Civic Engagement Institute
(For members only)

Launched in 2007, this Institute is designed to thoroughly explore one civic engagement topic during a day-long gathering. Teams of faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners from NC Campus Compact member campuses are invited to attend.  Starting in 2018, the conference became bienniel. It will occur only on even-numbered years. 


Stay posted for the dates and location of the 2020 Civic Engagement Institute 

Past Institutes

Year Theme (click on the title to
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Keynote Speaker (s)
2018Education for Democracy: Promoting Civility and Problem Solving through Deliberative Pedagogy

Dr. Timothy Shaffer, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, assistant director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University and principal research specialist with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona

Dr. Nicholas Longo, chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies, Providence College

Co-authors of “Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement” (July 2017, MSU Press)


Social Change Forum

Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Sharing Lessons, Cultivating Collaborations

We suspended PACE in 2017 to encourage support of the Gulf South Summit 2017 hosted by UNC Greensboro.

We partnered with Duke in March 2017 to host a Social Change Forum. Click here for highlights.

2016Democratic Education: 100 Years Beyond Dewey

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Professor Emeritus of English and Media Studies, Bentley University
Dr. Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President, The Democracy Collaborative

Click here for highlights.

2015A Common Agenda for Collective Impact: Campus, Community, Compact

The 2015 Civic Engagement Institute was cancelled due to inclement weather. The event was replaced by a 7-part "Collective Impact Webinar Series." Learn more about the series at the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute website.

2014Anchoring Community Vitality: Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development

Allan Freyer, Budget and Tax Center, NC Justice Center
Leslie Boney, UNC General Administration
Brent Kanipe and Thomas Ward, Town of Williamston, NC
Dr. Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington
Bill Saffo, Wilmington, NC
Dr. Richard Guarasci, Wagner College

Click here for highlights.

Click here for the 2014 CEI Follow-Up Recommendations.

2013Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community

Dr. Peter Levine, Tufts University/CIRCLE
Dr. Judith Ramaley, Portland State University

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Intensifying Impact:  Engagement Matters

For the 10th Anniversary of NC Campus Compact, we combined the annual PACE conference with the Institute to create one celebratory event.

Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, AAC & U
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chancellor Philip Dubois, UNC Charlotte
President Carol Quillen, Queens University of Charlotte
President R. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System

 2011A Deep Commitment to Our Communities: Anchor Institutions, Engagement and Collaboration Dr. Cathy Burack, Brandeis University
Hillary Kane, PHENND
Dr. David Maurrasse, Marga Incorporated
 2010Civic Engagement Through Social Entrepreneurship Dr. Brett Smith, Miami University
Al Delia, Senior Advisor to NC Governor Bev Perdue
Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden Leaf Foundation
Judith Cone, UNC Chapel Hill, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  2009Next Generation Success: Retention and Civic Engagement Dr. James H. Johnson,William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Wayne Meisel, President of the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation
Robyn Hadley, Executive Director of "What's After High School?"
Community Partners as Co-Educators Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University
Dr. Tania Mitchell, Stanford University
2007Developing and Expanding International Service-Learning on Your Campus Dr. Barbara Holland, Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Dr. Richard Kiely, Cornell University
Dr. Maureen Porter, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Kalyan Ray, International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
Dr. Humphrey Tonkin, University Professsor of the Humanities and President Emeritus of the University of Hartford

Contact Leslie Garvin for more information.