2015-2016 Speaker Series

The sponsors and partners of the 2015-2016 UNCG Community Engagement Series include the UNCG Institute of Community and Economic Engagement, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Interior Architecture Department, Office of the Provost, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department, Peace and Conflict Studies Department, Communication Studies Department, International Programs Center, Office of Human Relations, and the UNCG Libraries.


3rd Annual Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design

Focus:  “Housing the Community: Design & Dialogue”


March 31 and April 1, 2016

Elliott University Center (EUC) at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Register online here


Join UNCG’s Department of Interior Architecture and the Center for Community-Engaged Design for the 3rd Annual Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Join a group of faculty, students, and community members to address the “Housing the Community” framework laid out by the City of Greensboro and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro at this year’s Housing Summit February.


This year’s symposium will draw upon the expertise of local and regional thought leaders in housing, architecture, design, preservation, and development, and guest speakers will present their work. Topics include affordable housing, housing the homeless, historic preservation, tiny houses, fair housing, energy efficiency,m and public interest design. In addition to formal and informal presentations, these guest speakers will lead participants in a number of hands-on design activities.


March 31:  presentations and workshops

April 1:  community service and design charrettes


For more information on the guest speakers and the community work sites, visit the Novem Mason Symposium website

Students:  contact the IARc office (phone:  (336) 334 – 5320) for a code for free registration.



David Campt, Ph.D.

Civic Engagement expert and meeting strategist

April 6 – 8, 2016





PUBLIC TALK:  Dialogue and participatory decision-making about difficult topics in moments of significant community, cultural, and organizational change
Wednesday, April 6
11:30 am – 1:30 pm 
(lunch provided)
Location:  Alexander Room, Elliott University Center

Dr. Campt is a civic engagement expert and meeting strategist who discuss lessons from his diverse experiences in creating meetings, conferences, and larger processes that are designed to maximize the inclusion of diverse voices in order to leverage collective brainpower. He will explore the methods, underlying principles, and necessary skills that are relevant not only for creating more inclusive and generate better processes within UNCG but also relevant when we want to engage effectively and reciprocally with colleagues outside of UNCG via community-university partnerships.


WORKSHOP:  Strategically Planning for Inclusive Dialogue and Deliberation
Thursday, April 7

 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location:  Claxton Room, Elliott University Center
Register here (registration required)
This interactive workshop is intended for UNCG faculty, staff, and community partners who could benefit from revisiting current processes to address difficult issues, make decisions, or fashion organizational plans. This session will give participants a chance to explore new possibilities for the new ways that techniques in dialogue, deliberation, and group wisdom might improve current plans on the table. Registration is required as participants will be sent pre-workshop materials and requests.


Wednesday, April 6
9:30 – 10:30 am
Location:  MHRA 1607
Invitation Only (due to limited space)
This gathering will allow interested faculty and staff to have a wide ranging dialogue about the pros and cons for using more inclusive processes for getting group input in light of the current approaches that are used for decision-making within UNCG and the region.


STUDENT WORKSHOP:  Doing Dialogue:  Improving the Spartan Community through Meaningful Conversation
Friday, April 8
 9:30 – 11:00 am
Location:  Office of Intercultural Engagement Resource Center, Elliott University Center (Ground Floor)
Register here (registration required)
Join Dr. David Campt to learn how to lead conversations about difficult issues with your fellow Spartans. You’ll leave with the skills and the confidence to improve your UNCG community through the art of facilitating and participating in dialogue, deliberation, and group wisdom. All students registered will receive a free copy of Dr. Campt’s latest book!