CSNAP Student Conference

CSNAP Student Conference


Started in 1993 by NCCV (see History), this conference brings civically-engaged student leaders together to share ideas and develop skills that help them be more effective in their community change efforts, while networking with their peers across the state. Workshops, speakers, and activities address topics such as volunteerism, leadership, service-learning, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy.

CSNAP is held biennially in November on odd-numbered years. Each conference is hosted at a different campus in the NCCE network. The schedule includes a Friday evening gathering and a full day conference on Saturday. During the Saturday program, we present the annual student awards and scholarships. Learn more about our awards for students. 

We look forward to seeing you at CSNAP 2025!

On the even-numbered years, the Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C) is held. 


CSNAP 2023

CSNAP 2023 was held on November 3-4, 2023 at NC State University under the theme, “Rising Together: Students Depolarizing North Carolina.” In 2023, CSNAP was structured with a unique series of skills-based training workshops and guest speakers in a variety dialogue methods to prepare students with the skills needed to depolarize their campuses and communities. You can read more about CSNAP 2023 and view the photo gallery here, or view the program.

Who should attend?

Students and student leaders who care about civic and community engagement, social change, and service. All college students are welcome, even if your campus is not currently a member of the NC Campus Engagement network. Faculty and staff may also attend.


What does “CSNAP” mean?

The name CSNAP (say “see – snap”) captures the big ideas we hope participants will explore: Citizenship, Service, Networking, and Partnerships.

Can a student lead a CSNAP workshop?

YES! The majority of CSNAP conference workshops are led by students. Start planning now, as the Call for Workshop Proposals goes out in September for an early October deadline.

Workshops are 60 minutes. We seek proposals for workshops that will:

  • help college student leaders develop leadership and advocacy skills
  • increase student knowledge of current social issues
  • introduce participants to community service ideas or programs that could be replicated on other campuses.
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Previous CSNAP Host Campuses

CSNAP was hosted annually (with the exception of 1994) between 1993 and 2018. At that time we shifted to a biennial convening, which was suspended because of COVID. We hosted the next CSNAP in 2023 and will continue the biennial schedule. 

Click on the date to view or download the program booklets from 2003.

2023 – NC State University

“Rising Together: Students Depolarizing NC”

2020 – Cancelled due to the COVID pandemic and restrictions on gathering.

2018 – Fayetteville State University

“The Power of Youth Civic Courage:  From the Civil Rights Movement to Today”

2017 – Winston-Salem State University

“Civic Pathways: How Will You Make Change?”

2016 – UNC Asheville

“Believe There is Good in the World:  Be The  Good In the  World”

2015 – UNC Pembroke

“Leadership  Through  Sustained Dialogue”

2014 – NC State University

“Raising Our Voices and Taking Action”

2013 – Central Piedmont Community College & Queens University of Charlotte

“Be the Change”

2012 – UNC Wilmington

“Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community”

2011 – Wake Forest University

“Connect the Dots”

2010 – NC Wesleyan College & Johnson C. Smith University

“Burst the Bubble”

2009 – Western Carolina University

“Color Outside the Lines”

2008 – High Point University

“The Power is Yours”

2007 – East Carolina University

“The Student  Citizen: Rock the Boat”

2006 – NC State University

“Constructing a Better World Through Students in Action”


2005 – Appalachian State University

“The Power of You”

2004 – Duke University

“Building relationships. Improving communities. Gaining awareness”

2003 – UNC Greensboro

“Visions of STARS: Students Taking a Responsible Step”

2002 – Appalachian State University

“Blueprints: Models for Action”

2001 – UNC Chapel Hill

“Getting to the Core of Service”

2000 – Meredith College

“Solutions, Education, Reflection, Vision, Empowerment”

1999 – Elon University

“Make the Connections”

1998 – Elon University

“Deep Impact”

1997 – Elon University

“Partnerships through Action”

1996 – Wake Forest University

“Fired Up for Action”

1995 – Elon University

“From Spark to Fire”

1993 – Elon University

“Connecting Campus & Community “