Community Engagement Administrators Conference (CEAC)
Deadline: April 21, 2017
The 2016 CEA Conference brought together more than 85 administrators and faculty from 31 campuses and organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and beyond. Our plenary session - "Engaging with Equity: Recognizing Implicit Bias in Community Engagement" - featured Reverend Jason Williams, a community pastor and organizer who works with Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) in Charlotte and with Charlotte's interfaith network, MeckMin (www.meckmin.org). Drawing on 8 years of experience living and organizing in West Charlotte, research on perception and cognition, and critiques of charitable systems that perserve power inequities, Reverend Williams challenged our group to think about issues of poverty, race, and bias inherent in community engagement work.
Participants choose among 18 break-out workshops in three blocks.
View the Workshop Descriptions and Presenter List (pdf)
Selected workshop slidedecks were generously shared by several presenters (all links are .pdf files):
BUILDing inclusive community. pre-orientation
BRANCHES and CKWFU. student development leadership for social change
Enhancing campus civic engagement efforts (Google slides)
Serving in place. local alternative breaks
On Thursday, May 28, forty community engagement professionals, representing 24 institutions in 5 states, assembled at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. The day was facilitated by Dr. Patti Clayton, Dr. Sarah Stanlick, and Leslie Garvin. The agenda was framed around "Past: Present: Future." Individual reflection was imbedded throughout the day. The goal was to reflect critically on our practice in the context of some of the central questions that have, do, and will shape community engagement.
The May 28 conference complemented an online learning community launched on May 18. Throughout the 10 day period, participants were assigned common readings related to working with students, faculty, and community partners. The facilitators posted prompts/questions to promote dialogue and shared inquiry. During the conference participants decided to continue to utilize the Edmodo site as a learning community.
The morning began with Patti and Sarah providing an overview of the history of community engagement in higher education.
Next Leslie used the framework outlined in Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development (McReynolds, M. & Shields, E, 2015, Iowa Campus Compact) which outines four primary roles that community and civic engagement administrators play: 1) Institutional strategic leader; 2) Organizational manager; 3) Community Innovator; and 4) Field Contributor. In small groups, participants explored each of the four roles and discussed the competencies and skills required by each.
During the second half of the "Present" component of the day participants selected two of three stakeholder areas: 1) Faculty, 2) Student, 3) Community Partner to explore more deeply drawing on the pre-readings and online discussion posts. Participants explored what was most relevant to their practice and explored concrete implications for their work
20 years ago Ed Zlotkowski called for the growth of service-learning as academic work. Patti and Sarah shared information related to a recently launched national project that will explore whether this call from Zlotkowski has been answered. They also gathered feedback related to participant thoughts on future directions/priorities in the field.
|2016||Elon University||Recognizing Implicit Bias in Community Engagement|
|2015||Bennett College for Women||Diving Deep in Community Engagement|
|2013||High Point University||Alternative Service Experiences Institute |
(see the Alternative Break Resources page here)
East Carolina University
Tracking and Measuring Community Engagement: Articulating Methods that Align with Current and Future Institutional Goals
(see the Monitoring and Measuring page here)
|2010||Barton College||2010 CEAC program booklet|
|2009||Davidson College||2009 CEAC program booklet|
Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center|
|Closer to the Goal: Going Deeper in our Civic Engagement Efforts|
Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center
|2007 CSD-SLD program booklet|
|2006||Wake Forest University||20/20 Visioning|
|2005||Blue Ridge Assembly (Black Mountain, NC)||2005 CSD-SLD program booklet|
Caraway Conference Center |
|2004 CSD-SLD program booklet|
(Chapel Hill, NC)
|Southeast Conference for|
Community Service and Service
Learning Directors (co-sponsored with Florida Campus Compact)
CEAC was on hiatus in 2011 and 2014.