2016 Civic Engagement Institute

Featured Speakers
Agenda at a Glance
Driving Instructions
Parking Instructions
Suggested Pre-Readings
Planning Committee

“…government resting upon popular suffrage cannot be successful unless those who elect and who obey their governors are educated. Since a democratic society repudiates the principle of external authority, it must find a substitute in voluntary disposition and interest; these can be created only by education. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - John Dewey

In his 1916 work Democracy and Education, John Dewey argues that democracy can only be sustained and thrive when the citizenry is educated. He argued that education should promote free exchange of ideas, encourage robust debate and inquiry, and empower students to think for themselves. Rather than rote learning, education should be tied to the real world. Education should help students understand the processes of democracy and recognize that they have a responsibility to engage in society in order to shape and direct it. Rather than focusing education primarily on specific job-related skills, it should equip them with the skills to respond to change and to continue growing and learning throughout their life. In his own words, democracies need to teach individuals "the habits of the mind which secure social changes without introducing disorder."  If people are uneducated or mis-educated, we will lose the capacity to sustain a participatory democracy and to address many of the complex social problems impacting our world.

As there is mounting pressure for education to exist for the sole purpose of career readiness, rather than to also advance society and democracy, we must ask ourselves 100 years later, the extent to which we have fulfilled Dewey’s vision of education and democracy. While Dewey’s work was focused on K-12 education, we believe that he raised critical questions and ideas that relate to higher education today. During the 2016 CEI we will explore the ways in which higher education is promoting democratic practices within higher education generally and/or individual institutions; within our classrooms; and how we are developing democratic practice within individual students; and engaging with our local communities democratically.

Special thanks to our event sponsor Lyon Software.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski

Edward Zlotkowski is Professor Emeritus of English and Media Studies at Bentley University where he founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center in 1992.  He has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of service-learning and civic engagement topics, and served as general editor of the American Association for Higher Education’s 21-volume series on service-learning in the academic disciplines (1997-2006). He also served as editor of Successful Service-Learning Programs (Anker, 1998), Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience (University of South Carolina, 2002), and as co-editor of Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership (Campus Compact, 2006). In 2011, Temple University Press published Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, a book he co-authored with John Saltmarsh.  His non-service-learning work includes publications on English and German romanticism and the poetry of Denise Levertov.  Dr. Zlotkowski is a senior associate at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.  He received his B.A. in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

Dr. Steve Dubb

Steve Dubb is Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President at The Democracy Collaborative and has been with the Collaborative since 2004. Dubb has been lead author or co-author of a number of publications including Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems (Aspen, 2005), Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development (2007), Growing a Green Economy for All: From Green Jobs to Green Ownership (with Deborah Warren, 2010) and The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads (with Rita Axelroth Hodges, MSU Press, 2012). In 2013, Dubb led the research team that produced The Anchor Dashboard and is currently working with six universities to pilot community impact measures based on that report.

Dubb has also done community economic development  work in many cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver, Jackson (MS), Jacksonville (FL), Minneapolis, New Haven, New Orleans, Oakland (CA), Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Richmond (VA) and Washington, DC. Dubb is also part of the Collaborative’s Learning/Action Lab team that is partnering with Native American organizations to develop employee-owned businesses and social enterprises in Indian Country.

Prior to joining the Collaborative, Dubb was Executive Director of the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), a U.S. and Canadian nonprofit association that provides education and technical assistance to university and community-based housing and retail cooperatives. Dubb received his Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and his Bachelor's in Economics (with honors) and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Agenda at a Glance

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Opening Session 
       Featuring: Dr. Edward Zlotkowski
10:10 -11:20  Workshop Session One 
11:30-12:40 Workshop Session Two 

      Featuring: Dr. Steve Dubb

2:00 – 3:10 Plenary panels 
3:20 – 4:30 Workshop Session Three 

Closing Session:  Facilitated team discussion “Implications for our institutions” & Door pize presentations


Driving Instructions

For GPS navigation, please use this address:
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

These driving instructions are also available online here. 

From the North: Travel south on I-85.

Option 1: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-85 South. Shortly thereafter, take Business 85 (Green Shield). Exit at Highway 311 bypass. Exit the bypass at Eastchester Drive (Highway 68 South). Follow directions From the airport below.

Option 2: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-40 West. When you see the airport signs, take Highway 68 South. Follow directions From the airport below.

From the North: Follow I-77 South to Fancy Gap, VA.

Follow markers to 52 South. Take 52 South to Winston-Salem. Take I-40 East to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take the South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-Mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall. Continue on College Drive and turn right onto Montlieu Avenue, where you will find our main entrance into campus.

From the Piedmont Triad/Greensboro-High Point Airport:

Take 68 South to Oak Hollow Mall in High Point. At the mall, turn left onto University Parkway. Make third right onto Montlieu Ave.

From the South: Travel north on I-85.

Near Lexington, take Business 85 North (Green Shield); When Business 85 North and Highway 52 split, remain on Business 85. Exit at Highway 311 North (Main Street). Turn right onto University Parkway. Turn left onto Montlieu Avenue. 

From the West:

Travel east on I-40 past Winston-Salem to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall (as you cross over Eastchester Drive). Continue and take third right onto Montlieu Avenue. 

From the East:

Option 1: Take I-40 West. At Greensboro, follow directions From the North [Option 1 or Option 2].

Parking Instructions

Parking will be in Lot A/B.  A shuttle is available from 7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. If you arrive at a different time, call 336-841-9113.  Security Officers at the Welcome Center will direct you to visitor parking.

Below is a campus map. You can also download it here.  Registration and the Opening Session are in Phillips Hall. 



Courtyard High Point (15 rooms)  Cutoff date January 18, 2016
1000 Mall Loop Road
High Point, NC  27262

1.9 miles distance (6 minutes from HPU)
$119/night + tax/fees
No breakfast
Reservations made by calling 800-321-2211 or 336-882-3600.  Guests will need to ask for the NC Campus Compact rate.

Wingate by Wyndham High Point (20 rooms)  Cutoff date January 25, 2016
3901 Sedgebrook Street
High Point, NC  27265

7.1 miles distance (15 minutes from HPU)
$79.00/night + tax/fees
Hot breakfast buffet
Reservations made by phone only 336-812-8787.  Guests will need to ask for the NC Campus Compact rate.

Suggested Pre-Readings

Democracy and Education (John Dewey, 1916)

Bloch-Shulman, S, and Roger, P. (eds.) Teaching Democratic Thinking. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, Volume 6, No. I, Winter 2015. 

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. 2012. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Democratic Engagement White Paper, Saltmarsh, J., Hartley, M. and P.H.Clayton (2009) Boston, MA: New England Resource Center for Higher Education.

2016 Planning Committee

Dr. Stephen Bloch-Schulman Elon University
Dr. John  Humphrey NC A & T
Dr. Tamara  Johnson, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Susan Harden, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, UNC Greensboro
Dr. Todd  Collins, Western Carolina University
Dr. Tim Shaffer, Kansas State University

Questions?  Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, NC Campus Compact