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Uniting campuses * Empowering students * Impacting communities
September 2015
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NC Campus Compact News
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
CSNAP Student Conference 
Inclusive Leadership Through Sustained Dialogue: A Skills Intensive
November 6-7, 2015, UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC

Only 100 slots available! Register your student service leaders by Oct. 2!

This year's CSNAP Student Conference features a day-long training by the Sustained Dialogue Institute. SDI trains campus leaders by sharing skills and tools with change agents who seek to engage differences as strengths. In this 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 1 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, so register your students soon to claim your spot.

Member Campus Registration OPEN NOW!
General and non-member Registration begins: Oct. 5 
Registration closes: Oct. 16
Cost: $90/pp (member) | $100/pp (non-member)

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.

PACE Conference Call for Proposals

Our annual PACE Conference will be held February 10, 2016 at High Point University. Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to submit workshop proposals for this day-long event. PACE seeks to inform and advance the research and practice of community engagement by sharing research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, effective curricular and co-curricular models, and best practices. 
In addition to a slate of high-quality workshops and presentations, #PACE2016 will also mark a significant reflective moment for service-learning and community engagement. Thirty years ago Campus Compact was formed. Twenty years ago, in 1995, Edward Zlotkowski published the article "Does Service-Learning Have a Future?" -- which strongly influenced the development of service-learning as an academic endeavor. To mark that anniversary, Dr. Zlotkowski, along with Drs. Patti Clayton and Sarah Stanlick, will lead PACE participants in considering ideas and questions that are emerging from all across the community engagement world at this -- possibly threshold -- moment in our shared work.
The CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now available online. Deadline to submit is November 9, 2015. All workshop proposals are considered by our committee of faculty members from across the network. 
PACE Conference Timeline:
Call for Proposals: NOW OPEN!
Conference registration opens: October 19
Proposal deadline: November 9
Presenters notified: December 7
Presenters confirm by: December 18
Registration deadline: January 15, 2016
PACE Conference: February 10, 2016
Recent Stories on the NC Campus Compact Newsfeed

Jobs in the Network

Partner Opportunity -  Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Seeks Editor of 
Application deadline  - November 9 

CES4Health is a peer-reviewed online repository of products of community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles. It should be noted that "health" in CES4Health is construed very broadly and individuals from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, traditionally health related and not, are appropriate for this position.
National Campus Compact News
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 15, 2015.

Civic Learning Partnership Initiative 
Deadline: September 30 

A consortium of four organizations - Campus Compact, CUMU, ECS, and Generation Citizen - are launching an initiative to advance civic learning and student success across the education continuum. The initiative is grounded in the understanding that civic learning is both intrinsically important and a powerful way to deepen students' engagement in their worn education, thereby promoting their overall success. The initiative is a team-based approach designed to support local education partnerships through an Action Summit and complementary learning communities. Mini Grant Opportunities Available. 

2015/16 Engaged Campus Webinar Series
sponsored by California Campus Compact and Campus Compact of the Mountain West
Webinar Series

This series is for faculty, students, administrators, staff, and community partners in the development and sustainability of engaged pedagogies and practices on college and university campuses. 
  • $25 - Campus Compact members
  • $75 - non-members
Registration deadline: October 23

Registration deadline: November 17

Registration deadline: January 22

Registration deadline: February 19

Registration deadline: March 11
Registration deadline: April 19
May 2016 (details coming soon!)
Student Spotlight: Showcase of Student Engagement and Service 
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners 
Deadline: October 12

Scope: Organizations may apply for one of two tracks: BIG Program/Project Challenge Grants fund specific programs that address a systemic challenge facing entrepreneurial ecosystems (defined as a target population, industry, or geographic region). BIG Event Grants fund specific events, or a specific track within a larger event, that accelerate the conversation around entrepreneurship on a regional, national, or global scale. 
Amount: Between $250,000 and $500,000 
Eligibility: Applying organizations must be at least three years old and have an annual operating budget greater than $1,000,000. 
Deadline: October 15  

Scope: Proposals should align with the Foundation's broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. General or project support 
Amount: Grant awards are up to $20,000 for a one-year period.They fund organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less. 
Eligibility: Non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. 

Scope: Provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools
Amount: $2,000
Eligibility: Schools and nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. 
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Deadline: November 1

Scope: 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. 
Amount: Between $25,000 and $75,000. 
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that meet specified criteria
Deadline: Rolling through December 31  

Scope: Hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.
Amount: Up to $2,500
Eligibility: Local nonprofit organization serving residents within the service area of individual Walmart stores. 
Deadline: Rolling through February 2016

Scope: The Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 
Amount: $50,000 and up 
Eligibility: 501(c) (3), located within the United States and have a national scope. 
Calls for Proposals and Submissions
"Educate. Ignite. Transform"
March 30 - April 2, 2016, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN.
Deadline: October 2 
Community Campus Partnerships for Health 14th International Conference
"Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships"
May 11-14, 2016, New Orleans, LA
Deadline: October 15
April 13-15, 2016, Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA
Deadline: October 30
PACE Conference, North Carolina Campus Compact
February 10, 2016, High Point University, High Point, NC
Deadline: November 9
Deadline: Ongoing
Deadline: Ongoing
The Learning 4 Purpose Lab at Clark University - FEATURED
Call for Blog Submissions
Deadline: Ongoing 

Blog topics should focus on youth purpose, or education's, service learning's, or culture's influence on youth purpose. They are particularly interested in submissions that consider multi-national, multi-cultural, or cultural perspectives. Submissions from diverse disciplines are encouraged (i.e., the humanities, sciences, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, etc.). Accepted blogs will be edited and published on the Learning 4 Purpose Lab's website. 

