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"Best in Class" Student Engagement Conference

"Best in Class" Student Engagement Conference

October 21-22, 2011

Holiday Inn-Harrisburg East, Harrisburg, PA Sponsored by the Jenzabar Foundation, PennSERVE, and the Corporation for National and Community Service

To register, contact Michele Lowrey at

Preliminary Conference Agenda

Friday, October 21, 2011

9:00 am - 2:00 pm: Small Group Facilitators’ Training (by invitation only)

2:00 pm: Registration

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Opening/Panel: Be The Change, Be the Best in Class: Connect, Lead, Engage in Your Community

4:30-6:00 pm: Student Leadership Institute: Session I--Introduction to the Social Change Model (Students and Facilitators)

In the Leadership Institute, students will be in the same facilitated small groups throughout the conference. The institute will focus on the 7C’s of the Social Change Model for Student Leadership Development which highlights 7 dimensions of leadership development within the contexts of self, group, and society. Groups will engage self-reflection through inventories, group-building exercises, case studies, and developing action plans.

Leading for Social Change: Administrators' Track I

Participants will review the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The session will serve as the framework for future sessions and will include the primary goals of the model and the premise of the model.  Goals of the session for participants include understanding of the model, ability to explain the model to others, and identify the model at work in various situations.

 6:15 pm: Dinner

 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm: Student Leadership Institute: Session IIIndividual Values

Integrating the Social Change Model on Campus: Administrators’ Track II

Explore how the Social Change Model can be integrated on your campus with existing initiatives. By extending this model into others  related to learning, leadership, and service, participants will examine how to build the model into existing frameworks, identify challenges, and consider the varying roles that faculty, staff, and administrators play.  

 8:45 pm: Dessert Break


 Saturday, October 22, 2011 

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:45 am: Student Leadership Institute: Session III: Group Values

Applications of the Social Change Model: Administrators’ Track III

Participants will develop strategies for implementing the Social Change Model into programs and activities offered by civic engagement and community service office. Exploration of how to put into action the model within daily interactions with students, team experiences, and with student participants in yearlong programs will be discussed.

10:45 am - 11:45 am: Concurrent Workshop Track A

Refugees Around the World and Around the Corner, Lilah Thompson, Franklin and Marshall College

The Leadership Compass: Appreciating Diverse Workstyles  , Tara Woody, Temple University

Using the Framework of Community-based Research to Implement the Social Change of Model of Leadership Development, Alicia Sprow, Alvernia University

Positive Minds: Taking It To The Streets, Jeannine Cook, Positive Minds

Building Community through Habitat for Humanity, Jay Worrall, Alvernia University

11:45 am - 12:45: Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Concurrent Workshop Track B

The Campus Kitchens Project: A Growing Network of Nonprofits, Maureen Roche, Campus Kitchen

Meaningful Mentoring: The Impact of Mentoring on Today's Youth, Caitlyn Clark, Community Fellow, Widener University

Goals to Obtaining a Nonprofit Career, Morgan Masterson, Northampton Community College, PACC AmeriCorps*VISTA

Beyond Awareness: Basic Principles for Educational Event Design , Josh Kirby, Consultant

The Color of Service, Naomi Christine Leaphart

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Student Leadership Institute: Session IV:  Societal Values

Putting it all Together: Administrators’ Track VI

As we conclude the conference, participants will discuss how to maintain and build upon the momentum of the conference as professionals and with students back on campus. Discussion will focus on guiding students to apply their experience here back to campus, overcoming hurdles with the model, and how we can support one another after we leave the conference. 

3:15 pm: Break

3:30 pm: Final Reflection: Best in Class—Engagement and Leadership Challenge

Conference Format

This conference will convene college and university students from across the mid-Atlantic region with the following goals:

Develop the leadership skills of students as they manage civic engagement programs through campus-community partnerships which address community-identified needs;

Expose students to careers in the fields of non-profit community development, civic engagement, and higher education;

Educate students on how to leverage civic engagement for addressing issues facing communities.

To this end, this conference will focus on the Social Change Model for Leadership Development, specifically the "7Cs" of student leadership. Students will attend a leadership institute consisting of four small group sessions that will educate and engage them on how the 7Cs play out on their campus and in their own lives.  Through small groups, students will be able to gain new knowledge by synthesizing concepts from Leadership for a Better World and drawing on their own experience.  Throughout the process, students and facilitators will be following an innovative Social Change Model Curriculum developed specifically for this conference.

During the student leadership institute, Civic Engagement Administrators (CEAs) will attend a concurrent track which addresses the student leadership curriculum and provides networking and professional development.  Stay tuned for more information.

Additionally, 2 concurrent workshops will be available to all institute participants focusing on other student leadership development topics, hot issues, and nonprofit careers.

Who Should Attend?

Students involved in civic engagement (service-learning, community service, community-based research, advocacy, etc.)

PACC Community Fellows

AmeriCorps Members

Administrators, Faculty, Community Partners

Please note that the student leadership institutes in this conference are designed to build on one another, so attendance to ALL sessions is required.

Registration Information

Conference registration fees are as follows:

Campus Compact Members:

$190 for Civic Engagement Administrators (faculty, staff, community partners)

$75 for Students from Campus Compact member campuses

$75 for any current AmeriCorps Member

$50 for PACC Community Fellows

$100 for Facilitators (INVITED ONLY)

Non-CC members:

$220 for Civic Engagement Administrators (faculty, staff, community partners)

$105 for Students from non-member campuses

$75 for any current AmeriCorps Member

Registration Deadline is September 30, 2011

Please note that the student leadership institutes in this conference are designed to build on one another, so attendance at ALL sessions is required.

Registration includes meals, breaks, and conference materials.  Please follow this link to register for the conference 11:15:43.952037.  Registration deadline is September 30, 2011.

Hotel Information  

Registrants are responsible for reserving and paying for their own hotel reservations.  PACC has reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA  17111 at the rate of $89 (plus taxes) per room/night.  Call(717) 939-7841 to make your reservations.  In order to receive the $89 room rate you must call in to make your reservations.  Online reservations will not receive the conference rate.  Also, make sure that you mention you are attending the PA Campus Compact Conference to receive the conference rate.  The hotel will be releasing our block of rooms on October 6, 2011.  The conference rate and room availability will not be guaranteed after October 6th.


Directions to the hotel can be found on the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East Website at  The hotel is located at 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA  17111.

Acknowledgements:  Pennsylvania Campus Compact would like to thank the Jenzabar Foundation and PennSERVE for their support of this event.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact any PACC Staff Member.