The Eastern Regional Campus Compact was held from Oct. 15- 18, 2014 at Jacksonville, Florida. It was attended by 225 professionals working to build community partnerships. Some of the New England universities and campus compacts that were present at the conference were Plymouth State University, N.H., Roger Williams University, R.I., Bryant University, R.I., Keene State University, N.H.
The overarching theme of the two-day conference was focused on improving community engagement of higher education institutions. Keynote speeches by Stephen Black, director, Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama and Dr. Marvin Dunn, professor and department chair of psychology at Florida International University, Miami., were the highlights the conference.
“As a professional who has worked exclusively in the northeast, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet colleagues from the southern part of our region and learned so much from them,” said KC Ferrara of Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Roger Williams University.
Talking about the conference’s agenda of reflecting on fifty years after civil rights movement, Kerry Condon of Rhode Island Campus Compact said, “This year’s ERCC conference offered a sincere opportunity to reflect on the fifty years following the civil rights movement. It prompted a consideration of how we frame our civic and community engagement work and challenged me to examine Rhode Island’s commitment to equity in education and how our campuses can more cohesively work toward collective impact along community-identified goals.”