Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community
The 2012 CSNAP Student Conference was an exciting two days full of powerful insights, reflection and fun. Below are highlights.
During the Friday night kick-off focused on using film for social change, nearly 50 students visited Wilmington-based studio EUE/Screen Gems, the largest film studio on the East Coast. They met with Chris Crowder,VP of Operations and Johnny Griffin, Director of the Wilmington Regional Film Office, who shared about the positive impacts of the movie industy on the local economy and the ongoing work of EUE/Screen Gems, followed by a tour of the studio which included an interaction with Robert Downey, Jr. who was on set working on Iron Man 3.
Participants concluded the evening at UNC Wilmington where they heard from Andy Myers, filmmaker and Campaign Coordinator for Wilmington-based Working Films, screened #ReGeneration, and participated in a facilitated reflection about the film..
My Impact Photo Project
In response to #ReGeneration, which challenged young people to take action on the issues which they are passionate about, NC Campus Compact facilitated the My Impact Photo Project, allowing CSNAP participants to write the issue they want to impact on a white board and take a photo to declare their commitment.
On Saturday, nearly 125 students from 18 campuses attended the conference.
During the morning session, writer and activist Paul Loeb delivered a keynote address “Soul of a Citizen: Hope in a Time of Fear...” on activism and community change drawing from his recent book, Soul of A Citizen. Loeb told students they do not need perfect knowledge to make a start. Even an iconic figure like Rosa Parks, Loeb said, acted as part of a group, was brought into the movement by others now-forgotten, and made her stand only after years of learning and growing involvement. Loeb urged participants to embark on their own path toward progress. "Hope is believing in spite of the evidence," Loeb declared, quoting Jim Wallis, "and then watching the evidence change." Loeb also facilitated a workshop and open space conversation.
Throughout the day attendees participated in workshops focused on issues facing North Carolina as well as skill-building sessions facilitated by experts and students, faculty and staff. The workshops helped attendees gain knowledge and skills to deepen and enhance their civic engagement efforts.
Special thanks to the Issues Workshop facilitators, Dr. Brooke Kelly (UNC Pembroke), Dan Crawford (NC League of Conservation Voters), Kendall Hageman (Institute for Emerging Issues), Dr. Leslie Hossfeld (UNC Wilmington and Feast Down East), Erin O’Donnell and Olivia Dorsey (AmeriCorps VISTAs) and Joan Johnson (Rankin Terrace Community Leader). Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo participated in a panel discussion on "Continuing Your Civic Work After Graduation" during the Skill-Building Workshops session.
Presentations & Webinars
Download "Emerging Issues in Child Well-Being" by Laila Bell, Director of Research and Data for Action for Children North Carolina. She was scheduled to facilitate a workshop but was unable to attend the conference.
Download "Energy & the Environment" by Dan Crawford, Director of Governmental Relations, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. He attended the conference but agreed to share his presentation to those who were unable to participate.
Elisa Benitez, who was unable to attend the conference, facilitated a webinar later in the month. You can access the recording below.
Undocumented and Unafraid: The State of Immigration in America
Facilitator: Elisa Benitez, immigration community organizer and sophomore at UNC Charlotte
Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Webinar recording: http://elonuniv.adobeconnect.com/p7oiwhd4pia/
Download the conference program booklet below for the complete listing of workshops and presenters.
Ten students were recognized for their community impact and campus service, receiving 2012 Community Impact Student Awards and Elon University senior, Rachel Stanley, received the 2012 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award. Follow the highlighted links for details.
Documentary Film Shorts Competition
The documentary "Hear for Me" by Elon University senior, Sean Dolan, received the first prize in NC Campus Compact’s new Documentary Film Shorts Competition. Dolan’s film depicted the work of Elon students and faculty to raise awareness about and advocate for the needs of the deaf community. Dolan received a $1000 cash award.
Two films were selected as the People's Pick finalists by the panel of judges. During the conference, the films were screened and participants voted on their favorite. The People's Pick winner was "Growth: A Story of Community and Gardening" from Gardner-Webb University.
Screen the winning videos and see the list of judges here.
With the general election a few days away, throughout the conference, attendees were encouraged to vote for President and North Carolina Governor in a mock election. The results were:
64 - Obama
13 - Romney
North Carolina Governor
37 - Walter Dalton
18 - Pat McCrory
Special thanks to Dr. Donna Chapa Crowe, Jaime Russell and the student leaders in the Office of Leadership Education and Service at UNC Wilmington and all those who helped make the conference a success.