welcomed a new corps of Research Fellows to develop a better understanding of the competencies and professional development practices of community engagement professionals this summer. Work of the Research Fellows, who are members of the Graduate Student Network of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, is being coordinated by Dr. Lina Dostilio, Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University.  They will share their findings early this fall.
Follow the Campus Compact Blog for updates.

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.
Rates increase $100 on October 1, 2015.

Keynote Speaker Announced
We are pleased to announce that Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and bestselling author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis will deliver the opening keynote address at Campus Compact's 30th Anniversary Conference.  

In his remarks, Putnam will discuss his new book, a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap and why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

Share Your Stories from 30 Years of Work Together 

Our anniversary is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the achievements of the last three decades, learn more about what needs to be done and what resources already exist to enable that work, and commit to the steps necessary to accelerate and deepen our efforts.

Share your stories, your photos, and your memories of the last three decades by submitting materials to with a description for use on the Campus Compact website, blog, and social media sites.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners 
Proposal deadline: September 1

The Fund provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to progressive grassroots groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that address social change issues, such as workers' rights, environmental justice, economic justice, non-traditional arts and media, etc. Grants support new or existing projects, as well as the general operating needs of small organizations with budgets of $150,000 or less. 

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. 

AAC&U Bringing Theory to Practice Well-Being Seminar Grants
Deadline: September 15

Seminar Grants (up to $1,000) provide support for campus-wide planning discussions (seminars) that give focused attention to a particular dimension of the well-being of those involved (students, faculty, or other leaders) in creating and maintaining an engaged culture for learning. Seminars should deepen participants' understanding of the institution's commitment to whole-person development and the learning-related policies and practices, both inside and outside the curriculum, that support such endeavors.
AAC&U Bringing Theory to Practice Well-Being Seminar Grants
Deadline: September 15

Seminar Grants (up to $1,000) provide support for campus-wide planning discussions (seminars) that give focused attention to a particular dimension of the well-being of those involved (students, faculty, or other leaders) in creating and maintaining an engaged culture for learning. Seminars should deepen participants' understanding of the institution's commitment to whole-person development and the learning-related policies and practices, both inside and outside the curriculum, that support such endeavors.
Deadline: October 15  

The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program offers general or project support to non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals should align with the Foundation's broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. They fund organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less. Grant awards are up to $20,000 for a one-year period.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Proposal deadline: November 1

CCHD's grant programs include the following: Community Development Grants support nonprofit organizations that nurture the participation of people living in poverty to change structures and policies that affect their lives. At least 50 percent of those benefiting from the applying organization's efforts must be people experiencing poverty. Economic Development Grants support Economic Development Institutions that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs or develop assets that will be owned by local communities. Grants range between $25,000 and $75,000. 

Proposal deadline: Rolling through December 31  

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organization serving residents within the service area of individual Walmart stores. Grants will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.
Calls for Proposals and Submissions
Deadline: August 31

This publication is an important opportunity for universities who have participated in CHI projects to share findings, outcomes, reports of initiatives, etc., that were undertaken on your campus as a result of your work on civic health. 

The eJournal is a peer-reviewed, multiple-disciplinary, open-access electronic journal published by Missouri State University in partnership with the American Democracy Project (ADP). This special issue is made possible through the collaboration of ADP and the National Conference on Citizenship.

Deadline: August 31

This publication is an important opportunity for universities who have participated in CHI projects to share findings, outcomes, reports of initiatives, etc., that were undertaken on your campus as a result of your work on civic health. 

The eJournal is a peer-reviewed, multiple-disciplinary, open-access electronic journal published by Missouri State University in partnership with the American Democracy Project (ADP). This special issue is made possible through the collaboration of ADP and the National Conference on Citizenship.

