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Students and Faculty Present at Civic Engagement Institute
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 22, 2013 â€“ A team of High Point University students and faculty recently presented two sessions at North Carolina Campus Compactâ€™s Civic Engagement Institute. The conference, held at Elon University, brought together teams from 28 campuses across North Carolina to focus on the theme â€śBecoming Citizens, Becoming Community.â€ť
The HPU sessions highlighted the universityâ€™s experience with the Democracy USA project. The project is a learning initiative designed to better prepare the nationâ€™s future leaders and challenge the idea that todayâ€™s citizens are losing their ability to work together across differences.
The five-member HPU team included: Dr. Joe Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning and assistant professor of religion and philosophy; Carol Davis, instructor of communication; Sarah Martin, a senior communication major; Greg Sensale, a junior majoring in history and political science; and Ben Turner, a junior communication major. In addition to presenting, Davis also served on the institute planning committee.
The teamâ€™s first session, entitled â€śDemocracy USA: Engaging Students in Class, Across the Country and Around the Globe,â€ť shared the story of HPUâ€™s multi-disciplinary, experiential learning project from fall 2012. The project included more than 30 students attending the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
The second session, led by Davis, Martin, and Turner, was â€śIâ€™m Just Sayinâ€™: Getting Involved in Community Issues.â€ť The presenters discussed new strategies for engaging students as volunteers in the local community.
Started in 2002, NC Campus Compact is a network of 38 public, private, and community colleges and universities, including HPU. The Compactâ€™s mission is to build the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities.
The Compact hosts an annual Civic Engagement Institute to address a new topic in community and civic engagement. This year, nearly 175 faculty, staff, students and community partners participated. National civic engagement experts Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Judith Ramaley delivered keynote presentations, and staff of the National Issues Forum led attendees in a â€śdeliberative dialogueâ€ť that explored the civic purposes of higher education.