Conversations, Classes, and Creative Opportunities about Civic Engagement

Lauren D. Cunningham, AD for Academic Service-Learning, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, UNC Greensboro

March 29, 2018

The 2018 Spring Engagement Series at UNC Greensboro (SES) featured special guest facilitator and scholar-practitioner,  Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Longo.  Dr. Longo currently serves as the chair of Public and Community Service Studies and as faculty in Global Studies at Providence College in Providence, RI.  Dr. Longo was in Greensboro, NC recently for The 2018 Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference as the keynote speaker and guest facilitator. Both annual events are hosted by North Carolina Campus Compact (NCCC), and this year were held at Elon University in Elon, NC.  The Civic Engagement Institute and PACE Conference took place on February 13th and 14th, also featuring co-facilitator Dr. Timothy Schaffer, an assistant professor in the Department of Community Studies and the assistant director of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University. 

 The Executive Director of NCCC, Leslie Garvin partnered with UNC Greensboro to extend Dr. Longo’s stay in North Carolina. Dr. Longo was the featured guest facilitator for the 2018 SES on Thursday, February 15th and Friday, February 16th. Over the course of two days, Dr. Longo facilitated five workshops that helped to generate and co-create knowledge with students, faculty, staff, and community partners. The robust learning environments created in the workshops allowed participants to explore, discover, discuss, and consider the civic engagement practices of today, yesterday, and the future. 

As a way of capturing such an engaging and remarkable week, I requested interviews with Leslie Garvin and Dr. Nick Longo. Garvin and I took a few moments to discuss the compact, this year’s institute and conference, and her thoughts on higher education’s role in civic education. After the SES, Dr. Longo reflected with me on his visit to UNC Greensboro, his introduction to civic engagement as an undergraduate, and how he is using deliberative pedagogy with students at Providence College. 

Listen to both interviews below.

The following podcasts were recorded on February 14, 2018 and February 16, 2018.  To learn more about the SES at UNC Greensboro contact the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning  at 336-256-0538 or via email at [email protected].  The SES was sponsored by the following offices at UNC Greensboro.  

  • Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
  • Institute for Community and Economic Engagement
  • International Programs
  • Office of Intercultural Engagement
  • Lloyd International Honors College
  • Department of Communication Studies

SES workshops led by Dr. Longo. 

  • Next Generation Engagement
  • Global Education Through Local Engagement
  • Leadership Thick vs. Leadership Thin
  • Teaching Leadership Through Civic Engagement
  • Community-Engaged Narrative Methodologies

Interview with Nicholas Longo

Interview with Leslie Gavin

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