March 20, 2016,  Boston, MA (1-5pm)
Call for Proposals 
Deadline: September 1
Special Issue on "Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good"
Abstract Deadline: September 15
Public: A Journal of Imagining America
"Recognizing Knowledge in Arts and Design Practice"
Call for Submissions
Deadline: September 15
Community Campus Partnerships for Health 14th International Conference
"Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships"
May 11-14, 2016, New Orleans, LA
Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 15
Deadline: Ongoing
Awards & Contests
Video Nomination Deadline - September 1
This cash award, which will be presented during the 2016 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit at the University of Guelph, Canada, recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated leadership in areas related to food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty and who are committed to a life of service in one of these areas or a related discipline.  
This award is given annually  by Stop Hunger Now and the North Carolina State University Center for Student Leadership, and Ethics and Public Service. 
Deadline: November 9

Grinnell College is accepting nominations for this prize honoring individuals who demonstrate leadership in their fields, and creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in advancing positive social change.The College seeks a global and diverse pool of candidates. No affiliation with Grinnell College is required.  
Up to two Grinnell Prizes will be presented in 2016. Each prize carries an award of $100,000 - half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 12

This prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships across the United States that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, "a community" is defined as one of the following: town/village, city, county, tribe or tribal community, Native Hawaiian organization, or region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties).

Deadline: October 2

Each NC Campus Compact member campus can select one student who exhibits outstanding leadership and commitment to community engagement. Each campus determines its own process for selecting the Impact Award winner.
The John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award (NC Campus Compact)
Nomination Deadline - October 2
Statewide winner notified by October 12
This award recognizes one student in the network who demonstrates innovation in civic engagement, creating foundations that expand partnerships amongst communities, campuses, and individuals. The award is named in honor of John Barnhill, NC Campus Compact founding Executive Director.
  • Open to undergraduate students at member campus in their final year
  • Can be former winners of the Community Impact Student Award
Publications and Resources
9/11 Day of Service Launches New Website
2015 Survey of America's College Students (The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, May 2015)
A few highlights from the findings: 
  • 63 percent of U.S. college students say they would be interested in a program of two years of national service in exchange for grants or financial assistance to help pay for college.
  • 55 percent believe race relations in the United States are either fairly bad or very bad today, although this figure drops to 25 percent when it comes to race relations on campus. 
  • Sixty-seven percent say blacks and other minorities do not receive equal treatment with whites in the criminal justice system.
  • Eighty percent of students favor providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought to this country as children "if they meet certain requirements, such as going to college or joining the military, and not having a criminal record.
  • Eighty percent of students now say global warming is a very serious or somewhat serious problem, up from 71 percent in 2010. 
  • Sixty-five percent of students now believe it was "a good thing" that Congress passed the national Affordable Care Act - up from a low of 53 percent in April of last year. 
Dialogue resources from Everyday Democracy.
  1. Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation Discussion Guide
  2. Protecting Communities, Serving the Public Discussion Guide
  3. A Guide for Training Public Dialogue Facilitators
  4. Organizing Community-Wide Dialogue for Action and Change
These resources were recently shared in a blog post from the American Democracy Project. Releases New Video 3-Minute Summary of Research Informing Best Practices in International Service-Learning, Volunteering
The Fall 2015 volume of the International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership, and Social Justice is available. 
Interesting articles:
Although Millennials are most numerous, youth share is shrinking (Peter Levine blog post, August 27)

Civic Engagement and Our Responsibility in Higher Education (Rassoul Dastmozd, President, Saint Paul College, Huffington Post blog post, August 21) 

Baltimore Higher Ed Institutions Fight to Restore the City (Lekan Oguntoyinbo, article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 10)

Bridging Social Divides in College Towns (Glover and Stewart, article from the Scholars Strategy Network, June 2015) 


Featured Event

2015 NC Service-Learning Summit
"Impacting Our Communities" 
October 9, 2015
Guilford County Schools' Laughlin Professional Development Center, Summerfield, NC

This one-day conference is for K-16 educators, students, nonprofit partners, community groups, and service-learning rookies and experts. 

Call for Proposals: Workshops and Showcase Displays 
Deadline: September 11, 2015

All sessions are 50 minutes in length. Workshops are projected to average 30 - 50 attendees. NCSLC seeks proposal submissions from PreK-12, college/university, and community partners that demonstrate how service-learning is "impacting our communities." Workshops should address topics in the following tracks: Service-Learning in Action, Service-Learning Best Practices, and Service-Learning Advanced Practices. Fuller descriptions of each track are available above at the RFP site.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be assessed on content quality, creativity of delivery, audience participation, and incorporation of the Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. Proposals from young people active in service-learning are strongly encouraged. Presenters are able to apply for both a workshop and a showcase.

