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Mar. 2017 | Vol. 5  Issue 7
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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

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 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 

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

The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being 

A Bringing Theory to Practice Project National Conference

May 24-26, 2017
Chicago, IL

Registration Deadline: Apr. 6, 2017

We know now, more than ever, that engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and attention to wholeness and student well-being are more than just important or central to the heart of higher education—our dedication to them is our moral imperative as a society, and they are capable of securing the future of our democracy. Higher education’s promise as an enduring institution of democracy continues to be ours to fulfill.

As facilitators of this educational enterprise, we owe it to students to attend to the diversity of their intersecting identities and to the ways in which those identities intersect with those of community members; with curricula, campus designs, and programs; and with institutional priorities. Even if it weren’t enough to attend to these factors simply because the integrity of the enterprise demands it, the consequences of not doing so have never been plainer, as illustrated by the rash of recent clashes seen on campuses related to identity politics and free speech, to name just two examples. Registration is $225 per individual; $175 per person for a team of 3 or more Students (including graduate students) attend free. Visit The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being Conference website for more information.

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 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.

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

Sept. 14-16, 2017 
Galway, Ireland

Proposals deadline: March 10

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

Sept. 26-27, 2017 
Birmingham, Ala.

Proposals deadline: March 15

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 link 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

Submission deadline: March 20

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.

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 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.

Recent Publications

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

Volume 5 of Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research has been published online. This publication is a refereed, multidisciplinary online undergraduate journal publishing intellectual and reflective work on service learning and community-based research. It is open to undergraduate students in the U.S. and across the globe. Volume 5 includes 16 essays by students in a wide range of disciplines. The journal is published through the Penn State University, Berks Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research. 

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