Conversations, Classes, and Creative Opportunities about Civic Engagement
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.
Strategic Partnerships and Civic Engagement on College Campuses
Institutions of higher learning must become more proactive in revitalizing American democracy. With a prevalence of newly registered voters, colleges and universities are perfectly situated to create life-long active citizens by providing students with opportunities to engage in the democratic process outside the classroom. Such opportunities are greatly enhanced by partnerships with diverse academic departments and organizations both on campus and within the local community.
NASPA Region III Events at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference
Check out these things NASPA Region III is offering in Philadelphia. We hope to see you there!
Starting Small: Developing a Civic Ethos at a Community College
Nationally, community college’s primary focus is to serve their district through improved local economies and workforce development initiatives. Working regionally, colleges create and offer degree programs to serve the local employment demand or for students to transfer to a four-year institution. So how does civic engagement efforts fit into a mission focused on workforce needs? Many times, civic engagement work is not an emphasis, so the question becomes, how do community colleges develop a civic ethos to introduce and educate students on community/social justice issues?
Engaging Civic Ethos through Creed Week
In 1998 during a particularly tumultuous time on a campus struggling with an infusion of diversity that forced students and employees alike to question their assumptions about inclusivity, Kennesaw State University developed a Student Human Relations Task Force to guide and inform the transition of campus culture. To that end, The Owl Creed (so named for the institutional mascot) was born as an aspirational statement to define the character of the institution and establish a civic ethos for all future generations of students, their families, faculty, staff, and the greater local and global communities within which the members of the institution serve.
A Canned Response
Although space management and logistics, financial systems, human resources, inventory and use practices were a lot of moving parts - they eventually came together. As this process continued on, we were able to think a little deeper: are they additional ways we can facilitate learning, action, and agency around food insecurity?