Conferences with a Focus on Community Engagement

 Administrators or scholars might consider attending one of many conferences related to community engagement.


The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. Each year IARSLCE holds a national conference dedicated to promoting the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.

Imagining America is a consortium of universities and organizations whose primary focus lies in the recognition that humanities, arts, and design are indispensible to realizing the democratic, public, and civic purposes of American higher education. Annual national conferences are sites of collaboration, active dialogue, and problem solving around national issues. Each conference explores political, social, cultural, and physical contexts particular to the host city that inform local engagement initiatives, and reflect the national agenda that IA’s board and membership have defined in any given year.

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the world’s urban and metropolitan universities and their partners. CUMU focuses on strengthening institutions that are developing new responses to the pressing educational, economic, and social issues of the day.

The Engaged Scholarship Consortium is an annual meeting of engaged scholars and practitioners that provides institutions of higher learning with an opportunity to work together to enhance university-community partnerships rooted in scholarship and academic life.

Each year North Carolina Campus Compact hosts the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference(PACE), which provides faculty, staff, administrators and community stakeholders with valuable information and skills they can utilize in their civic engagement work. Workshops provide research, resources and best practice models for every aspect of civic engagement work. NCCC also hosts the Civic Engagement Institute, which is designed to thoroughly explore one civic engagement topic during a day-long gathering.

Campus Compact (national) advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Campus Compact envisions colleges and universities as vital agents and architects of a diverse democracy, committed to educating students for responsible citizenship in ways that both deepen their education and improve the quality of community life. We challenge all of higher education to make civic and community engagement an institutional priority.

The Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education -The mission of the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement.