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The Digest E-Newsletter - September 2016

NC Campus Compact News & Events
CSNAP Student Conference will have student-led workshops, social change organizations, awards, and more

On November 11-12 at UNC Asheville, NC Campus Compact will host its annual CSNAP Student Conference, an event where student leaders can explore citizenship, service, networking, and partnerships. 

The main event on Saturday (11/12, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) will feature workshops by college student leaders and a showcase of social change organizations who work with students, including the Campus Kitchens Project, NC PIRG, and SCALE. The optional Friday evening session (11/11, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) features Jonathan Santos, an Asheville-based Soul-Songwriter, Poet, Cultural Community worker and Educator. He will perform and help students create their own Personal Poetic Mission Statement!

On Saturday, we will also recognize our Community Impact Award recipients and the Barnhill Civic Trailblazer. Selection/nomination deadlines for both awards is Sept. 30.

Call for Workshop Proposals - submit by Sept. 30
Conference Registration Form - registration ends Oct. 17
Get all the details and connect on our CSNAP Event Page on Facebook.
Election Engagement Corner

Through November, our Digest will feature election engagement resources and reminders.

NC College Voter Engagement Summit

Saturday, Sept. 10 at Elon University
NC Campus Compact, in collaboration with other state and national partners, will host a 1-day training event for students who are leading non-partisan voter engagement activities at campuses in NC. Sessions will include updates on NC election law, training on organizing and best practices for voter engagement, and campus idea exchange. Geared for students who already have baseline knowledge of voter engagement strategies and practice and are looking for more in-depth training. (Box lunch provided.) Sponsored by: Andrew Goodman Foundation, Campus Vote Project, Democracy NC, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, NC PIRG, and CEEP-NC.

FREE but students MUST REGISTER by Friday, Sept. 2


CEEP-NC Mini-grants Program Thanks to our national partner CEEP, we are able to offer $500 mini-grants to support non-partisan election engagement activities on select campuses. Proposals from campuses that currently do not host Election Engagement Fellows will be given priority. The proposal deadline is Sept. 9, but grants may awarded earlier so do not wait to submit. Learn more.

Non-profit Vote webinar to spotlight voter registration best practices for National Voter Registration Day Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. Learn more and register 


Ben & Jerry's can bring free ice cream to your voter registration event!There is still time to submit your campus voter registration event to be part of Ben & Jerry's "Democracy in Your Hands" tour. Ben & Jerry's can send their democracy-themed ice cream truck to selected events, generating excitement and provide free ice cream during your event. Complete this form or contact Anna at Ben & Jerry's to learn more. 


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Help NC Campus Compact honor your engaged student leaders!

Our annual student awards give campuses a chance to honor special individuals who are helping to realize the vision of the "engaged campus" through their outstanding leadership and service!

The Community Impact Awards honor 1 student leader selected by each member campus. These students will then have the chance to apply for a Marshall Alternative Service Scholarship!

Learn more & submit your campus winner.

The John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award honors 1 undergrad student in their final year who has demonstrated innovation in civic engagement, creating a foundation that expands partnerships amongst communities, campuses, and individuals. Each campus may nominate 1 student for the Trailblazer Award.

Deadline for Impact Award and Trailblazer Award: Sept. 30, 2016

All student award winners will be honored at CSNAP 2016 at UNC Asheville on Nov. 11-12. 

Save the date for our Winter Network Meetings
  • January 4 (Wed.) @ Queens University of Charlotte
  • January 5 (Thurs.) @ Meredith College
Our network meetings are for civic/community engagement administrators (staff and faculty) at NC Campus Compact member schools. These meetings include a morning professional development session, lunch, and afternoon sharing of member campus highlights and NC Campus Compact updates. Attendance is free. Learn more
Welcome our newest VISTA Cohort!
VISTA members served together with Habitat during their orientation at Elon, Aug. 17-18.

We are proud to welcome the 13 new and 2 returning AmeriCorps VISTA members who make up our 2016-2017 cohort. They will serve as full-time "Volunteers in Service to America" for 1 year at 11 campus and community host sites across the network. All members work to strengthen campus-community partnerships that serve low-income people by leveraging higher education resources. 

Read VISTA member profiles here.

If your campus or community partner site is hosting a VISTA member, make them feel welcome! 
The following sites are hosting members through August 2017:
  1. Community Empowerment Fund (partnering with UNC Chapel Hill)
  2. Duke University - America Reads, America Counts
  3. East Carolina University - Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  4. Feast Down East (partnering with UNC Wilmington)
  5. Guilford College - Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning
  6. High Point University - Service Learning Program
  7. Hospitality House of Boone (partnering with Appalachian State University)
  8. Marian Cheek Jackson Center (partnering with UNC Chapel Hill)
  9. UNC Greensboro - Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
  10. Western Carolina University - Center for Service-Learning
  11. William Peace University - Student Services
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News from the NC Network

Want more NC Higher Education Engagement News? Check out these resources...

Higher Education Works is a bipartisan organization that supports public higher education in North Carolina, advocating for investment in North Carolina's public universities and community colleges by building support among citizens and engaging leaders. The group brings together supporters, employers, students and 800,000 graduates of North Carolina's public universities to remind lawmakers that higher education works. Email newsletter regularly features stories of engaged campuses and students.

UNC@Work is is a monthly newsletter that highlights the UNC system's impact on communities, the economy and around the world. 

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National Campus Compact News

Together we began "planning to plan" -  starting a process that will culminate in a Civic Action Plan for each participating campus by March 2017. The plans are the next step in putting into practice the principles expressed in national Campus Compact's 30th Anniversary Action Statement. That statement was signed last spring by more than 25 NC presidents and chancellors, who joined more than 400 signatories nationwide.

National Campus Compact
 is hosting Civic Action Planning Institutes this fall. The institutes are designed for three-person teams that include at least one senior academic administrator and one faculty member or administrator directly responsible for civic engagement and learning.

There is no registration fee. Institutions are responsible for their own travel and lodging. 
Deadline to register: Sept. 8
October 13-14, 2016 CAP Institute (MO)
October 17-18, 2016 CAP Institute (CA)
Civic Action Knowledge Hubs!

To support colleges and universities in developing and implementing high-impact Campus Civic Action Plans, national Campus Compact is curating a collection of knowledge hubs. Each hub is a starting point for a campus planning team to learn more about an aspect of engagement work. Some hubs are focused on specific institutional policies or practices; others on issues of importance to communities. Each hub contains key resources, organizations, and exemplars to provide information, partnership, and inspiration as you shape the future of community engagement at your institution. You can also create and submit your own Knowledge Hub to be included on the site!

Visit the Hub.

Campus Compact member president writing in JHEOE

Through Campus Compact's partnership with the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, we are able to highlight the voice of our member presidents. The JHEOE has recently published volume 20 (2), June 2016, which features "The Meaning of a Compact," by President of Middlesex Community College Anna Wasescha. Access the article here.

Campus Compact launching new podcast!

National Campus Compact in collaboration with several state compacts will be launching a podcast to discuss issues and practice in higher education civic and community engagement. Follow #CompactNationPod for updates.
State & National Community Engagement Events (2016)
Visit the National Civic Engagement Calendar for a complete listing.

NC College Voter Engagement Summit

September 10, Elon University
Free but must register by Sept. 2

Learn more

2016 Assessment Institute 

October 17-18, Indianapolis, IN

October 16 - Pre-Institute workshop on "Monitoring and Assessing Community-Engaged Activities Across Campus"

Early bird registration ends: Sept. 9

Registration ends: Sept. 30

NC Service-Learning Coalition Fall Workshop: Design for Change
October 21 from 12:45 - 4:45 pm
3 locations: Raleigh, Wilmington, Asheville
Learn to use design thinking with students to improve your community! Design for Change is a global movement of educators and youth who are using the tools of design thinking to create solutions to issues in their communities. This workshop is designed for K-20 educators and students who are interested in learning the Design for Change process.

CSNAP Student Conference
November 11-12, UNC Asheville

Registration deadline: Oct. 17 

Calls for Proposals and Submissions
CSNAP Workshop Sessions
Online proposal form

Proposal deadline: Sept. 30

NC Campus Compact seeks workshop proposals for the 2016 CSNAP student conference, Nov. 11-12, 2016 at UNC Asheville. All workshops will be delivered during break-out sessions on Saturday, Nov. 12. We seek workshops that will help college student leaders develop leadership and advocacy skills or knowledge of current social issues, or that introduce participants to innovate community engagement program models that could be replicated on other campuses. Priority will be given to workshops that will help students understand how to be effective activists, advocates, and policy-makers on the front line of social change.

Join pilot study of College Positive Volunteerism
Campus Compact is conducting a pilot study of College Positive Volunteerism (CPV) to measure the program's impact and effectiveness. Previous AmeriCorps VISTAs at the national and state/regional offices collaborated to make a three-stage survey to conduct a change-over-time analysis of the volunteers who are working with K-12 youth, collecting demographics, recruitment information, and impact of the training and overall curriculum. The intention is to build upon existing evaluation materials currently in use to collect comprehensive information.

Special Issue of PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America
"Digital Engagements - When the Virtual Gets Real" 
One-page proposals currently being accepted at iapublic@syr.edu 
Full submission deadline: February 1
For this special issue of PUBLIC, artists, activists, designers, and scholars are invited to explore the potential of digital technologies and practices to inspire creative, interactive, collaborative work for public engagement and the pursuit of social justice. The issue asks how engagement--the affective and embodied knowledges people gain in their everyday lives--can animate our virtual lives.

Partnerships - A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

General call for manuscripts

Deadline: ongoing 
Partnerships recognizes that successful engaged learning depends on effective The articles in this peer-reviewed journal focus on how theories and practices can inform and improve partnerships between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more. Studies co-authored by faculty, students, and/or community partners; or examining practices across disciplines or campuses; or exploring international networks, are all encouraged.
FOR STUDENTS: Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships
Everyday Democracy National Conference and Grant for Young Leaders
Young leaders across the country are doing great work to engage people in their communities and create positive change. Up to 10 young leaders will be awarded scholarships to enable them to attend Everyday Democracy's national convening to be held December 8-10 in Baltimore. These leaders will have the opportunity to compete for grant money to support their leadership and organizing efforts in their local communities. Apply by Sept. 26!

NEW RESOURCE! The Service Year Exchange
The Service Year Alliance is an exciting new initiative committed to making a service year a common expectation and opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds! Your program can now register on the Service Year Exchange. You'll be able to list open National Service member positions, search from possible candidates, and more! Students can search available positions on the exchange!

FOR FACULTY/STAFF: Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships
Oct 10 -12
Deadline to register: Sept. 15
The workshop will be held at the Dornsife Extension Center on days one and three. Sessions will include foundations and framework for community-based learning and partnerships. Students, faculty and community partners will offer hands-on advice and mentorship to guide a meaningful CBL course. Day two will be facilitated by the Think Tank members within Graterford Correctional Institution and will include active learning pedagogy and rich discussion of "embracing discomfort" within a CBL course. At the conclusion of the workshop, faculty will have a solid foundation in which to begin designing their course. Questions? Contact Cyndi Rickards at crr46@drexel.edu.

Oct 20 -21
Join colleagues and journal editors from around the country on the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. In partnership with Campus Compacts in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Indiana Campus Compact will present Pen to Paper to provide time, space, and resources to help faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts or book chapters related to service-learning and community engagement.

Deadline: February 28, 2017 
The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University invites proposals for research focused on the impact of service learning on students, faculty, community partners, and/or one or more higher education institutions in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The goal of the fellowship is to advance research on the impact of academic service learning in Chicago while supporting early career faculty and/or doctoral students in the United States. 

A one-week residency in Chicago at the beginning of the Fellowship as well as a one-week residency in Chicago at the end of the Fellowship will be underwritten by this Fellowship to ensure a successful research project, dissemination of the findings, and engaging with stakeholders, all in the service of extending the career development benefits for the Fellow.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners
Fund for Southern Communities

Deadline: September 1

Scope: The Fund for Southern Communities supports nonprofit organizations working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. 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. The Fund provides seed grants to new projects, and general or project support to small organizations (with a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less).

Deadline: September 9
Scope: $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. 

Scope: For non-profit orgs that address issues of social and economic justice. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. 

Nomination deadline: Oct. 9
The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization.

Phase I Application Due: November 3
Scope: Up to 10 winning communities will receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Applicants will need to think beyond their own individual organizations and initiatives to what has been accomplished across the community.

* Informational webinar on the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications on September 22, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. Register for webinar  

Job Openings in the NC Campus Compact Network
NCCU AmeriCorps Eagle Corps Positions

North Carolina Central University is seeking candidates to fill 8 full-time and 4 half-time AmeriCorps member positions for various service locations through the Eagle Corps Program, supported by NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service Office of the Governor Pat McCrory. Eagle Corps will serve Veterans and Military Families and support Economic Opportunity for Youth.

Interested candidates may send a resume and a brief letter of interest to Ruby Messick (rmessick@nccu.edu) immediately. All applicants must complete the AmeriCorps application and submit to our position listing on AmeriCorps.gov. Listed below are two (2) postings: Full-time and Half or Part-time positions:

~ Campus Compact (national) President Andrew Seligsohn, writing in Well-Being and Higher Education

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