2014-2015 Speaker Series

Brent Brown, bcWORKSHOP2nd Annual Novem Mason Symposium on
Community-Engaged Design
Focus: “Housing the Homeless”

Featuring Brent Brown, of bcWORKSHOP and Dallas CityDesign Studio
March 5-7, 2015

Register online here


Registration to the 2nd Annual Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design: Housing the Homeless is free. In lieu of a registration fee we ask that you make a donation of non-perishable food, toiletries, and/or baby supplies. We will distribute the collected goods to the following: Urban Ministries Food Bank (non-perishable food), Interactive Resource Center (toiletries), and My Sister Susan’s House (baby supplies).


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Community Service Day . CC-ED
9:00am – 5:00pm
842B West Lee Street

Join students, faculty, staff, community members and partners, and friends of IARc in various projects including Industries of the Blind, Graffiti Garden, Tiny Houses, and Tiny House Village.


Dinner for Workers and Volunteers .CC-ED
5:00pm – 8:00pm
842B West Lee Street

Scarves of Warmth activity
Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen


Friday, March 6, 2015

8:00am – 9:00pm
Gatewood Building Lobby


Welcome and Introductions
Panel Discussion: Homeless Populations in the Triad . UNCG

9:00am – 10:30am
Gatewood Building, West Studio

  • Salima Thomas . Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Yatisha Blythe . Supervisor of Homeless Services and Community Support (youth)
  • Shanna Reece . Servant Center (veterans)
  • Susan Ball . Mental Health Association of Greensboro
  • Maha Elobeid . Center for New North Carolinians (refugees and immigrants)


Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
11:00am – 12:30pm
Gatewood Locations


Brent Brown Keynote: Community-Engaged Design
1:00pm – 2:00pm
114 School of Education Building
Founder, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP)
Founding Director, CityDesign Studio, Dallas


Workshop: Creative Ways to Address Affordable Housing 
2:30pm – 4:30pm
West Studio and room 102, Gatewood Building
Brent Brown and Travis Hicks, Director, Center for Community-Engaged Design and Department of Interior Architecture, UNCG
Local leaders and other symposium participants will facilitate another workshop during this time.


Workshop Results and Discussion 
4:30pm – 6:00pm
West Studio, Gatewood Building


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Challenge: Attacking Affordable Housing as a Design Solution
9:00am – 10:00am
Gatewood Building
Brent Brown, Travis Hicks, and symposium participants


Design Charette, Lunch, and Presentations 
10:00am – 2:00pm
Gatewood Building


The Novem Mason Symposium is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Interior Architecture, Center for Community-Engaged Design, and the HES Foundation, with special thanks to Starbucks and Apple Spice Junction


Harry Boyte Bio

Harry Boyte, Ph.D. (Bio)

Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship , Augsburg College

Wednesday, March 25, 2015




Faculty and Community Partner Workshop:
Agents of Change: Educating Students toward Civic Professionalism
Breakfast: 8:30am – 9:00m
Workshop: 9:00am – 11:00am
UNCG Faculty Center
Register Online Here
Led by Harry Boyte, UNCG faculty and community partners will explore civic and democratic purpose as foundations for the mission of higher education and the key to rebuilding deep relationships with broader publics. Attendees of this session will engage in activities designed to foster connections with our public identity and purpose, work together towards the civic education of college students as effective change agents, and gain an introduction to the constellation of democratic skills and habits of great importance in this time of transformation in higher education. Public narrative will be used as an example, a way to empower UNCG faculty and community partners that positions UNCG faculty, community partners, staff and students as agents for positive change in our community and helps grow the sense of UNCG as “part of” the life of the community, not simply “partners with” communities. Please register at the link provided above.


Student Workshop:
From Citizen-Student to Citizen-Professional: Students as Agents of Change During and After College
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Tillman-Smart Room, Shaw Residence Hall
Register Online Here
This session will address the potential of college students as agents of positive change in our communities. Students will learn about the importance of civic professionalism in preparation for the changing world of work – how to be at the forefront of innovation and humanizing of professions and institutional change. Attendees of this session will engage in public narrative designed to foster connection between our stories and our passions to inspire effective public action for the common good.


Keynote Address: Revitalizing the Civic Purposes and Democratic Story of Higher Education
Reception: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (appetizers will be served!)
Keynote: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Book Signing: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
118 School of Education
Open to the Public!
Dr. Boyte will discuss reinventing the public purpose of higher education and the great story of colleges and universities as crucial contributors to a democratic way of life. He will address the need to educate students as agents of change in a modern and rapidly changing society and to conceive of UNCG as a vital resource for our communities in a time of enormous changes in the world of work, the economy and the culture.


Dr. Boyte’s visit is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, UNCG’s NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Initiative, Faculty Senate, and the American Democracy Project. Dr. Boyte’s visit to UNCG is also presented as part of the Debra Turner Bailey Global Citizenship Lecture Series.


community engagement scholar Barbara Holland headshotBarbara Holland, Ph.D. (Bio)

Higher Education Consultant, Professor at Portland State University and University of Sydney (Australia), Senior Scholar at IUPUI

Tuesday, April 7, 2015



Keynote Address: The Changing Tides of Scholarship and Strategies to Lift All Boats
3:00pm – 4:30pm . Maple Room, Elliott University Center

Higher education is in the early stages of a time of extensive and fundamental change on a scale greater than has been experienced since the mid-20th Century. The search is on for a new business model, and all aspects of academic work and culture are shifting and adapting to the growing need to build more efficient and collaborative models of knowledge discovery and dissemination. Increasingly, it is unproductive to organize teaching, learning, research and engagement as separate activities. The long-standing focus on organizing academic work as an individual enterprise is being replaced by a growing emphasis on collective action. Through her extensive work with a wide variety of higher education institutions in the USA and other nations, Dr. Holland will articulate how these major trends play out in the more immediate reality of daily life on campus. Universities and colleges that develop greater capacity for adaptation, innovation and intentionality will be more successful going forward. 

Dr. Holland’s visit is sponsored by the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, the Provost’s Office, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, the University Teaching and Learning Commons, the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office, and the Faculty Senate.


We hope you will join us for the 2014-15 Community Engagement Speaker Series!