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 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 will be available in August.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.