Public Service & Community Relations

Public Service Events

ECU Events

Diversity in the Curriculum

In the Fall of 2014,  the Office of Equity and Diversity is sponsoring a Symposium focused on diversity in the curriculum. The purpose is to increase diversity and inclusion knowledge of ECU faculty to prepare them to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their courses and create inclusive environment. The Symposium will feature a keynote speaker and workshops about: 

  • How to have difficult conversations in the classroom, designing a syllabus that reflects diversity and inclusion
  • Creating learning activities for diversity and inclusion
  • Preparing TA and GA to become culturally competent
  • Role of community based learning in teaching diversity and inclusion
  • How to assess student gains in diversity and inclusion
  • Student session

Integrating Public Service into the Mosaic of Faculty Work

This week-long series of workshops was hosted by international expert Barbara Holland. Dr. Holland met with department chairs, deans, personnel action committees, faculty and ECU planners to talk about the awards for public service and community engagement. Schedule is here. Dr. Holland presented case studies and challenged participants to consider how to evaluate the products of engaged scholarship. For her power points and case studies click here. After reviewing information from ECU and focused meetings with internal and external stakeholders, Dr. Holland provided a summary of her findings. The report is available here.

ECU New Faculty Orientation

Annually, ECU provides an orientation for new faculty. A key session informs new faculty about the ECU mission and the key role of public service and the Office of Public Service and Community Relations. The presentation is available here.

Symposium: Ethics of Public Service

March 7, 2013 Symposium on the Ethics of Public Service. Click here for speakers and topics.

The Symposium included a morning keynote presented by Stephen B. Thomas, Director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland. Dr. Thomas is the principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator, with Dr. Sandra Quinn, of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009.

The Symposium included two sessions on how service is rewarded by universities both presented by Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara: a luncheon presentation and a workshop in the afternoon.

Symposium: Monitoring and Measuring Community Engagement

This Symposium was attended by ECU faculty and staff and higher education civic engagement practitioners who implement civic engagement assessment strategies. Content included an overview of measuring and monitoring community engagement, analyzing the differences between measuring and monitoring, how to clarify the purpose of measuring and monitoring community engagement, strategies in identifying target audiences and determination of data uses and desired outcomes,  and methods of developing measuring indicators. Participants explored strategies for assessment design and data collection and analyzed existing tools. Led by international expert Dr. Barbara Holland, the workshop informed the development of an ECU measuring and monitoring plan. Dr. Holland's power point is available here. 

Institutionalizing Community Engagement at ECU

Led by international expert Dr. Andy Furco, ECU evaluated the ECU infrastructure for community engagement. Dr. Furco met with university leaders, faculty and students to discuss their perspectives about the support for their work in community engagement. His presentation to the ECU community about institutionalizing community engagement can be found here.



The International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement includes researchers, student, and practitioners who are committed to advancing research on service-learning and community engagement. It sponsors professional development activities and an annual conference.This year’s conference, “Reaping What We Sow: Growing a Culture of Community Engagement,” will be held September 29-October 1, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems with member campuses in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. It includes the Council on Engagement and Outreach and the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity. It holds annual meetings and summer meetings with educational sessions.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. It holds national and state conferences and professional development events.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a non profit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. It sponsors an annual conference.This year’s conference theme is “From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships,” and it will be held April 30 - May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state, public, and private institutions. Its goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity. It sponsors the annual National Outreach Scholarship Meeting. The next conference, entitled "Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement," will be held October 7-8, 2014 in Canada.

Imagining America advances knowledge and creativity through publicly engaged scholarship that draws on humanities, arts, and design. It catalyzes change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enable publicly engaged artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization. It sponsors an annual conferences and professional development events.

The Gulf-South Summit has become one of foremost annual conferences on service-learning in the United States. Its mission is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement. This year’s Summit is entitled "Creating capacity collaboratively: Connecting learning and civic outcomes" and will be held March 26-28, 2014 in Auburn, Alabama.

NERCHE's Virtual Think Tanks are webinars designed for higher education practitioners engaged in collaborative change processes which address social justice in a diverse democracy. Virtual Think Tanks are valuable whether participants are developing long-term strategic change efforts or thinking about immediate programming and teaching issues. Spring 2014's Virtual Think Tanks will focus on community engagement in teaching and learning, research, and institutional structures within higher education.


North Carolina Campus Compact builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities. It sponsors several conferences and professional development activities annually.