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May 2017 | Vol. 5  Issue 9
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Center for Civic Engagement News

Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conferences

Call for Conference Proposals

Call for Faculty Award Nominations

Recent Publications

Grant Opportunity

Community Partnerhsip Opportunity

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Center for Civic Engagement News

We Have Issues: Strategies for contacting elected officials

Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 1 to 2 p.m.
Center for Civic Engagement (UU-137)

The Center for Civic Engagement's new initiative, We Have Issues, offers a supportive, nonpartisan space for students, faculty and staff who wish to make their voices heard and contact their elected officials regarding issues they care about. Participants can come to one meeting or many to find out which elected officials represent them, learn strategies for contacting officials and stay on the beat about local, state and federal policy issues up for consideration. For more information, email Jenn Dum at

Donate your old computer and help Bridge the Digital Divide!

Have any unwanted laptops or desktops? Binghamton University's Bridging the Digital Divide Project is collecting units that will be refurbished and donated to community members in need. Please bring your unwanted PC and/or Mac laptops (with power supply) and desktops to the Center for Civic Engagement office in UU-137. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on an ongoing basis. Donations of monitors, keyboards, mice and cabling are also welcome. Prior to installing new software on hard drives, all donated machines will be wiped clean and overwritten. State-purchased property cannot be accepted. Contact Lynn Morris at or call 607-777-2536 with any questions.

Donate children's books for the Bright Green Bookshelf

The Center for Civic Engagement is collecting new and gently used children's books (appropriate for preschoolers and kindergarteners). The goal of the Bright Green Bookshelf initiative is to stock bookshelves in the community with books, which children and families can pick up and either keep or return to the bookshelf when they're finished, thus encouraging reading outside of school hours.The bookshelves will provide students who do not have access to books at home with an opportunity to engage in at-home reading with parents and family.

There is a donation bin in the CCE office (UU-137). If you have any books that you would like to donate to community children, please drop them off at this location. Questions can be directed to Cynthia Defranco at This program is based on the Bright Red Bookshelf, which was created by the Family Reading Partnership in Ithaca, NY.

Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conferences 

Connecting Campuses with Communities Conference

May 15-19, 2017
Indianapolis, Ind.

The Connecting Campuses with Communities Conference will include a Service Learning Institute and Research Academy to achieve the following objectives:

  • To increase the number of high quality service learning courses
  • To share promising practices and generate new ideas
  • To enhance reflection, assessment, and partnerships in service learning classes
  • To build a network of service learning practitioners
  • To strengthen research on service learning and community engagement
  • To advance the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • To provide consultation and feedback on research ideas
  • To build a network of service learning scholars
Topics will include:
  • Integrating curricula and research
  • Developing measurement approaches; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
  • Designing theory-grounded research questions using ethical methods
  • Writing research proposals and manuscripts

For more information, view the flyer or contact Laura Weaver or Tom Hahn

Intergroup Dialogue in Context

June 13-16, 2017 
Cornell University

Intergroup Dialogue is a specific form of communication especially designed for people to communicate across social, cultural, and power differences in a critical and meaningful way. Blending theory with experiential learning, intergroup dialogue allows for the exploration of core social justice issues related to social identities, conflict, privilege, oppression, community, and solidarity.

 This conference will focus on the ways in which our teaching and practice of intergroup dialogue have both an impact on and is influenced by contemporary personal, institutional, national, and global contexts.

Some of the questions we will be engaging with will include:

  • What are the new best practices for intergroup dialogue courses and facilitation in light of current times? 
  • What are some strategies for creating, building, and/or sustaining intergroup dialogue programs in institutional settings?  
  • What are the new best practices or strategies for recruiting and training faculty and staff in facilitation techniques? 
  • What are some strategies and successes in developing community, co-curricular, and other integrative and interdisciplinary initiatives?
  • What has the impact or outcomes of intergroup dialogue related research been?
  • How to apply intergroup dialogue concepts in non-academic settings?

Learn more online.

