Network Meetings
(for members only)

These meetings offer civic engagement administrators (faculty and staff) the opportunity to connect with NC Campus Compact staff and colleagues at other schools in the network. The agenda includes a professional development session, lunch, business meeting (with NC Campus Compact updates), and time for member campuses to share their highlights. 

Network meetings occur  in early August and early January. If you are hosting a meeting, click here to download an overview of responsibilities. There is no charge to attend these meetings but you must RSVP. Questions? Contact Chad Fogleman.

Winter 2019 Network Meetings

Please plan to attend the meeting that is most convenient. The same content will be shared at each gathering. 

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Jan. 3 - Eastern Region - Durham Technical Community College
Jan. 4 - Western Region - Davidson County Community College

RSVP by December 14. 

Past Network Meetings

August 2018 Network Meetings

The summer network meetings were held at Western Carolina University (August 1) and Wayne Community College (August 2).  At both gatherings the morning professional development session supported NC Campus Compact's Community of Practice, Inquiry, and Learning (COPIL) and involved a facilitated set of discussions and exercises exploring some of the key concepts in the Service Learning, Community Engagement (SLCE) field as well as democratically engaged partnerships. COPIL is using this information to produce knowledge to support the field in NC and beyond. 

Institutions who have begun implementing their Civic Action Plans also provided updates on their progress. Thank you to Western Carolina University, UNC Charlotte,  Queens University of Charlotte, Elon University, UNC Wilmington, and Davidson County Community College for presenting. 

For the western region meeting participants brought donations of non-perishable food items for Homebase, a partner agency at Western Carolina University that supports college students who have aged out of foster or residential care. For the eastern region meeting participants brought games and toys (pictured)  for North Drive Elementary School, which is the partner elementary school for Wayne Community College. This K-2 school primarily serves low income and working-class families. To encourage good behavior, the school has a 'Cub Bucks' incentive program with a school store offering students small prizes. The donations collected helped stock the store with prizes for the year. 

Finally several campuses shared "Bright Spots" or effective or innovative community and civic engagement work they are doing. 

Agenda Handout

January 2018 Network Meetings

The Winter 2018 network meeting was held at Wake Forest University, January 3. Thanks to the Pro Humanitate Center at Wake Forest for hosting the event and the Greater Triad branch of the Diaper Brank of NC for hosting the service project following the meeting. The professional development session included a review and small group discussions related to the new NC Campus Compact strategic plan as well as a facilitated conversation about free speech using the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education "Free Speech & Inclusion on Campus" discussion guide. 

Due to inclement weather, we had to cancel the January 4 eastern region meeting, to be hosted by Durham Technical Community College. 

August 2017 Network Meetings

The Summer 2017 network meetings were held at Pfeiffer University (August 1) and UNC Pembroke (August 3). Thanks to these campuses for hosting and especially to Pfeiffer President Colleen Perry Keith and UNCP Chancellor Robin G. Cummings for welcoming our network! Our morning sessions included roundtable discussions on topics selected by participants, as well as lighting presentations of scholarship by colleagues. The following documents were shared at the meeting:

January 2017 Network Meetings

The Winter 2017 network meetings were held at Queens University of Charlotte (January 4) and Meredith College in Raleigh (January 5). Thanks to these institutions for hosting. Across the two session, 50 individuals representing 24 campuses attended. Our morning session focused on three topics: civic action planning, sustaining election engagement, and equity and diversity. The following documents were shared at the meeting:

August 2016 Network Meetings 

Thanks to the community engagement staff at Davidson College and UNC Wilmington for hosting.

Below are the documents from the professional development session "Creating a Strong Civic Action Plan."

For additional resources visit the national Campus Compact Civic Action Plan websites

January 2016 Network Meetings

Looking ahead to elections of 2016, our morning PD session focused on fostering student electoral engagement and featured guest experts Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy NC and Mike Burns, national director of the Campus Vote Project, a program of the Fair Elections Legal Network. We learned about the latest iteration of NC's voter registration and ID laws, discussed best practices and challenges for campuses fostering student civic learning through electoral engagement, and heard updates from members schools about local developments in community and civic engagement. 

Special thanks to Warren Wilson College and NC State University for hosting these meetings! Over the two days, 53 fac/staff attended representing 21 of our 35 member campuses. 

Please find links to shared documents and recommended resources below:

Suggested pre-work: participants should review the Campus Election Engagement Project’s Campus Self-Assessment and the Campus Vote Project’s Best Practices Guide

Resources about voting in NC:

2016 Student Voting Guide for North Carolina (from Campus Vote Project)
NC Guide to College Voting (from Democracy NC)
Vote with or without a Photo ID (pdf), also
Voter Registration Kit (link to downloadable resources from Democracy NC)

Resources for campuses to support student electoral engagement:

NC College Student Voting: Issues & Strategies (PowerPoint)
Your Campus Vote Plan (worksheet)
Developing Strategic Goals for Voter Registration (worksheet)
Higher Education Act Dear Colleague Letter - clarifies obligation of colleges/universities to provide voter registration information to students

Key tips/takeways for campuses: 

  • Get a team, make a plan, work the plan!
  • Sign-up for NSLVE - National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement - provides free data on student registration and voting rates for your campus!
  • Reach out to your local BOE to learn how student addresses should be listed on voting registration forms and to discuss making your campus a one-stop early voting site.
  • Consider using tools like TurboVote (cost) or Rock the Vote (free) to help students obtain voter registration forms and receive election reminders.
  • Recruit and support a Campus Compact Election Engagement Fellow to lead election-related activities on your campus, or connect with student organizers working on your campus through other organizations.
  • Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27!
  • When registering, students should use their full name as it appears on the ID whose # they use to register (either a NC DL or SS card.)
  • Tell students to save the voter registration card they receive from the local BOE after registering! The card can be used as documentation to cast a provisional ballot if student lacks acceptable ID.
  • Encourage students to vote during early voting period - early voting allows out-of-precinct voting and allows time to resolve issues with ID, etc. before election day.

