ERCC 2017 Speakers


Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions:

Publicly Engaged Scholars


Nicholas V. Longo is chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies at Providence College.  He was formerly director of the Raise Your Voice Campaign for Campus Compact and program officer at the Kettering Foundation.  His publications include: Why Community Matters: Connecting Education with Civic Life (SUNY Press) and several co-edited volumes, including From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (Tufts University Press) and Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (Stylus Publishing).  Nick lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Aleida. Together, they have a great passion for educating the next generation of democratic citizens, starting with their children, Maya and Noah.

margaret_post_headshotMargaret A. Post is a visiting scholar at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on the role of nonprofit organizations in social policy change. She is author of Grassroots Coalitions and State Policy Change (2011) and is senior researcher with the Innovation Network, conducting a participatory evaluation with the Center for Community Change. Post has been a visiting scholar with the Next Generation Engagement Project at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts–Boston since 2010. 

Assessing and Enacting a Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity on College and University Campuses

shanksAlane Shanks is the co-founder and president of The ARC Group, a consulting service with the expertise to help workplaces become effective multicultural organizations by fostering positive communication, awareness, and understanding of culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic differences.  For over 30 years, Dr. Shanks has held leadership positions in private and public institutions of higher education in the Boston area, serving as Associate Dean of Educational Administration and Finance at Harvard Medical School, Vice President/CFO at Roxbury Community College, and President of Pine Manor College. Her dissertation and continuing research focus on best practices for recruiting and retaining students and faculty of color. Her administrative and consulting experience includes organization-wide strategic planning, realignment of resources to strengthen institutions, building strong and effective management teams, improving campus climate, and leading organizations through significant cultural change. Dr. Shanks earned her B.A. in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Management of Human Services from the Heller School, Brandeis University, and her doctorate in higher education administration from UMass Boston. 

Equity-centered Community Engagement Professionals

DMD_8445_small (1)Diane Doberneck, Ph.D., is the assistant director at the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement and an adjunct assistant professor in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program. Doberneck’s research interests include outreach and engagement in promotion and tenure processes; faculty integration of outreach and engagement across their teaching, research, and service responsibilities; graduate student and faculty pathways to careers as engaged scholars; international community engagement; and effective strategies for teaching and learning community engagement. Informed by this research, Doberneck creates and supports the co-creation of professional development programs on community engagement—including Tools of Engagement (undergraduate students), the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement (graduate students), and faculty development activities. In addition, she coordinates an international university-community partnership with the Tochar Valley Rural Community Network (Co. Mayo, Ireland) that enhances rural community vitality through community engagement. Together, Tochar Valley community members and MSU students assist communities in developing a deeper sense of place; individual, organizational and community capacities; and cultural and natural heritage assets. Doberneck won MSU’s First Annual Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2008 and the H. Paul Roberts Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad Programs in 2011 for her international engagement work.

2010 HeadshotDr. Lina Dostilio is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Community Engagement Centers at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she is responsible for developing a place-based strategy that leverages assets and involvement university-wide with neighborhood agendas. Her work as a nationally-recognized scholar-administrator is focused on multi-sector partnership development and the evolution of the community engagement profession within higher education. Dostilio was previously the director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University. In this capacity, she facilitated teaching and research collaborations that involved university stakeholders in public problem solving across an array of social and environmental issues. Under her leadership, Duquesne University’s approach to community engagement evolved from the implementation of a service-learning requirement for undergraduates to a refined strategy of encouraging community-engaged teaching and research as a core priority of the University.  Dostilio is currently the Scholar in Residence directing the Campus Compact’s Project on the Community Engagement Professional, a national research project staffed by 19 research fellows across the country that has produced, “The Comunity Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field (Stylus Publishing, 2017). She is a team member of the Next Generation Engagement Project, a collaboration between the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, AASCU, and Imagining America and was an invited member of the civic learning roundtable discussions held by the U.S. Department of Education that led to the National Task Force report entitled, “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future.” In 2013, Dostilio garnered a competitive program grant from Bringing Theory to Practice (via the Association of American Colleges and Universities) to develop a programmatic model for civic learning at the undergraduate level. Dostilio has also served as past-chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She frequently consults with campuses that seek to institutionalize civic engagement, build their community engagement infrastructure, and to develop innovative partnership models.



