Community Engagement Administrators Conference (CEAC)

This conference, launched in 2003 as the Community Service and Service-Learning Directors Conference, is designed for faculty and staff who facilitate campus-community engagement efforts. Changed to CEAC in 2008, this gathering offers deep reflection about community and civic engagement work through presentations and workshops, facilitated discussions and networking. CEAC usually occurs in late spring/early summer. We are pleased to join with our southern region colleagues to offer a unique gathering in 2019. 

Campus Compact Southern Region Community College Institute

"Community Colleges as Civic Powerhouses: Aligning Community Engagement with Community College Priorities"

June 12, 2019 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC


Co-hosted by North Carolina Campus Compact, Kentucky Campus Compact, Virginia Campus Compact and national Campus Compact

Inspired by Eric Liu’s You Are More Powerful than You Think and his notion of civic power, this interactive workshop will introduce the concept of community colleges as “Civic Powerhouses” generating power in the civic life of their students and campuses. How can community colleges harness their true public purpose by educating for democracy and sending it out to making a difference in the civic lives of the community that they serve?

Facilitated by Verdis Robinson, Campus Compact’s director of community college engagement, the institute will explore model programs in diverse community colleges that are effectively advancing learning and student success through civic engagement and a strong commitment to the public purposes of higher education. 

Through a series of panels, small group dialogues, and larger conversations, we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of community colleges and their critical role in preparing students to be informed, active, and mobilized leaders in their communities, states, and the world.


Registration is $75 pp (for Campus Compact members and non-members). The deadline is May 31. 



A limited number of scholarships are available for members of the Compacts in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. The scholarship application is due May 24. Applicants will be notified on May 27. Learn more | Apply

Contact Leslie Garvin with any registration questions. 


Verdis Robinson, Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact

As an advocate of community college civic education, Robinson leads the new national network Community Colleges for Democracy as part of his portfolio. Before becoming a director at Campus Compact, Robinson was a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Robinson is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. He is also a Public Scholar of Humanities New York.


Year Location Topic/Name
2018 Elon UniversityPlanning for Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement Activities
2017 Elon University

The Future of Alternative Service Breaks: Deeper Learning and Impact" (program booklet)


2016 Elon UniversityRecognizing Implicit Bias in Community Engagement
2015 Bennett College for Women Diving Deep in Community Engagement
2013 High Point UniversityAlternative Service Experiences Institute
(see the Alternative Break Resources page here

East Carolina University
Queens University of Charlotte


Tracking and Measuring Community Engagement:  Articulating Methods that Align with Current and Future Institutional Goals 

(see the Monitoring and Measuring page here)

Thanks to our 2012 sponsors Noblehour and Lyon Software  

2010 Barton College2010 CEAC program booklet
2009 Davidson College2009 CEAC program booklet
2008 Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center
(Concord, NC)
Closer to the Goal: Going Deeper in our Civic Engagement Efforts

Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center
(Concord, NC)

2007 CSD-SLD program booklet
2006 Wake Forest University20/20 Visioning 
2005 Blue Ridge Assembly (Black Mountain, NC)2005 CSD-SLD program booklet
2004 Caraway Conference Center 
(Sophia, NC)
2004 CSD-SLD program booklet
2003 Carolina Inn
(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.