Events & Programming

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.

Register for the 2014-15 series.

  • 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 members, and community members for outstanding leadership and service. If there is a person or group who you believe deserves an award for their great work in the community, nominate them! Nominations will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, April 3. 

The Celebration of Service will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Orientation Community Walk 

As part of new student orientation, all incoming students participate in a 5K walk through Davidson to learn about the town's history, community partnerships, and each other. During the walk you will learn about social issues and key resources in the community, as well as the ways in which you can get involved - through advocacy, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, community-based learning, social action, and community service programs offered by the college. The walk also gives you the chance to meet fellow students and talk about civic engagement. .

Each orientation walk benefits a community partner. We ask incoming students to try to raise $3 per kilometer in support of the chosen organization, bringing them together in support of a common goal. The beneficiary for the upcoming 10th annual Orientation Community Walk is the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center. Loaves & Fishes has a vision for all people in our community to meet their basic hunger needs by having access to nutritious food. Learn more about how to raise funds or download the fundraising form (PDF). 

Community Involvement Fair 

Civic Engagement hosts an annual Community Involvement Fair where students, faculty and staff members explore the range of opportunities in our area and become familiar with the resources in our community related to social change issues. Past events have included more than 200 students interacting with 47 nonprofit community partners. The Community Involvement Fair occurs at the start of each academic year. The next fair will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

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. You want to be creative and do good in the world and we want to support that! Opportunities include partnering with a nonprofit as it navigates a funding challenge as well as a funding competition for you on campus.