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. In 2008, the event became the Community Engagement Administrators Conference (CEAC). 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.
June 7, 2016 at Elon University
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
2015 CEAC Highlights
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.
Online Learning Community
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.
Exploring the Past: Looking Back to Move Forward
The morning began with Patti and Sarah providing an overview of the history of community engagement in higher education.
Living in the Present through Practice Analysis and Self-Reflection
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
Forward Thinking: Looking to the Future
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.
CEAC was on hiatus in 2011 and 2014.