patrick greenPatrick M. Green, Ed.D., serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) at Loyola University Chicago, which houses the service-learning, academic internship, undergraduate research, and learning portfolio programs. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor of Experiential Learning and teaches a variety of experiential learning courses, engaging students in service-learning, community-based research, international service-learning, internship experiences, and undergraduate research. Dr. Green received his B.A. in History and Literature form Loras College (Dubuque, IA), his M.A. in History at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), and his Doctorate in Education from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), specializing in leadership in higher education. Dr. Green focused his research on experiential education, specifically community-based learning. He is working on a co-edited volume around the intersections of faculty development and service-learning/community engagement (Stylus Publishing, 2017). In addition, he recently co-authored a chapter entitled Paving New Professional Pathways for Community-Engaged Scholarship in the newly published Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next-Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (Stylus Publishing, 2016).  His recently published edited volume focuses on International Service-Learning, entitled Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning (Stylus Publishing, 2014). His research has led to multiple publications and his scholarship has led to numerous presentations at national conferences. Dr. Green serves as the Past Chair on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE) and as an Engaged Scholar with National Campus Compact.

Tracy D. Dace is the Co-chair of the Outreach Engagement Professional Network (OEPN)’s Pre-conference Workshop Planning Committee.  OEPN is affiliated with the Engaged Scholarship Consortium and is a networking space for professionals who span the boundaries between campus and communities.  He is an Assistant Professor at Parkland College (Champaign, IL) and teaches courses in developmental English and reading.  Tracy received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Alcorn State University and M.A. degree in Higher Education from The University of Mississippi.

Tracy is a social justice educator and builds bridges between campus and community to achieve deeper community impact.  In addition to his teaching duties, Tracy is the Founder and Visionary Director of DREAAM House, which is an educational justice program designed to reach, teach, and invest in Black boys.  DREAAM, which stands for Driven to Reach Excellence and Academic Achievement for Males, is committed to reducing the achievement gap, disrupting the school to prison pipeline, and sustaining a culture of achievement, engagement, and behavioral health.


Collective Impact and Higher Education: Three Case Studies

Dr. David L. Levinson has been president of Norwalk Community College (NCC) in Norwalk, Connecticut since August 2004. During his presidency, NCC completed a successful capital campaign for a new Science, Health and Wellness Center, became an Achieving the Dream Leader College, received a $12.1 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative grant, and was selected by MDC, Inc. as one of fifteen community colleges nationwide to receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a developmental education project. With the restructuring of higher education in the state of Connecticut in 2011, Dr. Levinson was appointed Vice President for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) in addition to his presidency at NCC. Dr. Levinson is the general editor of Education and Sociology: An Encyclopedia, published by RoutledgeFalmer in 2002 and author of Community Colleges: A Reference Handbook, published by ABC-CLIO, 2005. His articles and reviews have appeared in The American Prospect, The American Sociologist, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Week, American Journal of Sociology, and Contemporary Sociology. The recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Levinson has also taught at: Bergen Community College; Merrimack College; Norwalk Community College; Teachers College, Columbia University; and Tufts University. Dr. Levinson holds a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

vera-montalvoCrystal Vera-Montalvo joined the 30,000 Degrees: College Readiness for a Stronger Staten Island coalition in 2015 as the partnership’s first Executive Director.  Leading a cross-sectoral effort to align community-based resources, and the intellectual capital of our local higher education institutions to the pre-school through college pipeline, Crystal brings a diverse range of civic professional experience to this collaboration.  Prior to this role, she directed college civic engagement programs, local public health and development campaigns, and school to community partnerships.  With a Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Global Development from St. John’s University/Rome Campus, Crystal is proud to link her personal aspirations as a parent and citizen with her professional goals-making opportunity more accessible to youth and community through education.   

Dr. Hannah Stewart-Gambino, Professor at Lafayette College, is the Director of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC) which brings together faculty from the six member institutions and two community colleges in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC).

Founded by faculty members in 2007, the LVRC’s mission is to provide independent, reliable data collection and analysis in service to the health and well-being of the region. In addition to conducting research contracts for specific organizations, the LVRC partners with public, private, non-profit, and foundation leaders to contribute to the region’s growing Collective Impact eco-system.  This work takes several forms, including a new three-part series of community Data Citizenship workshops designed to strengthen organizations’ in-house data and research capacities within a broader Collective Impact framework. Data Citizenship workshops are designed to empower all stakeholders in the region to participate meaningfully in collective decision-making by contributing to broad community understanding of data collection, sharing, analysis, and presentation.

Thursday Sessions:

Advancing Equity in Higher Education

The ninth president of Marlboro College, Kevin F. F. Quigley began serving in July 2015. Before coming to Marlboro, Kevin served as Peace Corps country director in Thailand, and as president and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), a global alumni organization for the more than 200,000 former Peace Corps staff and volunteers. In the latter role, he developed a community-based model to spark the agency’s largest engagement ever, and helped secure passage of the Peace Corps Commemorative Act signed into law by President Obama.