Institute on Academic Service-Learning

June 15, 2017 
St. John's University, Queens Campus
Queens, N.Y. 11439

$75 Registration Fee for Campus Compact Members
$125 for Non-Members

Facilitated by Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, former Professor of English at Bentley University and academic service-learning pioneer, this program is designed for faculty who want to explore and/or deepen their understanding and practice of academic service-learning.  Dr. Zlotkowski founded the Bentley Service-Learning Center in 1990. The Center provides university wide support for all undergraduate departments and has aided a quarter of the Bentley full-time faculty and several thousand students in participating in service-learning projects.  He has led service-learning workshops for international, national and regional organizations as well as for several hundred individual campuses and writes and speaks extensively on a wide range of service-learning and engagement-related topics.

The Institute is open to all full time and part time faculty and administrators who teach.  Your attendance at this program will result in certification in academic service-learning. 

  • To explore or deepen your understanding of the academic service-learning pedagogy and be better prepared to be an advocate of academic service-learning at your institution and with your colleagues
  • To design or re-design your course outline to include an academic service-learning component which can be used for your course
  • To identify the connection of your Institutional Mission and/or Strategic Plan to academic service-learning
  • To identify ways to build a community partnership
  • To identify ways to effectively link reflection and grading to academic service-learning

You will receive:

  • Academic service-learning certificate
  • Institute material with resource information on academic service-learning

Please bring your course syllabus with you. Register online.

8th Global Service-Learning Institute:

Advancing Community-Driven Global Service-Learning

June 29-30, 2017
SUNY Oswego Metro Center
Syracuse, N.Y.  

Fee: $150/person

This Institute will build upon established institute strengths in global service-learning pedagogy and program development, while also integrating more explicit attention to best practices in community-driven global service-learning. Previous institutes have highlighted encouragement of institutional teams and the opportunity to workshop global service-learning coursework and programs during the institute, along with deep collaboration, dialogue with, and learning from like-minded peers. Given the success previous institutes, we will continue to provide participants with the opportunity to further develop their global service-learning programs - whether they are novice or advanced - in centrally located Syracuse, New York.

The Institute is uniquely designed to be collaborative, open, and participatory. Past attendees have found the format and design offers opportunities for in-depth conversation, quality feedback, and network-building.  In addition, we welcome questions, suggestions and comments throughout scheduled programming.

Who Should Attend?

  • Faculty, professional staff and administrators currently working on International Affairs that have an interest in service-learning
  • Faculty, professional staff and administrators currently using service-learning pedagogy that have an interest in the global/international contexts of their domestic programs
  • Teams and individuals currently working on the SUNY Applied Learning Initiative interested in the intersection of service-learning and international education. 

Topics discussed:  

  • Community-driven GSL
  • GSL course and program design
  • Learning outcomes, reflection and assessment
  • Community-Campus Partnership Models 
  • Safety and risk management

Sponsors:  Cornell University, Engaged Cornell, New York Campus Compact, Amizade Global Service-Learning, the State University of New York  Register online

2017 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Sept. 14-16, 2017
Galway, Ireland 

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 conference. IARSLCE is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentations, symposiums, and keynotes is on research incorporating a variety of theoretical, methodologies, and perspectives. The conference also serves as a gathering place for networking and association business meetings for members. A significant component of the conference is the mentoring of graduate students and new faculty members interested in advancing their own research agendas in this field. This year’s conference theme is: Gateways- Charting New Territories & Forging Authentic Relationships. Visit the IARSLCE conference webpage for more information.

18th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference

September 26-27
Birmingham, Alabama  

This year’s conference will explore Best Practices in Community Engaged Scholarship across disciplines, communities, and geography. Proposals are sought for presentations and posters that will inform or advance the scholarship and practice of Engaged Scholarship and University-Community Partnerships through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration, or successful civic engagement practices. Staff, faculty, students and community members are all encouraged to apply. See the full ESC Call for Proposals and online submission or visit the official conference website for more details.

17th Annual Imaging America National Conference

Oct. 12-14, 2017 
Davis, California
Hosted by the University of California, Davis 

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do. While all proposals that resonate with IA’s Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals will be considered, we especially seek creative session proposals that engage with Communities, Arts, Lands, and Learning (C.A.L.L.).

  • How does your work engage with communities?
  • How are you applying knowledges through the humanities, design, and arts?
  • How is your engaged research, placemaking, and practice and/or lived experience informed by different understandings of lands?
  • How might equity be advanced through engaged and creative ways of learning?

