Events & Programs

Operation Sandwich
Students prepared 1,000 sandwiches for a local food bank during the Operation Sandwich community service project.

The center facilitates regular events to provide professional development opportunities for community partners, inspire innovative ideas for social change, celebrate the incredible work happening in our community and introduce students to various types of civic engagement.

Building Skills for Social Change

Building Skills for Social Change is a workshop series co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Lake Norman Community Development Council. The program is made possible through the generosity of the Bonner Foundation.

The series is designed for nonprofit professionals as well as Davidson students, faculty, and staff members. The workshop sessions are intended to build the capacities of our nonprofit and community organizations and to provide networking opportunities across organizations.

Workshops are held from 8:30-10 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Knobloch Campus Center, and include a continental breakfast.

Registration for 2015-16 is open.

  • Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • There is no cost for registration.
  • Participants who attend five of the six workshops will receive a book that will be useful in nonprofit leadership.

Celebration of Service

The center also sponsors an annual Celebration of Service banquet honoring the work done in our community. Awards will be presented to students, faculty, and staff, academic courses and pursuits, student groups, collaborations, and community members for exemplary service and civic contributions to our local and global communities. If there is a person, group, or academic course and pursuit you believe deserves to be recognized, nominate them! Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 1. The Celebration of Service banquet will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Introductory Programs

The center hosts introductory programs that introduce students to our community, pressing social issues, and the range of ways to be engaged with the community.

Service Saturdays

Once a month, work with 10-12 fellow students on a service project with a local nonprofit organization. Each service project is student-led, and addresses a different social issue. After each service, you and your group members will discuss the experience over a meal.

Social Innovation Programming

The center has responded to the growing network of students at Davidson interested in finding creative ways to make systemic change in communities. Opportunities include partnering with a nonprofit as it navigates a funding challenge as well as a funding competition for you on campus.