Community Engagement Symposium

The Center for Community Engaged Learning hosts an annual symposium to give civically engaged students an opportunity to present what they have learned through their volunteer work, community engaged learning projects, or community research.  It is a chance for students to display the impact their work has had on themselves and on the community.


Abstract Submission

Students interested in having their project considered for the Symposium must complete the Abstract Submission Form no later than Monday, March 17, 2014.

Abstracts should include: description of purpose and implementation of project in the community; context for importance or relevance of the project to the community; discussion of project outcomes for community; and outcomes for the student personally, academically and professionally. Abstracts that do not contain all of this information will not be considered for the Symposium.

You will be notified of the acceptance/rejection of your project by Friday, March 21, 2014.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

 10:45 a.m.  Registration table opens  
 11:30 a.m.        Keynote Speaker, Rye Barcott  Wildcat Theater
 12:30 p.m.  Reception for Presenters & Book Signing  Gallery and Fireplace Lounge
   Symposium Presenters at Posters     
 1:45 p.m.  Symposium Closing Remarks  Fireplace Lounge 
 2:00 p.m.   Event Ends  


Dress for the event is business casual.

Rye Barcott - Keynote Speaker

Rye Barcott, as a college student co-founded the non-governmental organization, Carolina For Kibera. This organization was created to prevent violence and empower youth through participatory development. After Rye graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. He then earned master’s degrees in business and public administration from Harvard. In 2011 The World Economic Forum named Rye a Young Global Leader. President Barack Obama appointed him to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as a representative of the veteran community in 2012.

It Happened on the Way to War was his first published book. In it he recounts his experiences co-founding Carolina for Kibera. He shows that you don't have wait in life to make a difference and that leaders emerge in the service of others. Barcott currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter and works at Duke Energy.

Learn more at Rye Barcott's website, It Happened on the Way to War, or at Carolina for Kibera

Creating Your Poster

We have provided a poster template to help you get started.  Please make the poster look and feel like you and your project – the set-up and color choices on the template are not required.

At a minimum, posters should include the following information:

  • A brief description of your project – purpose and implementation
  • The context for why this particular project is important and for whom.  Cite relevant research, statistics informing the larger issue your project is trying to address, local debates, relevant legislation, etc. to provide the broader context your project is impacting.
  • Discussion of the outcomes of the project for the community
  • Discussion of the outcomes of the project for you – academically, personally, professionally, etc.
  • Indicate what you are going to do with this information and experience now.
  • Address how this experience will inform your next steps in the community personally or professionally.
  • Community research projects should also include the findings of the research and the implications of those findings for the community.


Poster Printing

Posters must be submitted to  CCEL, via email at no later than Friday, April 4 by close of day. However, we highly encourage you to submit your poster before this date, as it may need to be sent back to you for revisions before it is accepted. After your poster has been successfully reviewed, CCEL will have your poster printed for you free of charge.

Presenters may choose to proof their printed poster Friday, April 4, in the Office of Undergraduate Research located in the Stewart Library, room 58. Do not take your poster with you. The CCEL will pick up your posters before the Symposium and have them displayed in the Union Gallery and Fireplace Lounge the day of the event.