Submissions of past, ongoing, and speculative work are welcomed. Diversity and inclusiveness are key values of this conference, and the conference organizers want to receive any disabilities accommodations needed to support your full participation.

2017 Global Engagement and Social Responsibility

Oct. 12-14, 2017 
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, La. 

As more colleges and universities integrate the language of global learning into campus mission statements and strategic plans, the prominence and profile of global learning continues to rise. Institutional cases for offering global learning across all disciplines and majors have been made. Global learning ensures that students draw from scholarship generated across the globe to solve problems that exist both at home and abroad. In order to truly provide integrated global learning opportunities for all students, it is essential to understand what global learning means in diverse contexts on our campuses, in our nation, and throughout the world and to offer multiple opportunities for global learning across the curriculum and co-curricular activities both on and off campus. Learn more and register online.

Call for Conference Proposals

4th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding 

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017
New York City

Submission Deadline: June 9

The 4th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding seeks to inspire and coordinate a global effort to humanize humanity by providing a platform and an opportunity for a pluridisciplinary, scholarly, and meaningful discussion on how to live together in peace and harmony, especially in ethnically, racially, or religiously divided societies and countries. Through this pluridisciplinary scholarly encounter, the conference hopes to stimulate inquiries and research studies that draw on knowledge, expertise, methods, and findings from multiple disciplines to address a broad range of problems that inhibit the ability of humans to live together in peace and harmony in different societies and countries, and at different times and in different or similar situations. Interested researchers, theorists, and practitioners from any fields of study, including the natural sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, applied sciences, health sciences, humanities and arts, and so on, are encouraged to submit abstracts and / or full papers for presentation at the conference. Register online.

Call for Faculty Award Nominations

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award Seeks Nominations

Nominations Deadline: June 6, 2017

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career if not in a tenure line) each year. Honorees (who must be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution) are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students' civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education's contributions to the public good. 

The recipient and finalists will be announced September 15, 2017 and will be honored at Campus Compact's National Conference in March 2018. In addition, the winner will receive a $2,000 award.
More information about the award and application guidelines can be found here. The online nomination process is simple, and the application can be found here. Questions about the nomination process can be directed to Michaela Grenier.

Recent Publications

Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education: New Issue Released

The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education is an on-line, refereed journal concerned with exploring community engagement and community-based learning perspective, research, and practice. The Journal publishes a range of research focusing on practical and theoretical insights and understanding, in higher education and across the disciplines and professions. There is a focus on case studies emphasizing community engagement and engaged learning practices, methodology, and pedagogy. The journal also provides a forum for dialogue on the methodological and epistemological issues, enabling different approaches to be subjected to critical reflection and analysis.

Grant Opportunities

Campus Interfaith Innovation Grants 

Application deadline: May 15

Interfaith Youth Core is pleased to offer Campus Interfaith Innovation grants in the amount of $4,000-$5,000 to support campuses as they advance one or more Leadership Practices for Interfaith Excellence in Higher Education.  As religious diversity increases on college and university campuses and our country wrestles with differences that divide us, IFYC seeks to support institutions of higher education as they turn religious diversity into a unifying force in our country.  Through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Fetzer Institute, IFYC is pleased to offer multiple granting opportunities for campuses who wish to advance institutional excellence in interfaith engagement.

Recipients will be announced in July 2017. Grant funding must be spent between August 1st, 2017 – June 30th, 2018. Only one grant will be distributed per campus, but campuses may apply in multiple categories if desired. Visit the IYC website for more information.

Community Partnership Opportunity

Matilda Cuomo Mentoring Initiative

Governor Cuomo and his mother, Matilda, are spearheading the New York State Mentoring Program, which is designed to match some of the state’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged students with volunteers from business and academia in all regions of the state. Mentors are currently being placed with elementary, middle and high school students across the Binghamton City School District.

New York state employees cannot be paid for mentoring, but can use flexible scheduling or personal leave accruals. Department and supervisor approval is required for participation.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Dorner, Mentor NOW Coordinator for Binghamton City School District, at 607-762-8100 ext. 313 or

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