May 1, 2019

On March 25-27 faculty, staff, students, and community partners gathered in Providence, RI for the 2019 Eastern Region Campus Compact (ERCC) Biennial Conference. The conference theme was Education for Democracy: Innovating in Complex Times, which was an acknowledgment that higher education is influenced by significant social, economic, and political factors within and beyond academe, and that our campuses are at the nexus of multiple social movements. The conference explored the field of civic and community engagement and how we are challenged to respond, contribute, and lead change-making efforts on and off campus that improve our communities and democracy.

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Conference Snapshot:
  • Over 400 faculty, staff, students, and community partners in attendance
  • 150 colleges, universities, and organizations represented
  • 20 states and D.C. represented
Program Highlights:
  • The keynote speaker, Dr. Danielle Allen from Harvard University, opened the conference to discuss the state of our democracy, and what individuals can do to help
  • Featured speakers explored topics shaping higher education civic and community engagement work, including social innovation, local political engagement, technology, and engaged scholarship
  • Nearly 100 total workshop, panel, and poster presentations by faculty, staff, students, and community partners
  • The Lynton Colloquium, coordinated by Brown University’s Swearer Center, was integrated into this year’s conference and highlighted the 2018 Ernest A. Lynton Award winner, Dr. Brook Lillehaugen and her community collaborators
What People Had to Say:

Thank you Dr. Danielle Allen for an inspiring #ERCC2019 keynote, rooted in history while analyzing our current civic and political culture, and offering several questions for future consideration about campuses and our political institutions.

I am grateful to the many presenters and participants at #ERCC2019 who came with their great ideas about how to take on the hard work of creating a more just and thoughtful world. I came away empowered and energized, but also ready to listen more and do the hard work of relationship-building.

[We] enjoyed presenting, hearing from other presenters, and getting to meet folks from institutions around the Eastern Region! We are ready to take all we learned back to [our campus] and enact change #ERCC2019

My first time at this conference and it’s been a great experience connecting with colleagues in the community engagement field. #leadership #civicengagement #education #equity #justice #community #partnerships #universities

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