Dartmouth Hosts Annual Civic Engagement Symposium October 11-12


Dartmouth will host the second annual Eastern Regional Campus Compact Conference, which seeks to promote civic work in higher education, on October 11 and 12.

“Moving Us Forward: Community Impact and Social Responsibility,” will bring leaders in higher education, students, and community members together to talk about many issues, including campus-community relations, institutional change, and engaged scholarship.

The Eastern Regional Campus Compact Conference will build on themes and ideas from the August “Civic Seminar” at Dartmouth. (photo by Eli Burak ’00)

“Campus Compact educates college students to become engaged citizens who can develop creative solutions to society’s pressing problems,” says Helen Damon-Moore, director of service and educational programs at the William Jewett Tucker Foundation. “We are excited about bringing this national conversation to our campus.”

Campus Compact, based in Boston and founded in 1985, is a national organization made up of 1,200 college and university presidents who promote civic service in higher education. According to its mission statement, the group “advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.”

“I am very excited about the increased dialogue on our campus surrounding civic education,” says Rachel Sarnoff ’12, a presidential fellow at Dartmouth.

Tracy Dustin-Eichler, programs officer for the Tucker Foundation, says Dartmouth is an ideal setting for the conference.

“Hosting the Eastern Regional Campus Compact Conference is a great opportunity for Dartmouth to showcase some of the amazing community-based learning work that is being done right here and to gain inspiration from national leaders in this field,” says Dustin-Eichler.

The Tucker Foundation “educates Dartmouth students for lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality, and social justice.”

The upcoming conference will build on ideas from the August “Civic Seminar 2012” at Dartmouth.

The symposium is open to the public. The registration is due by October 1.

Keith Chapman