UNCW to Host 2014 North Carolina Campus Compact Events Feb. 4-5

Monday, February 03, 2014

As a result of UNCW's model leadership in creating campus-community partnerships, the university has been selected to host the North Carolina Campus Compact conferences on Feb. 4-5. Chancellor Gary L. Miller is a member of the executive advisory board for Campus Compact, and Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships, served on the planning committee for this year's events.

Founded in 2002 and hosted by Elon University, North Carolina Campus Compact regularly convenes faculty, staff, students, and community partners to further knowledge and practice related to higher education civic engagement. This week's events include:

Feb. 4 - Civic Engagement Institute: Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development
Nearly 200 participants from 24 institutions and partner organizations will choose among 26 workshops at this annual institute, where interdisciplinary teams from explore a special topic related to higher education community engagement. The institute will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Burney Center.

This year's institute - "Anchoring Community Vitality: Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development" - explores connections between the community engagement and economic development activities of colleges and universities. Special guests and presenters include:

  • Chancellors of UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, and NC A&T State University
  • President Richard Guarasci, Wagner College
  • Leslie Boney, UNC General Administration
  • Christopher Gergen, Forward Impact and Center for Creative Leadership

Feb. 5 - Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference
The Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference seeks to inform and advance the research and practice of community engagement by sharing research, model programs, and best practices related to service-learning, civic engagement, and community partnerships. The PACE Conference will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Burney Center.

Nearly 300 participants from 40 institutions and partner organizations in 9 states will attend 35 workshops on a range of topics, including civic engagement at community colleges, asset-based community development, social entrepreneurship and service-learning. Special guests and presenters include:

  • Jody Kretzman, co-founder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute
  • Gail Robinson, expert on community college engagement
  • Barbara Holland, expert on measuring engagement and building institutional support

Feb. 5 - NC College Chancellors, Presidents Discuss Role of Higher Education in Community, Economic Development
North Carolina Campus Compact hosts a Presidents Forum annually for member campus presidents and chancellors. The 2014 forum will take place during the network's annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference at UNCW. The forum will meet 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Burney Center.

This year's topic - the role of higher education in community and economic development - will consider new research, model programs, and emerging issues across the state and nation. In addition to UNCW Chancellor Miller, notable attendees and presenters include:

  • Chancellor Kenneth Peacock, Appalachian State University, and Chair of the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board
  • President Nido Qubein of High Point University
  • President Leo Lambert of Elon University
  • President Richard Guarasci of Wagner College in New York
  • Andy Chan, Vice President of Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University