"Raising Our Voices and Taking Action"

"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing,
there will be no results." 
- Gandhi

November 7-8, 2014 at NC State University


Friday Night

Sixty students from nine campuses participated in the Friday night activities which included interactive reflection activities with high schoolers in the leadership program at Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), a community-based organization in Southeast Raleigh that provides comprehensive support programs including mentoring, teen and Latino outreach, college preparation, job readiness, and a community garden just to name a few.

Participants also brought "swag" from their campuses to share with N2N.  They maintain an Educational Incentive Store for their pre-college students. The students earn points that they can use to “purchase” items from the store. Thank you to Executive Director, Royce Hathcock and the team at N2N for hosting the event. 

Following the service activitiy, participants went to NC State for dinner (from Moe's Southwest Grill!)  and reflection.  The reflection was facilitated by PriorityOne, a group dedicated to creating a space where individuals can dig deeper into the inquiry of what's worth living for, explore their passions, and be a part of the conversation of what's possible for the world. 


Nearly 200 students representing 27 colleges and universities in NC, SC, KY, VA, and RI attended the Saturday conference.  Thanks Dr. Kelly Laraway and the Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative for serving as the local host.  Throughout the day we were pleased to draw the names of 25 students who won door prizes containing the message of "raising your voice" and "taking action." 

Opening Session

Dr. Jose Picart, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services, and Executive Director, Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative, welcomed the group and shared his civic engagement journey followed by Leslie Garvin, Interim Executive Director of NC Campus Compact, set the theme by reminding the students that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer in which college students converged on Mississippi, risking voilence, to register African American citizens to vote and establishi Freedom Schools.  They truly raised their voices and took action. 

Jason Lee, Founder of the Jubilee Project, shared videos and the vision of the Jubilee Project to use "The Power of Social Media to Inspire a Generation."  He also talked about their belief that "ordinary people can do extraordinary things; and that doing good is contagious." 

Thanks to our photographer, Spencer Hathcock, as well as the Forsyth Tech crew, for the photos on this site. 


Throughout the day students and faculty facilitated 25 workshops focused on leadership skills and model programs and projects. Click here for the workshop descriptions and presenter bios. 

During the second morning session, experts facilitated concurrent workshops focused on the big issues facing North Carolina. We thank them for giving their time on a Saturday to share their knowledge.  

  1. “Voting Rights in NC: The Lay of the Land”  - Adam Sotak, Statewide Campaigns Organizer, Democracy NC
  2. “New (and some of the same old) Challenges: Discrimination in North Carolina’s Schools” - Mark Dorosin, Managing Attorney, UNC Center for Civil Rights
  3. “Immigration: Past Present, and Future” - Kate Woomer-Deters, Staff Attorney, NC Justice Center
  4. “Environmental Issues Facing North Carolina” - Michelle Allen, Public Action Organizer, NC Conservation Network
  5. “The School-to-Prison Pipeline in North Carolina” - Jennifer Story, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina
  6. “So No One Goes Hungry...Food Insecurity and the Nonprofit Safety Net” - Gideon Adams, Senior Manager, Programs and Outreach, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina


Marshall and John Barnhill

2014 Community Impact Student Award winners

During lunch we were pleased to recognize 14 of the 18 students who received the Community Impact Student Award as well as Aaron Marshall, the 2015 John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award winner.  Visit the links for the awards for photos and bios.  We are grateful to John Barnhill for attending the Awards Ceremony. 

Closing Session

We are grateful to Josephus III, William Manneh, and Katherine Malet, from The Poetry Project, for concluding the day with a spoken word presentation.  This powerful program teaches youth to use their words to teach and inspire other youth. Unfortunately, the photographer had to leave and the audience was so captivated by the presentation, that we do not have any pictures to share of the Closing Session, but we highly recommend that you view this YouTube video of the Poetry Project in action.  A special thanks also to Josephus for facilitating a workshop "Words as Weapons for Positive Change." William and Katherine are picture to the right during the workshop session.  Thanks to the person who posted the pic on Twitter!


We truly appreciate the sponsorship support from the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service.

Social Media

Thanks to all the students who raised their voice through social media throughout the day. We were pleased to recognize three students with a SNAP (Social Networking Awesomeness Prize) at the end of the day for best tweets and images.  Here are just a few of the images captured through social media throughout the day. 

See more on Twitter at #CSNAP2014