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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.

Innovation Institute & Other Workshops

The center regularly hosts speakers and workshops intended to build the capacity of our community, provide networking opportunities, and collaboratively engage in community change efforts. Last year's events included:

  • Open House/Introduction to the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Collaborative strategies for community transformation workshop featuring Tom Bassford, founder and director of Significant Matters
  • Community Innovation Institute - a daylong event with speakers and breakout sessions to advance community change work and promote collaboration. In addition to workshops, funding opportunities exclusively for institute participants will be shared.

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, alumni, academic courses and pursuits, student groups, collaborations, and community members for exemplary service and civic contributions to our local and global communities. The Celebration of Service banquet will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery. 

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.