2019 Annual Meeting

**Hurry! Registration ends July 25.**

The OCC Annual Meeting offers participants the opportunity to:
1. Network with others working to advance community and civic engagement;
2. Receive resources on best practices in community partnerships, faculty development, and student learning related to community and civic engagement; and
3. Share updates on critical state, regional, and national initiatives in higher education.

Dr. Keith Morton, Keynote




Breakout sessions will include information on:

  • Student Learning and Support
  • Community Partnerships
  • Faculty Development

Refund policy:

*Full refunds will be given through July 4.
refunds will be giving from July 5-July 25.
*NO REFUNDS will be given after July 25.

The OCC Annual Meeting informal networking event will take place Sunday August 4 from 4:00-6:30pm at the Varsity Club in Columbus, 278 W. Lane Avenue. Pizza and beverages will be provided and a cash bar is available. Find more information about the Varsity Club here.

The Annual Meeting day is Monday August 5 from 8:00am-4:30pm.

Dr. Keith Morton, Keynote

Dr. Morton is Professor and Chair of Public and Community Service Studies, and Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College. He has worked in the areas of community development, community service and community history for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Providence College in 1994, he worked as program and then executive director of the University of Minnesota YMCA, which runs intensive service learning programs for 500 participants each year; and as director of Campus Compact’s national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study. He serves on the boards of several local and national organizations, including the Providence-based Nonviolence Institute, dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in their communities, and is particularly interested in youth, nonviolence and the ecological and economic dimensions of community engagement. He works regularly as a workshop leader and trainer for education and community-based organizations. His teaching and scholarship focus on how we learn from experience, on service and nonviolence as practices of community building, and on the historic and present meanings of community and service in people’s lives. Much of his work is grounded in the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence. His book, Getting Out: Youth Gangs, Violence and Positive Change, will be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in August, 2019.

Breakout Sessions

View the long descriptions here.

Engage for Impact: Community Engagement in an Era of Complexity
The Ohio State University
Too often education resembles an assembly line, passing information from educator to class participants. In this mechanical model the community is often dependent on our institutions for their well-being. This workshop will suggest a paradigm shift, drawing from Marion County examples, and identifying principles for authentic community engagement.
Case Study in Project-based Learning for Sustainability
The Ohio State University
This presentation will discuss a teaching model and a case study in which students work collaboratively on an authentic sustainability projects presented by an industrial partner. The projects require students to learn formal project management skills and how the UN Sustainable Development Goals impact corporate strategy.
How We Increased On-campus Voter Turnout by 600%
Bowling Green State University
BGSU Votes at Bowling Green State University is a student-led initiative focused on increasing voter turnout and participation for students. Through strategic programming and outreach, BGSU saw an increase in on-campus voter turnout by 600% and a 110% increase in student heavy precinct polling locations compared to the 2014 election.
Maximizing Collaboration among Campus and Community Leaders to Develop Effective Community-Building Events and Programs
Bowling Green State University
This presentation by the BGSU MAC grant team will offer a model for engaging high school, undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty, and local community members in community building across the Town and Gown divide, as well as among academic institutions across Ohio.
Cultivating Dynamic Leaders to Serve as Tomorrow’s Social Change Agents
The Ohio State University
There is a need for more dynamic leaders who will address the demands of our evolving, diverse communities. This session will provide educators with a “tool kit” for developing talented, self and socially-aware student leaders who desire to be social change agents in pursuit of a better world.
Regenerative Cultures and Resilient Communities
The Ohio State University
RCx2 is an emerging network of Ohio State and external partners working through a shared ethical development process to facilitate experiential learning. RCx2 suggests that building capacity is a two-way experience – both within the university, and with community and external partners, to effectively and ethically participate in experiential learning.
Encouraging Community Collaboration Through Mentored Undergraduate Student Consulting
The College of Wooster
We will present a mentored consulting model that provides immersion opportunities that partner undergraduate students with local nonprofit organizations. The students are given unique, meaningful work experiences, the nonprofits value the quality project work that is completed, and a collaborative bond is created between the college and the local community.
Exploring Advocacy through Education
The Ohio State University
Participants will learn about a program that challenges first-generation, low-income high school students to explore education through a social justice lens.  Through an integrated approach of research, instruction, and service, students participate in a summer program designed to increase civic responsibility and enhance their development as advocates for their respective communities.
Creating Community Partnerships Through a Student-Run Non-Profit
Defiance College
Project 701, a student-run non-profit at Defiance College, helps students learn how to develop a service or business directly related to a student’s area of study.  Project 701 provides a structure to design, implement, and manage projects that impact community needs. A discussion on implementing new ideas will follow the presentation.
Starting from Columbus: Stories on Community Engagement
The Ohio State University
To show the dynamics of community engagement, this presentation showcases stories of how people from diverse backgrounds make an impact from their perspectives. Issues to be discussed include children, women, education, senior care, animal welfare and faith.

*Focus area

  • Overnight accommodations for August 4 are available at the Blackwell Inn by calling 614-247-4000 and requesting the Ohio Campus Compact conference rate of $162. Check in is 3pm and check out is at noon.
    Room Cancellation Policy:  by 4:00 pm the day before scheduled arrival to avoid charges.
  • Overnight valet parking:  $20
  • All-day valet parking for August 5:  $13
  • There is complimentary airport transportation on a first-come, first served basis but it must be arranged 14 days prior to arrival.

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