network regional meetings

Network Regional Meetings

[Members only] Our twice-yearly network meetings offer community and civic engagement professionals the opportunity for professional development and networking. In 2019, we launched a six-year professional development curriculum for the meetings. The curriculum framework is drawn from The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field and the Community Engagement Professional’s Guidebook: A Companion to the Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education. Special thanks to Bob Frigo, Associate Director, Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Elon University for assisting with the curriculum design and facilitation. Dr. Lane Perry, the former Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Western Carolina University, also assisted from 2019-2022.  

In addition to the professional development session, the meeting includes lunch, NCCE updates, and program highlights from member campuses.

Network meetings occur in early August and early January. We are always seeking member campuses to host the August network meetings. The January meetings are virtual. Campuses can download an overview of host responsibilities. These events are only open to representatives from campuses in the NCCE network. Campuses may send multiple representatives. There is no charge to attend, but participants must RSVP.

Winter 2023 Network Meetings [Virtual] 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
January 10 (Eastern Region)
January 11 (Western Region)


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.   Professional Learning session “Critical Perspectives and Commitments Deserving Attention from Community Engagement Professionals” 

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Break [Feel free to come back after break with lunch and keep your camera off or on]

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Featured resource

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  NC Campus Engagement Highlights & Updates
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Campus Highlights (one speaker per campus – 3 minutes each) 

January 10 – Register here.

January 11 –  Register here.

While we separate the meetings by region to promote connection, you can attend whichever session works best in your schedule. The same professional development content will be shared both days. Upon registration you will receive the Zoom link.

Highlights from Recent Network Meetings

August 2022

(August): Wingate University & Alamance Community College

Professional Development Topic: “Adopting and Promoting the Public Purposes of Higher Education”


August 2021 & January 2022 [Virtual]

Professional Development Topic: “Facilitating Faculty Development and Support”


August 2020 & January 2021 [Virtual]

Professional Development Topic: “Cultivating High-Quality Community Partnerships (through an Equity Lens)”  


August 2019 & January 2020

(August): NC Central and NC A & T State University

(January): Campbell University & UNC Charlotte

Professional Development Topic: “Facilitating Students’ Civic Learning and Development” 


January 2019 & August 2018

(January) Durham Technical Community College & Davidson County Community College

(August) Western Carolina University and Wayne Community College

Professional development: The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field (Dr. Lina Distilio, author and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh)  

Professional development session: NCCE’s Community of Practice, Inquiry, and Learning (COPIL) facilitated discussions and exercises exploring key concepts in CCE field. 

January 2018 & August 2017

(January) Wake Forest University

Professional development: Review and small group discussions related to the new NCCE strategic plan, as well as a facilitated conversation about free speech using the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education’s “Free Speech & Inclusion on Campus” discussion guide. 

 (August) Pfeiffer University and UNC Pembroke

Professional development: Roundtable discussions on topics selected by participants, as well as lighting presentations of scholarship by colleagues.