Kevin has a deep appreciation for academia, with degrees from Swarthmore College, National University of Ireland, Columbia University, and Georgetown University. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at 12 liberal arts colleges from 2004 to 2012, and a faculty-practitioner graduate instructor teaching about international studies and management from 1995 to 2011. Earlier, he was guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the recipient of several other international professional fellowships. Kevin has served on the board of Swarthmore College and the American University of Afghanistan, as well as various international development organizations including the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier, Vermont. He is the author of For Democracy’s Sake: Foundations and Democracy Assistance in Central Europe (Johns Hopkins University Press) and has published extensively on international and service issues, including a quarterly blog about Peace Corps and service-related issues in The Huffington Post.

Kevin has a life-long interest in how education develops skills that expand opportunities, and in helping make public institutions more accountable. As the first executive director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, he pioneered work with global companies like Nike and The Gap, the World Bank, and various universities and community-based organizations, seeking to improve the lives of production workers. He has also served as vice president for business and policy at the Asia Society, director of public policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, vice chairman of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and legislative director to Senator John Heinz.


taylorMaurice C. Taylor is Vice President for University Operations and former Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Morgan State University.  He is the former Chair of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Board and the former Chair of the GRE Board’s Minority Graduate Education Committee. Dr. Taylor is also the past President of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS).  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Juniata College (PA) where he earned the bachelor’s (B.A.) degree. He earned a master’s (M.A.) and doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and the juris doctorate (J.D.) from Duke University’s School of Law. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Maryland Bar.

millerA.T. Miller came to Cornell University as Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity in July of 2011.  He served as Faculty Director of the Center for Global and Intercultural Study and Coordinator of Multicultural Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan from 2000-2011, and Director of Africana Studies at Union College from 1992-2000.  He received his PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and his A.B. from Davidson College in North Carolina.  In addition to his commitments to social justice, AT is also a musician and poet

veyseyBonita Veysey, Ph.D. is the Inaugural Director of the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship and a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Veysey has been an active faculty member since 1998 and during her time here has served as both the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and the Interim Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Implementation. She has more than 30 years of applied research and evaluation experience in the public and private sectors as well as in academia. Her research to date focuses primarily on behavioral health and justice issues, including continuity of care and reentry; police interactions with persons with mental illnesses; mental health and substance abuse treatment in jails and prisons; diversion and treatment services for youth with behavioral health problems; treatment and supervision of justice-involved girls and women; and the adult consequences of early childhood trauma. Dr. Veysey is the lead on all P3 Collaboratory activities and the primary liaison to the faculty, leadership of the Schools/colleges, and the Chancellor and Provost.

July 9, 2013 / Portrait Shoot / Leadership team members / Photo by Bob Laramie

Andrew J. Seligsohn is president of Campus Compact. Before joining Campus Compact in June of 2014, Seligsohn served as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden, where he worked across the campus to develop the university’s engagement infrastructure to maximize community impact and student learning. Seligsohn previously served as Director of Civic Engagement Learning in the Pace Center at Princeton University. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Hartwick College, where he earned tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor and was the elected chair of the faculty. Seligsohn also taught at both Princeton and Rutgers, and he has published articles and chapters on constitutional law, political theory, urban politics, and youth civic engagement. Seligsohn holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in modern intellectual history from Williams College.

Laurie Worrall brings to New York Campus Compact almost 20 years of experience working with university-community partnerships. She has overseen the development of local, national and international community-based learning programs at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and at Defiance College in Ohio. As Dean of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, Laurie expanded the international community-based research program and developed national and local partnerships based upon the School’s international model. At DePaul, she served as Associate Vice President in Academic Affairs and founding director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning, which has developed the largest service-learning program in higher education in Illinois.  While at DePaul she oversaw the development of an interdisciplinary minor, Community Service Studies, the cohort-based undergraduate Community Service Scholars program, a community-based internship program, and the Catholic Schools Initiative, an effort to connect the educational and service initiatives at DePaul with the Catholic schools of Chicago. Laurie holds a doctorate of education from the University of Pennsylvania

Paired Thematic Sessions (10:15 – 11:45 a.m.)

