2013 Civic Engagement Institute

"Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community"


On February 12, 2013, 175 faculty and staff representing 31campuses throughout North Carolina attended the 2013 Civic Engagement Institute. Participants explored questions, best practices and theory related to citizenship, citizen and community development, and the goal of our civic engagement work in order to ensure deepest impact on campus efforts. Throughout the day attendees participated in workshops which highlighted campus strategies to develop civically-engaged graduates, campus strategies to build communities, and tools to help remove barriers. You can download the conference program here, Visit this link for workshop presenter bios. Thanks to the generosity of author Paul Loeb, all Institute participants received a copy of the updated edition of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times, 2010, St. Martin’s Press.

Keynote Presenters

A special thank you to Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Judith Ramaley for their challenging and compelling keynote addresses. Learn more about their work through the resources below. 

Civic Engagement: The Role of Social Institutions: The Syllabus for PA 414 Fall 2012 taught at Portland State University by Judith Ramaley. Also, the Civic Institutions Value Rubric of AAC&U

Deliberative Dialogue

After lunch, representatives from Wake Forest University and the National Issues Forum, facilitated a deliberative dialogue about the role and future of higher education in the United States. Learn more about this process at the links below.

The National Issues Forum website
The Issue Guide, Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
The two page Issue summary
Naming and Framing Local Issues for Public Deliberation 
Framing for Democracy: Exploring the Impacts of Adversarial and Deliberative Framing, Understanding the Longer-Term Benefits of Deliberation, by Alison Kadlec, Leah Sprain, Martín Carcasson


Post Institute Follow-Up Recommendations

We strongly encourage attendees to continue the conversation after the Institute.  Below are a few recommendations and opportunities.

1. Host a team meeting. Think together about how to implement ideas or strategies learned at today’s Institute.

2. Pursue training to manage Deliberative Dialogues. NC Campus Compact will sponsor three trainings to be facilitated by Wake Forest University professors Katy Harriger and Jill McMillan. Apply to host one by contacting Dr. Lisa Keyne at lkeyne@elon.edu. Free to NC Campus Compact members.

3. Organize a forum for your campus or community using the issue guide, Shaping Our Future. Free copies of the guide can be downloaded from the NIFI website, where there are additional materials to help you.  The National Issues Forums Institute and the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) launched this discussion in April and will continue through the year. Obtain information from Harry Boyte at boyte001@umn.edu or Bill Muse at bmuse@nifi.org.

4. Attend a March 5 webinar (1:00 p.m.) with Prof. Joseph Kahne, Mills College. Explore ways youth and young adults use digital media to engage civically and politically. Discuss the quality and equality of their new forms of engagement and ways that educators can support these efforts. The webinar will draw on a nationally representative study of youth ages 15-25 as well as related studies undertaken as part of the MacArthur Foundation Research initiative on Youth and Participatory Politics. Free to NC Campus Compact members. RSVP to Leslie Garvin at lgarvin@elon.edu.

Joseph Kahne is a Professor of Education at Mills College.  He is also Chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP).  Through this network, scholars from diverse disciplines examine ways participation with digital media is shaping and reshaping youth (ages 15-25) civic and political engagement. Professor Kahne's research and writing focuses on the influence of school practices and new media on youth civic and political development. In addition to his work with the MacArthur Research Network, he is also Co-PI (with Ellen Middaugh) of Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age – working with Oakland Unified School District and the National Writing Project on a district-wide civic education effort. Professor Kahne's articles have received outstanding paper of the year awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Political Science Association Division of Teaching and Learning, and several other organizations. He sits on the steering committee of the National Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and on the advisory board of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning. (Also, see www.civicsurvey.org)

5. Join a planning team. Faculty from NC Campus Compact institutions will meet to discuss how better to integrate service-learning into humanities courses.  Dr. Clark Maddux, Director of Service-Learning at Appalachian State University, will help convene the conversation. Share your interest with Dr. Lisa Keyne.

6. Apply now for CIRCLE’s fifth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies (http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/circle/summer-institute/), an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study. Tuition is free. Organized by Peter Levine and Karol Soltan, University of Maryland, sessions will be at Tufts, Medford, July 8-18, 2013, with a public conference, Frontiers of Democracy, July 18-20, in downtown Boston.

7. Read and share the next issue of Partnerships, the fully online peer-reviewed journal of NC Campus Compact. Look for articles by Institute speakers and further development of our theme, Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community.

8. Review the new report, Millennials Civic Health Index, produced by four of the top civic organizations in the country.  The study paints a comprehensive picture of young Americans 18 to 29,  challenging commonly held beliefs about a generation of young Americans whose votes played a critical role in November’s presidential election. The report highlights the diverse ways in which Millennials are taking action in their communities beyond the voting booth, online and offline, across different regions of the United States. 



Dr. Lisa Keyne, Executive Director if you have questions regarding the Institute.