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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration/check-in 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.) 

Duke University School of Medicine,
Trent Semans Conference Center

Increasing numbers of higher education institutions are embracing community/civic engagement and social innovation/entrepreneurship. However, in many instances, these two approaches to social change arise from different places on campus and have developed and expanded on separate but parallel pathways. We believe this is a critical time to bring together practitioners and scholars in both movements to examine and critique both approaches and explore opportunities for alignment and collaboration. Institutions are asked to assemble teams with representatives involved in this work.

NC Campus Compact is pleased to partner with Duke University's Office of Civic Engagement, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, and Office of Service-Learning for this one-time event.

1) Define social innovation and community engagement
2) Discuss strengths and deficits in each model
3) Explore collaborative models
4) Identify ways individual institutions can align their S.I./C.E. efforts

Keynote "Community Engagement and Social Innovation: Collaborations, Disagreements, and the Value of Both"

Dr. David Scobey

David Scobey is Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Education.  Between 2010 and 2014, he served as the Executive Dean of The New School’s School for Public Engagement.  From 2005 to 2010, he was the Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Community Partnerships and the inaugural Director of the Harward Center For Community Partnerships at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  Prior to that, he was Associate Professor of Architecture in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and founding Director of the Arts of Citizenship Program at the University of Michigan.  Scobey holds a doctorate from Yale’s Program in American Studies; his scholarship focuses on politics, culture, urbanism, and space in 19th-century America.  He is the author of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (Temple University Press, 2002) and numerous articles on 19th-century U.S. cultural and urban history.  He has been the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, a Senior Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and other fellowships.  He is currently at work on a book about non-traditional undergraduates—the large majority of U.S. college students—and their importance to the future of higher education.

Since launching the Arts of Citizenship Program at Michigan nearly twenty years ago, Scobey has been committed to integrating civic and community engagement into history, the humanities and arts, and undergraduate liberal education.  In 2004, he was a finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Prize, a national faculty award given by Campus Compact for community-based teaching.  He serves on the national advisory boards for Project Pericles, the Bringing Theory To Practice project, and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life.


8:30 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Opening Session - Context, Roll Call, & Mapping Exercise  – Leslie Garvin, Executive Director, NC Campus Compact and Leslie Parkins, Assistant Director, Duke Office of Civic Engagement

10:30 a.m. – Framing and Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Eric Mlyn, Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement and Peter Lange Executive Director, DukeEngage
Keynote – “"Community Engagement and Social Innovation: Collaborations, Disagreements, and the Value of Both" - David Scobey, School of Education, University of Michigan and former Dean and Professor of the New School of Public Engagement 

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00 p.m. -  Research on service-learning and social entrepreneurship (David Malone, Joan Clifford, Amy Anderson, . Matt Serra, and Dane Emmerling, Duke University) 

1:45 p.m.
Collaborative Models Showcase

  • DukeEngage Detroit - Matt Nash, Managing Director for Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University
  • Community Empowerment Fund -  Maggie West, Program Director, CEF, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke
  • Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Service-Learning at Belmont University (former) - Bernard Turner, Director, Social Entrepreneurship Program and Tim Stewart, Director, Service-Learning
  • The Ripple Effect - Lane Perry, Director, Center for Service-Learning, Western Carolina University
  • National models - Debbi Brock, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Wingate University

3:45 p.m. – Facilitated team discussions

4:30 p.m. -  Adjournment

Parking and Walking Instructions

Parking is in the Duke Medicine Circle Parking garage located at 302 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710. You can park in any available (non-reserved) space in the garage. Be sure to pick up a parking pass at the Forum as you exit. The parking fee was included in registration. 

The walk from the parking garage to the Trent Semans Conference Center is about 5 minutes. Walk to the stairwell to the first floor of the parking garage, which will take you back out to Trent Drive. Once outside you will see blue pillar signs below with arrows to Trent Semans. 

The signs will lead you across the Medical Circle (there is a walking path) and you will see the Duke Cancer Center on your left. Follow the path until you are facing the Duke Cancer Center. Walk around the right side of the building where you will see an elevated walkway. Walk under the walkway and the Trent Semans building will be on your right. Walk up the four steps to the building. There is also a ramp leading to the building. 

You will enter the building through the second floor and see the Nosh Cafe inside on the left of the doorway. Walk through the hallway in front of you, where you see the restroom signs. The elevator and stairs are on the right. Take the stairs to the ground/zero level.   

Download instructions here. 



Each NC Campus Compact member institution was invited to select a team leader. The team leader should select and register their team. If you are not sure who the team leader is for your institution, please contact Rene Summers. Non-members can register directly through the link. 

Register here. Registration closes on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Fee: $75 pp (includes one-day parking permit). Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 


Diversity & Democracy: Summer 2016, Vol.19, No.3
"Social Innovation and Civic Engagement"