Annual Meeting


Thursday, August 5, 2021
3-4pm ET       Book Discussion with Tia McNair on From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (participants are responsible for obtaining the book on their own)

Friday, August 6, 2021
9-9:30am              Welcome and conference intro
9:30-10:30am       Keynote address
10:30-10:55am     Keynote discussion (small groups)
10:55-11am           Transition to Breakout
11am-12pm          Breakout sessions
12-12:55pm           Lunch break and open networking
12:55-1pm             Transition to Breakout
1-2pm                    Breakout sessions
2-2:30pm               Wrap up, reflection, closing

Registration is closed.
For more information, contact Brenna Limbrick.
$45 OCC member and IKONC (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina Campus Compact) member
$55 Other Compact member
$75 non-Compact member
$20 Student

The 2021 Meeting will be completely virtual.

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.


The RFP process is closed.  

We are seeking both traditional virtual and non-traditional virtual presentations (TED/TEDx-type format, hybrid, discussion-focused, etc.) generally focused on:

Advancing our civic engagement work with and for students and local communities.

  • Responding to the ever changing local, state and federal political landscape.
  • Civic engagement in career preparation.
  • Dialogue and courageous conversations between campus and community members, including anti-racism education, diversity and inclusion, and justice and equity.
  • Innovative examples and models of civic engagement programs, institutional support mechanisms, reciprocal partnership design, and responding to resource instability.
  • Utilizing faculty for institutionalization of civic and community engagement.
  • Identifying, engaging and supporting underserved and underrepresented students in civic engagement.

Consideration preference for presenters will be given for the following proposals:

  • Presentation includes student and/or community voice, either in person or via remote/video participation
  • A focus on access, equity and diverse perspectives
  • Opportunities for interactive engagement between the presenter and participants



Keynote Address by Tia McNair

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success. McNair directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers and serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives. She is the lead author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). In March 2020, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named McNair one of thirty-five outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education’s toughest challenges and made a positive difference in their communities.

Breakout sessions will include information on:

  • Student Learning and Support
  • Community Partnerships
  • Faculty Development

2021 Refund policy:

*Full refunds will be given through July 3.
refunds will be giving from July 4-July 24.
*NO REFUNDS will be given after July 24.

Join us and Tia McNair on August 5th, 3-4pm ET as we discuss the recently published “From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education” (January 2020). This discussion is FREE!
Participants are responsible for obtaining the book before the discussion and can be purchased from any major retailer including Jossey-Bass.
Dr. McNair will also provide the keynote address on August 6th.

Open networking session is 12-1pm ET August 6th. Grab your lunch and join us for informal conversation!

The Annual Meeting day is August 6 from 9:00am-2:30pm, virtual format.


Announcing Dr. Tia Brown McNair, above, joining us to address civic engagement and TRHT August 6th at 9:30am ET.

Breakout Sessions

11:00am – 12:00pm ET
Session A: BGSU Votes Student Leadership Panel
: Katie Evans, Graduate Student, Center for Public Impact at Bowling Green State University; Leyla Sadigova, Andrew Goodman Foundation Fellow at Bowling Green State University; Katelyn Whetsel, Andrew Goodman Foundation Fellow at Bowling Green State University; Hannah Boyle, Andrew Goodman Foundation Fellow at Bowling Green State University; & Sophia Walcher, Andrew Goodman Foundation Fellow at Bowling Green State University
Description:  Highlighting the BGSU Votes Partnership with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, alongside other important national partners and best practices in voter registration and education, student fellows will discuss their unique voter engagement projects and seek feedback from the audience.

Session B: Enhancing Civic Education and Building Connections in Remote Times
Betsy Banks, Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, Case Western Reserve University & Adrian Griffin, Associate Director, Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, Case Western Reserve University
Description: Staff from Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Civic Engagement & Learning will overview two co-curricular programs, one new (The Civic Leadership Launchpad) and one existing (Civic Engagement Scholars), that underwent significant revisions due to the pandemic yet created for students a more holistic understanding of civic engagement and sense of place even while completed 100% virtually. 

Session C: Social Justice Forums at Mount St. Joseph University
Presenters: Keith Lanser, Associate Director, Service Learning & Civic Engagement, Mount St. Joseph University & Dr. Rayshawn Eastman, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Mount St. Joseph University
Description: Learn about Mount St. Joseph University’s Social Justice Forums, a new partnership between the Offices of Service Learning & Civic Engagement Office and Diversity and Inclusion. Some of the forum topics have included white supremacy and racism, COVID-19 and health care access, student hunger and homelessness, LGBTQ+ issues, the Capitol riot, and stopping AAPI hate. The series resulted in a variety of tangle outcomes for the campus community, which will be discussed at the end of the presentation.

1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Session A: Defining and Operationalizing Belonging: From Theory to Practice
Panelists: Crystal Weitz, Director, Service and Community Engagement, University of Findlay; Eileen Rucki, Director, International Education, University of Findlay; & Dr. Christopher M. Sippel, Associate Vice President, Buford Center for Diversity and Service, University of Findlay
Description: The workshop seeks to provide clarity and context around the emerging theme of Belonging and provide specific ways for participants to implement best practices to increase belonging within their work. We will highlight the distinctions between Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and prompt participants to examine how they create Belonging.

Session B: Flexibility Matters: Lessons Learned While Implementing a Faculty Fellows Program During a Global Pandemic
Dr. Kiesha Warren-GordonAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ball State University & Laura Weaver, Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning, Indiana Campus Compact
Description: During this fireside chat the authors will discuss changes implemented to a state-wide Faculty Fellows Program during COVID-19. The authors will highlight the changes implemented that positively support the Fellows throughout the pandemic and can be further integrated into various types of faculty development programs as we continue post-pandemic.

Session C: Strengthening Advocacy, Dialogue, and Structural Analysis Skills through Summer Internships
Presenters: Heather Craigie, Assistant Director, Student Development, John Carroll University; Dr. Katherine Feely, SND, Director, Center for Service and Social Action, John Carroll University; John Jackson, Assistant Director, Community Partnerships, John Carroll University; JCU Student TBA; & JCU Community Partner TBA  

Description: Staff, community partners, and students with John Carroll University’s Center for Service and Social Action will share their experiences with our Advocacy, Solidarity, and Social Action summer internship program. Attendees will learn about how the program leads to civic learning outcomes for students and models critical reciprocity with community partners. 

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