Institutional Structures to Support Civic Engagement and Equity
#doGOODWP: Collaborative Approaches to Building Community and Civic Engagement with an Emphasis on Equity, Social Justice and Leadership
Jonathan Lincoln, Associate Provost for Curriculum and International Education, William Patterson University
Donna Minnich Spuhler, Director, Campus Activities, Service & Leadership, William Paterson University

Breaking Down Barriers to Community Engagement: A Shift to an Investment-Equity Model of Student Leadership
Juan Carlos Carranza, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University

Betsy Shimberg, Assistant Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship; Director of Student Development, Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University

Campus Policy to Support Access and Success of Underrepresented Students
Beyond Queer Inclusivity: Transforming Institutional Policies and Practices Towards QTPOC K-12 Student Well-Being and Success
Justin Fernando, Director, Science & Technology Entry Program, Office of Diversity Affairs, New York University School of Medicine
Terrell James, AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader, Massachusetts Campus Compact

Institutional-Level ASL as Strategy to Support Underrepresented Students
Empowering Racially Minoritized Students through Service-Learning
Isabelle Jenkins, Assistant Director, Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning, College of the Holy Cross

STEM Education: Pathways to Civic Engagement and Equity at Tufts University
Kristin Finch, Associate Director, Center for STEM Diversity, School of Engineering, Tufts University
Jessica Grant, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Massachusetts Campus Compact

Course-Level ASL initiative as Strategy to Support Underrepresented Students
Students Develop Skills through Civic Engagement across Disciplines
Sebastian Murolo, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Sharon Ellerton, Associate Professor of Biology, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)

How Global Diversity Learning Enhances Service Learning in Urban After School Programs of NYC
Jason Demas, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Student Leadership and Civic Engagement
Student Leadership in the Community Engaged Classroom
Ruth Kassel, Center for Academic Community Engagement, Siena College
Katherine Burt, CETL Fellow, Siena College

Engaged Leadership: A Sustainable Model of Student Leadership Development through Community Engagement
Mike Bishop, Director of Student Leadership Initiatives, Engaged Cornell, Cornell University

Asset-Based Approaches to Curriculum Development
Community Engagement Pedagogy for Peace, Justice, and Human Flourishing
Sam Marullo, Director of Research on Missional Communities and Professor of Sociology, Wesley Theological Seminary

Addressing Complex Community Health Issues through Academic Service Learning Partnerships
Jonathan Handrup, Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning, DePaul University
Elizabeth Florez, Assistant Professor of Nursing, DePaul University
Sr. Luz Maria Rivera, Facility Director, Jugan Terrace and master’s student in Nursing, DePaul University
Sarah Bieber, student, School of Nursing, DePaul University

First-Year Engagement
Understanding the Lasting Impact of First-Year Community Engaged Learning Experiences on Student Learning and Civic Identity
Michael Nordquist, Executive Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, The College of New Jersey
Diane C. Bates, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, The College of New Jersey

Moving Forward, Giving Back: Salem State University’s First Year Day of Service
Cynthia Lynch, Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Salem State University
Mathew Chetnik, Director, First Year Experience, Salem State University 

National Collaboration for Service-Learning at Community Colleges
In Service to the Humanities: Synthesizing Civic Engagement Practices with Campus-Based Cultural Resources to Connect Community College Students to the Humanities
Marisa Hollywood, Assistant Director, Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Cary Lane, Assistant Professor of English, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Steven Dahlke, Assistant Professor of Music, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Danny Sexton, Assistant Professor of English, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Workshops (1:15 – 2:30 p.m.)

An Equity Frontier: 2-Year & 4-Year Higher Education Partnerships Expressed Through Civic Leadership Transfer Pathways, Engagement Cohorts, and More
Saul Petersen, Executive Director, New Jersey Campus Compact
Robert Hackett, President, Bonner Foundation
Claire King, Assistant Professor of Experiential Education, Guttman Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Amy Koritz, Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Professor of English, Drew University
Lori Moog, Director, Service Learning and Community Outreach, Raritan Valley Community College
Glen Sherman, Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Development, William Paterson University

The Campus Action Plan: So, How’s That Going on Your Campus?
Anthony Moretti, Robert Morris University
Mary McGuire, Director, Institute for Civic Engagement and Assistant Professor of Political Science, SUNY Cortland
Lynnette Young Overby, Director of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Professor of Theatre, University of Delaware
Laura Hill Rao, Coordinator, Volunteer and Service Learning Center, Buffalo State University
John Suarez, Coordinator of Service Learning, Institute of Civic Engagement, SUNY Cortland

Many Paths to Engagement: Enhancing Programs that Extend and Deepen Impact
Sandra Enos, Bryant University

Faculty Fellows Program Integration of Diversity Module: Faculty to Student Social Justice Awareness
Julia Yakovich, Program Manager of Service Learning, University of Connecticut
Johanna deLeyer-Tiarks, Graduate Assistant, UConn Cities Collaborative, University of Connecticut

Exploring Identity, Community, and Complexity through Reflection
Jillian Volpe White, Director of Academic Engagement, Florida Campus Compact

Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Designing and Assessing Community Engagement Practices
Meghmala Tarafdar, Assistant Professor of English, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Elizabeth DiGiorgio, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Isabella Lizzul, Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)
Rezan Akpinar, Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY)