The following is a list of upcoming higher education conferences either with a focus on civic engagement or a broad theme that could include discussions of civic engagement. This list is by no means comprehensive, and we invite you to let us know about any other upcoming events that we could include on the list.

NC Campus Compact's Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference

February 14, 2018  | Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

Proposals are sought for presentations that will inform or advance the research and practice of community engagement through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or co-curricular models, institutional capacity building and institutionalization, or successful community engagement practices. For more information and to register, visit the call for proposals website.

High Impact Practices in the States

February 22-24, 2018 | California State University Dominguez Hills, California

CSU Dominguez Hills will host HIPs in the States, an informal community of college and university educators working with the National Association of System Heads and Taking Student Success to Scale to improve the definitions, tracking, and assessments of high-impact educational practices at public institutions. A preliminary program, call for proposals, and registration link can be found here: National Model and Laboratory for Student Success.

Community Engagement Conferencce

February 27, 2018 | Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

The conference will be hosted at Montana State University and will center around the theme "Common Cause, Collective Good".  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the Community Engagement Conference website.

29th Annual National Service-Learning Conference

March 11 - 13, 2018  | St. Paul, Minnesota

This year, the National Service-Learning Conference’s theme is Justice in Action – it’s educators and community members joining in partnership with students, to make positive change in the world. Justice in Action will provide more than 100 hands-on learning opportunities through workshops, keynote, and thought leader sessions. Topics range from social-emotional learning and civic education to youth leadership and international service-learning. Whether you are new to service-learning or an experienced practitioner, this conference has something for you. To attend, register for the conference on the National Service-Learning Conference website.

Campus Compact 2018 National Conference: True Stories of Engagement: Higher Education for Democracy

March 25-28, 2018 | Indianapolis, Indiana 

Attendees will come together to learn from each other about the practice of bringing people together across differences in pursuit of shared values and goals, along with understanding how we can more effectively communicate to a broader public the part higher education plays in creating the communities and the country we seek. This conference will build a diverse web of faculty, staff, administrators, students, and partners committed to higher education’s public purposes.

The Request for Proposals has been released and more information can be found on the Campus Compact conference website. To register, sign up here.

2018 Gulf-South Summit

April 4-6, 2018 | Birmingham, Alabama 

The conference theme, Changing the Narrative: Storytelling as Social Action, will provide a dynamic forum to discuss the challenges and successes of higher education's drive towards true community engagement. Since 2003, the Golf South Summit has convened passionate educators, practioners, community partners, and students from 33 states and abroad to discuss best practices, share research, and cultivate a professional network. This summit includes over 100 nationally recognized keynote speakers, peer-led paper and workshop sessions, as well as a variety of pre conference workshops. Visit the website to register. 

2018 Ashoka U Exchange 

April 5-7, 2018 | Boston, Massachusetts

The 2018 Ashoka U Exchange is one of the largest international gatherings for college and university professionals to learn and share leading practices for embedding social innovation in higher education. Throughout the gathering, participants come together to share how they equip aspiring changemakers – through their classrooms, co-curricular programs, departments, institutions, communities and beyond – to catalyze long-term, meaningful change and social impact. Find out more and register by visiting the Ashoka U Exchange website. 

2018 Civic Engagement Leadership Summit

April 12-13, 2018 | Winthrop University, South Carolina 

South Carolina Campus Compact has reached its 10th Anniversary, and presidents and chancellors have rededicated themselves to the civic purposes of higher education; to enhance their institutions’ efforts in developing students who not only grasp the complexities of community needs and issues, but who seek to meet those needs through reciprocal partnerships and active engagement. The 2018 Civic Engagement Leadership Summit will convene administrators, faculty, staff, students, community partners, and national service members throughout the state and the region to share research, best practices, and innovative strategies focused toward achieving that goal. Proposals for this conference are now being accepted. For more information and to register, please visit the South Carolina Campus Compact website.

10th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities

May 7-11, 2018 | Indianapolis, Indiana

The Center for Service and Learning and Indiana Campus Compact, invite those interested in enhancing their service learning courses or advancing their research on service learning to the Connecting Campuses with Communities (CCC) conference. The conference is a two-part event that focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners and offers the following opportunities: The Service Learning Institute is ideal for those interested in gaining strategies used to improve the quality of a service learning course and the Research Academy is designed to strengthen one's research on service learning while advancing their scholarship of teaching and learning. Register for the conference by visiting the Connecting Campuses with Communities website.

National Community College Conference on Service Learning

May 18-19 | Denver, Colorado

The National Community College Conference on Service Learning and Community Engagement at Red Rocks Community College will feature nationally known speakers, local community-based panels, interactive workshops, roundtable sessions, and extensive networking time. The conference theme, Service Learning for the Public Good, speaks to the importance of the work that community colleges do every day: reaching and teaching diverse populations; offering opportunities to convene around important local, regional, and national issues; helping students succeed academically and in their chosen careers; and working hand-in-hand with local organizations to build reciprocity in community partnerships. Visit the National Community College Conference on Service Learning website for more information and to register.

NCORE 2018

May 29 - June 2, 2018 New Orleans, Lousiana

The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education is produced by The University of Oklahoma's OUTREACH Division. As a non-profit educational event, NCORE is open to all state and federal governmental agencies, colleges, universities, community groups, and individuals.  This year, the conference will be held in New Orleans, Lousiana. Visit the NCORE website for more information.

Community Engagement Institute

May 22-23, 2018 | Gonzaga University, Washington

Partners in Campus Community Engagement (PICCE, formerly known as INSLP), a working group of higher education institutions in Spokane, WA, will  host the Community Engagement Institute, a conference for faculty and community leaders focused on putting knowledge to work for communities.  Look for an RFP soon seeking proposals in (1) engaged scholarship and (2) engaged teaching & learning.  Faculty proposals undergo peer-review with awards offered for outstanding proposals in engaged scholarship and engaged teaching & learning.  The conference also includes tracks led by community engagement professionals aimed at faculty new to community engagement as well as faculty with experience in engagement. The second day of the conference includes a session for community partners and the opportunity to meet to identify new partnerships. More information can be found here: Community Engagement Institute

The Teaching Professor Conference

June 1-3, 2018 | Atlanta, Georgia

The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking and stimulating forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share practical ideas and best practices that advance college teaching and learning. The conference is now accepting proposals. Submissions for 60-minute sessions and 90-minute poster sessions are welcome. RSVP or learn more about how to submit your proposal by visiting the Teaching Professor conference website.

18th Annual Conference of the International Association on Community Engagement and Service-Learning

July 18-20, 2018 | New Orleans, Louisiana

The annual IARSLCE conference is scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentations, symposiums, and keynotes is on research incorporating a variety of theoretical, methodologies, and perspectives. The conference also serves as a gathering place for networking and association business meetings for members. A significant component of the conference is the mentoring of graduate students and new faculty members interested in advancing their own research agendas in this field. For more information and to register please visit the website.

Community Development Society's Annual International Conference 

July 22-25, 2018 | Detroit, Michigan

The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development for presentation at the 2018 Community Development Society Conference, July 22-25, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Renaissance of Community” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the CDS website.

Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship

September 30 - October 3, 2018  | Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for presentations that will inform or advance the study and practice of engaged scholarship in higher education through research findings, innovative design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective modes of community-engaged learning curricula, collaborative policy development and integration, and/or successful civic engagement practices. To submit a proposal and/or register for the conference, visit proposals the website.

Imagining America 2018 National Conference 

October 19-21, 2018 | Chicago, Illinois

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, at the annual conference, they explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do. For conference details and registration information, visit the national conference website.

CUMU Partnering for Equity 24th Annual Conference

October 22-24, 2018 | Chicago, Illinois 

 The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference is highly regarded as a vibrant platform to explore and share new ideas. The conference is focused on CUMU member institutions, their community partners, and their work addressing contemporary challenges through dialogue and presentations delivered in a variety of formats that allow for in-depth conversations and actionable next steps. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the CUMU website.