August 2015 Network Meetings

Thank you to the community engagement staff at Central Piedmont Community College and Methodist University for hosting. We are also grateful to the following presenters, who spoke during the professional development sessions on "Becoming an Engaged Campus: Best Practices and Lessons Learned." 

  • Mary Morrison, Elon University, Assistant Dean and Director, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
  • Bob Frigo, Associate Director, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
  • Evan Small, Assistant Director for Student Programs, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
  • Melody Wiggins, Wake Technical Community College, Coordinator, Office of Volunteerism & (Student) Leadership (O.V.A.L)
  • Dr. Leslie Parkins, UNC Chapel Hill, Senior Program Officer for Service-Learning, Carolina Center for Public Service
  • Dr. Lane Perry, Western Carolina University, Director, Center for Service Learning
  • Jennifer Cooper, Western Carolina University, Assistant Director, Center for Service Learning
  • Annie Hall, Western Carolina University, Administrative Support Associate, Center for Service Learning
  • Dena Shonts, Central Piedmont Community College, Director of Service-Learning
  • Cathy Kramer, Warren Wilson College, Dean of Service
  • Brooke Millsaps, Warren Wilson College, Assistant Dean for Service-Learning



K-12 survey report

K-12 survey program highlights 

January 2015 Network Meetings

Thanks to Duke University, specifically the DukeEngage and Duke Community Service Center, and the Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Development Innovation Center for hosting the meetings. We appreciate the 53 civic engagement professionals who attended representing 21 institutions. Read a blog post about the gathering here.

Download the agenda here.

A special thank you to Dr. Silvia Bettez, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department, UNC Greensboro School of Education, who facilitated the professional develepment session on "Social Justice and Self-Reflection for Civic Engagement Professionals."

Download a handout from the session here

Facilitator bio: 

Silvia C. Bettez received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University. Her primary areas of specialization include: Sociology of Education; Race, Class, and Gender Intersections; Critical Multicultural Education; Qualitative Research Methods; and Feminist Gender Studies. Her dissertation research project explores the life stories of sixteen adult mixed race women who have one white parent and one parent who is a person of color. The research examines how participants navigate their hybridity, what we can learn from their stories in our efforts to communicate across lines of racial difference, and what experiences the women share that cross racial and ethnic lines. Dr. Bettez has publications (current and forthcoming) that cover a variety of topics related to social justice including: social justice activist teaching, the experiences of Latinas in higher education, and teaching globalization to privileged students. Download her CV here.

August 2014 Network Meetings

Thanks to UNC Greensboro (Institute for Community and Economic Engagement) and Appalachian State University (Appalachian and Community Together) for hosting the meetings. We appreciate the 60 civic engagement professionals who attended representing 24 institutions. Read a blog post about the gathering here.

Download the agenda here

A special thank you to Julie Plaut, Executive Director and John Hamerlinck, Associate Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, who facilitated the professional development sessions based on their 2014 publication "Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education." This book contains thoughtful essays and case studies that explore the opportunities at the intersection of campus-community partnerships and Asset-Based Community Development. We were pleased that Janni Sorensen and Tara Bengle, faculty at UNC Charlotte also discussed their chapter in the book, "On the Path to Neighborhood Transformation: Social Capital, Physical Improvements, and Empowerment in Partnership."  They discussed the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP).  

January 2014 Network Meetings

Thanks to Catawba Valley Community College (Corporate Development Center) and Wake Technical Community College for hosting and to the 42 individuals representing 22 colleges and universities in attendance. We truly appreciate Adrienne Cole, Executive Director of the Wake County Economic Development and Dr. Tom White, Director of the Economic Development Partnership at NC State for facilitating the professional development session on "CEAs in conversation with Economic Development on Campus and in the Community"


August 2013 Network Meetings

Thanks to Lenoir-Rhyne University and Meredith College for hosting the August meetings. We truly appreciate the 56 staff and faculty, representing 27 campuses, who attended.

Meeting Handouts and Links

2013-14 calendar
Holland Matrix "Levels of Commitment to Community Engagement"
Civic Engagement Administrator Word Cloud
The Engaged Campus: Civic Engagement Teaches Workplace Skills [Minnesota Campus Compact]
Central/Southern Campus Compact Speakers Bureau

January 2013 Network Meetings

Thanks to Catawba Valley Community College and East Carolina University for hosting the meetings.  Over 60 staff and faculty from 29 member campuses discussed trends and issues in the field of campus-community engagement, shared their best practices and initiatives and networked with colleagues across the state.

Meeting Handouts and Links

2013 NC Campus Compact calendar document, online link
2013-14 VISTA Host Site Application website link
Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference flyer,  CEI website, PACE website
Civic Engagement Awards
Partnerships online journal
E-newsletters (Digest and Friday Update)

Click here for previous Professional Development topics and resources.

Questions?  Contact Leslie Garvin.