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Center for Civic Engagement News

Save the Date! Community Engaged Scholars Reception

April 21, 2017
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Are you leading a class or research project that involves the community? Are you interested in learning more about community-based teaching and research? Join us for networking and refreshments during Research Days at the Community Engaged Scholars Reception. The Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence and instructors of designated service-learning courses will be available to discuss the challenges and rewards of community-engaged scholarship. Information on how to apply for community engagement grants will be provided. Instructors, staff and students both new to and experienced with engaged scholarship or service-learning are most welcome. RSVP online or to

Co-Sponsors: Division of Student Affairs, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Learning and Teaching

Student Poster Display during 2017 April Research Days

Application deadline: Feb. 24, 2017

Students who are currently or were previously enrolled in a CEL or ASL designated course and conducting community-based research are encouraged to apply to present at Research Days. Any independent or class research project that demonstrates a positive community impact is eligible. Poster displays will be held April 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Mandela Room. More information and the application form can be found on the Research Days website. Presenting students will be recognized with a ribbon and invited to join faculty and staff for refreshments and networking at the Community Engaged Scholars Reception.

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

A farewell note from CCE's founding director, Allison Alden

The staff at the Center for Civic Engagement welcome you to join them in bidding a fond farewell to the center's founding director, Allison Alden. Alden has been employed by Binghamton University since 1986, actively engaged in various forms of community-based teaching, research and scholarship across campus. Alden's work in the CCE since the center's founding in 2010 has vastly improved the academic and personal development of students, as well as the lives of many individuals throughout the greater Binghamton community. Her leadership in the field of community engagement will be greatly missed.

To read a farewell message from Alden, visit the CCE website. In lieu of a reception, cards may be sent to Lucy Friend, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Emails or video greetings may be sent directly to Alden via email.

Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conferences 

2017 Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference

March 15-16, 2017
New York University
New York, NY

Early bird registration ends Feb. 24

Theme: Equity through Community Engagement
Campus Compact believes that higher education is instrumental to creating just, inclusive, sustainable democracy.  In support of that vision, the Eastern Region Campus Compact (ERCC) Conference is a convening of campus executives, scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners, committed to enhancing our democratic society through community and civic engagement.  ERCC provides a venue for thinking critically about the issues, trends, and challenges in our shared work and for building stronger networks among colleagues.

Each year the ERCC identifies a theme for deeper examination. ERCC2017@NYU conference is asking participants to renew our commitment to equity as a core emphasis of our practice while exploring the extent to which community engagement activities contribute to equity in our local and global communities. We aim to explore the challenges and opportunities that arise when we commit to equity in our institutional principles, practices and outcome objectives; and to learn from our efforts to do so thus far. Learn more and register online.

Connecting Campuses with Communities Conference

May 15-19, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Engagement Academy

May 31 - June 2, 2017
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Co-hosted by Pennsylvania Campus Compact and New York Campus Compact

The Engagement Academy program is a professional and institutional development event where campus teams work intensely for 2.5 days supported by instruction and mentoring from top scholars, leaders and practitioners in the field of community engagement.

The goal for each team is to create a clear action plan designed to deepen institutional commitment to and capacity for high quality community engagement. Pre-work helps team identify specific challenges and goals for their campus.  At each stage of the Academy, participants learn new concepts and then craft components of their action plan to improve the alignment of engagement strategies with their institutional mission and goals.

Team members return to their campuses with their action plan and new leadership skills to support successful implementation.

The program reflects a curriculum of core modules such as: 

  • Tying public engagement to institutional priorities
  • Leading strategic change
  • Leading external & internal partnerships
  • Leading resource development

And topical modules such as: 

  • Carnegie Community Engagement classification application
  • Leading monitoring and measuring collective impact

Fee: $600 per person with a minimum of 3 people per team. $500 for each additional team member. Open to Campus Compact members only. Learn more and register online.

8th Global Service-Learning Institute: Advancing Community-Driven Global Service-Learning

June 29-30, 2017
SUNY Oswego Metro Center
Syracuse, NY  

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.

Institute on Project-Based Learning

June 21-24, 2017
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in partnership with AAC&U
Worcester, Massachusetts

Apply through Feb. 13, 2017

The Institute on Project-Based Learning, a flagship offering of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, is a 2.5-day intensive workshop where teams of five or more faculty and administrators from colleges and universities will gain knowledge about project-based learning and make tangible progress to integrate that knowledge into their own curricula. The institute curriculum is a mix of interactive workshops on project-based learning, consultations with institute faculty, and collaborative teamwork.

Participants will come to the institute with a proposal outlining a specific goal or project they would like to advance and will leave the institute with an enhanced understanding of project-based learning and a tailored plan to advance work on their own campuses.

The institute is designed for faculty and administrators from a wide variety of institutions, including public, private, and liberal arts institutions; community colleges; and research universities.

Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work

July 11–14, 2017
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Apply by March 15, 2017 

The Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work is intended for colleges and universities interested in developing faculty and staff leadership to advance programs and curricula that build students’ capacity to integrate their learning—across general education, majors, and the co-curriculum, as well as prior professional, academic, and life experiences inside and outside the classroom.

Each team applying to the Institute will propose an educational change project specific to its own institution, and will commit to developing and supporting faculty leadership for student learning within and across departments—as well as within and across academic and student affairs—focused on integrative and global learning leading to signature work. Teams will leave the Institute having developed action plans for achieving their specific goals. Expert faculty and other teams will provide initial feedback on the plans at the Institute.

Today’s college graduates must be able to apply the knowledge and skills they are learning in real-world contexts to address complex and urgent problems. The Institute provides practical guidance, mentoring, and resources for campus teams working to achieve this goal.

Learn more about the Institute on Integrative Learning and Signature Work.

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. Here is the most recent conference information.

Call for Award Nominations

Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization. Candidates for the Grinnell Prize must be nominated by a third party. If you know a creative problem solver who meets the nomination criteria, please submit the online nomination form. More information can be found online.

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