Showcase Display Proposals
Showcase displays may showcase a service-learning project, materials, products or resources. The Coalition will provide a table and two chairs for each display. Additional chairs, a table covering, and access to electricity may be requested. Presenters should provide their own display board, computer/technology equipment, and extension cord. Students may manage a display, however an adult must be present during showcase times if students are under 16.

Sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising opportunities are available here. 

 Become a Member of the NCSLC and get CONNECTED!

Benefits of Membership:
  • Member ListServ - information about grants, professional development, S-L projects, etc.
  • Reduced registration fees for Annual Summit and Regional Trainings
  • Opportunity to be spotlighted on NCSLC website
  • Regional and statewide network of service-learning professionals and students
  • Access to service-learning resource page exclusively for PreK-20 service-learning
  • Higher Education faculty discount to NC Campus Compact's Annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference
Two types of (free) membership, renewable annually:

Individual: A member of NCSLC is actively engaged in or wants to become more involved in service-learning. Members join the statewide organization and may serve on a council of regional affiliates within their area of the state (Coastal, Piedmont, and Mountains).

Institutional: An institutional member may be a collective group within a larger organization that supports the work of the Coalition. An institutional member typically establishes a liaison or liaisons to the Coalition.

Learn more about the NCSLC here
To register for membership, complete the form here.
National Civic Engagement Events
America's Journey For Justice March: Our lives, our votes, our jobs, and our schools matter

From August 29 to September 7, America's Journey for Justice, sponsored by the NAACP, will march through North Carolina and follow a 174 mile route along HWY 1. 
Ethics of "Helping Abroad" webinar (free)
September 2, 2015 at 1:00 ET

Earlier this year The New York Times featured a short documentary  in which a Kenyan Activist asked US Students, ""Why do you want to help us?", before going on to assert, "Help your own country." has asked the executive directors of several nonprofit, volunteer-sending, global development organizations to respond to that question in this online dialogue. 

Friday, September 11th (10-4pm PST) 

Oregon Campus Compact is hosting this 6-hour institute taught by Drs. Christine Cress of Portland State University and Stephanie Stokamer of Pacific University  

There is a discounted registration for all campus compact members as well as K12 staff and education nonprofits. Groups of 4 of more can register to participate together via live stream (Not recommended for individual viewing).

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

"Building Engaged Infrastructure"
October 15-17, Boulder, CO

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

September 22, 2015
Register by Sept. 1 to request free materials. 

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for a complete list of upcoming events.


"Change is the Path Life Takes"

This common quote from the Ken Scholes series "The Psalms of Isaak" (I am a science fiction enthusiast) really resonates with me the older I get. While some of the changes our country has experienced this past year have been disheartening and painful, I continue to draw inspiration from the thoughtful and impactful community engagement efforts of our member institutions. It is a gift to work at a job where you can hear daily about institutions and individuals - especially young people - striving to address many of these difficult issues from hunger to educational disparity. Please keep us informed of your great efforts and share ideas about how we can strengthen our support of your work.

To this end, we are launching a Food Access Learning Community and are looking for someone to lead the charge. We are especially interested in an emerging community engagement professional. If you are interested in helping facilitate this group, for a small stipend, please contact me. While I remain dismayed that hunger is such a challenge in our state (one in five kids under 18 faces hunger) I am grateful for the food pantries, community gardens, and food recovery programs that so many of you facilitate. We hope this effort will allow us to be your partner in sharing best practices and pursuing funding and resources.  

On a final "change" note, for years I was a hold-out on getting a cell phone. "Surely we don't want to live in a world where everyone can have 24/7 access to one another!" I declared. I obviously misread the tea leaves on that one. So, in the interest of being a bit more proactive this time around, I have waded into the Twittersphere.  I try to tweet daily about issues related to higher education, community partnerships, NC issues, and community engagement.  Please follow me at @garvin_leslie.

Have a great academic year!


Leslie Garvin
Executive Director