Awards & Contests
Deadline: November 9

This $100,000 prize honors individuals who demonstrate leadership in their fields, and creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in advancing positive social change. No affiliation with Grinnell College is required.  
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 12

This $25,000 prize (to be awarded to up to 10 communities) honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships across the United States that are helping people live healthier lives. 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).

Echoing Green Fellowship Programs for Social Entrepreneurs
Deadline: November 17

Fellowships are provided to individuals (at least 18 years of age) or partnerships (organizations led by two people). Fellows receive stipends ranging up to $90,000 and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable social change organizations. 
  • The Global Fellowship supports young leaders worldwide who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities.
  • The Black Male Achievement Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States.
  • The Climate Fellowship supports the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 
Deadline: Weekly through December 2 

Participants produce a short (30 to 90 second) video that includes a call to action in support of the Democracy For All constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United and get big money out of politics.

Each week of the contest, judges will select a "weekly pick" prize ($1,000) among the videos submitted so far.  In addition to the "weekly pick," at the close of the contest the judges will pick a grand prize winner ($25,000) and five category prizes ($5,000 each) among all of the entries. Category prizes include Funniest Video, Best Student Video, Most Creative Video, Best Music Video, and Best Dramatic Video.
Deadline: December 4 

This award recognizes a young person (between the ages of 14-23) who exemplifies leadership, social justice, and a love for life; all of which Evan Dalgaard stood for. Since 2008, the National Youth Leadership Council has honored the memory of Evan Dalgaard by bestowing this award to a dedicated young champion of service. 
Featured Opportunity for Student Leaders

This is an incredible opportunity for a young person to grow as a leader, help out their communities, and network with a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, from across the U.S! 
The YAB board is responsible for granting $4 million for service-learning projects that address pressing issues that have a direct impact on communities and $1 million for community initiated projects through State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. 

The application deadline is October 2.
State & National Civic Engagement Events
FSG Webinar Series: Getting Started with Collective Impact
Register for the whole series for $150 or individual webinars for $60 each.
FSG consultants and partner practitioners will share tools, resources, and lessons learned from their work implementing collective impact initiatives.
  • October 6     Is Collective Impact the Right Approach for You?
  • October 20   Setting the Scene for Collective Impact
  • November 3  Collaborating to Create a Common Agenda  
"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. 

October 29-30, 2015, Marriott Eastside, New York, NY
The Anchor Institutions Task Force is a growing network of around 600 leaders promoting the engagement of anchor institutions in community and economic development. Speakers will explore the role of anchor institutions in the three substantive areas of focus: education, health, and economic development. 
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)
April 1-3, 2016, University of California, Berkeley
Early decision application deadline - October 16
Final application deadline - December 1

The 9th annual CGI U meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action that address some of the world's most pressing challenges. More than $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2016 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of the CGI U meeting in order to apply. 

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

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"We've Come a Long Way Baby!"

This past June the theme of our Community Engagement Administrators Conference at Bennett College was "Diving Deep in Community Engagement," focused on developing the skills and competencies needed by community engagement staff to be effective. This was a big deal because it shows that the higher education community engagement movement has come to a place of recognizing that our work is a legitimate field with a developmental career pathway. 

In August our Network Meetings at Methodist University and Central Piedmont Community College focused on "Becoming an Engaged Campus: Best Practices and Lessons Learned." We highlighted exemplar efforts by campuses across the sectors - private, public, and community college - who are institutionalizing community engagement. This is also a big deal because it shows community engagement is no longer just a "nice idea" but rather a legitimate pedagogy and learning strategy. Also, today institutions are embracing their role as an anchor institution with assets and resources that can impact local communities and solve real problems. 

That is why I am always excited to participate in examples of members engaged in collective planning to create strategies that deepen and strengthen the quality and impact of community engagement. On September 11, I participated in a half-day retreat and visioning session hosted by Elon University's Council on Civic Engagement. They are creating a strategic plan for community engagement framing the discussion in a vision for 2020, in time for the next Carnegie Community Engagement Classification process.  

The following week, Chad and I facilitated a conversation with our newest member institution, Winston-Salem State University, to discuss their plan for further institutionalizing community engagement on their campus. At both the Elon and WSSU gatherings, over 30 people participated, representing faculty, administrators, and students from every corner of campus who are committed to this work.

Having done this work for 10 years now, I can tell you that we have come a long way from the days when one person, who already wore multiple hats, was tasked with leading community engagement with limited funding, support, and respect.

That is why today I want to honor the veterans, who have stuck it out for 10 or more years, and who serve as role models of tenacity and passion for all of us in the field. (And they have even earned important titles along the way, showing just how far we have come!

Thank you to: 
  • Dena Shonts, Associate Dean, Community Engagement (Central Piedmont Community College)  
  • Stacey Riemer, Associate Dean of Students for Civic Engagement (Davidson College) 
  • Elaine Madison, Associate Director for Programs, Strategy and Assessment, DukeEngage (Duke University) 
  • Mary Morrison, Assistant Dean and Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement (Elon University)
  • James Shields, Director of the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning (Guilford College)
  • Charlotte Williams, Associate Dean of Engaged and Global Learning (Lenoir-Rhyne University) 
  • Leslie Parkins, Director of Service-Learning and Student Programs, Carolina Center for Public Service (UNC Chapel Hill) 
  • Cathy Hamilton, Director, Office of Leadership & Service Learning (UNC Greensboro) 

Leslie Garvin
Executive Director