UNC Engagement Summit 2012

UNC General Administration invites you to attend the second annual UNC Engagement Summit, to be hosted by UNC Wilmington on May 18 at the Warwick Center in Wilmington. The theme ofthis year's summit is "Measuring the Impact of Meaningful Community Engagement: Finding Common Ground. /I I encourage each campus to send an appropriate team of individuals who have responsibility for tracking the growing volume of critical engagement work occurring throughout our state. Such individuals may include:

  • Directors of student engagement programs/centers
  • Directors of faculty teaching/learning programs/centers
  • Administrators with community engagement responsibility
  • Directors of institutional research

For more information and to register, please visit www.uncw.edu/pscs/engagement.htm

The summit is based on a shared assumption that community engagement is an important strategy for all 21st-century universities, but that the most important reason to track engagement is to inform the work of your own institution. Key summit objectives include identifying institution-specific purposes for tracking engagement and exploring a focused set of common purposes and measurement approaches that are relevant to all institutions.

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller and I will open the conference and share our own thoughts on community engagement. You will then hear a streamed address by Dr. Barbara Holland, Professor at Portland State University and the University of Sydney (Australia), a Senior Scholar at IUPUI, and an internationally respected consultant on university-based community engagement. She will discuss current trends in engagement and how tracking engagement activity, impacts, and outcomes can improve the quality of engagement and improve broader institutional and system performance.

Other highlights include a panel offering institutional perspectives on the connection of engagement to meeting strategic campus goals, moderated by Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UNCG. Other panel members will include:

  • Dr. Jeanette Barker, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, NCCU
  • Dr. Terri Helmlinger-Ratcliff, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Industrial Extension Service, NC State
  • Mr. Mark Lanier, Assistant to the Chancellor, UNCW
  • Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UNC-Chapel Hill

The afternoon will feature break-out sessions offering summit participants an opportunity to share tools or systems used to capture measurements of community engagement on their campuses. Facilitated by Dr. Emily Janke, Special Assistant for Community Engagement at UNCG, the groups will focus on tracking student, faculty, and community contributions and impacts.
The day will conclude with remarks from Leslie Boney, UNC Vice President for International, Community and Economic Engagement, who will discuss a framework for sustaining dialogue among campus teams so that we can continue to collaborate to find common ways to track and tell the story of engagement.

If you have questions, contact Dr. Tom Barth, Interim Dean for Public Service and Continuing Studies at UNCW (bartht@uncw.edu).