CCNCCE May 20-22, 2014

Connectivity Through Service Learning & Civic Engagement

Advancing programs and innovations that stimulate active participation of institutions in community engagement for the attainment of a vital citizenry.

Conference Information

Click to enlargeThe 2014 conference theme is "Connectivity through Service Learning and Civic Engagement". Our keynote speakers and workshop presenters will assist us by sharing their knowledge, research, challenges and solutions on how they are developing and implementing successful leadership strategies at their educational institutions and in their communities to ensure we have the best leaders leading us into the future.

Conference Goal

The conference goal is to provide and enhance the participants knowledge on how to utilize service learning and civic engagement strategies to meet the academic needs of their students while serving their communities.

Conference Fees

Registration Type Registration Fee
Pre-Conference (includes lunch) $125
College/University Participants $475
Presenters $400 (Includes Pre-conference)
Maricopa Community Colleges Employees $400 (Includes Pre-conference)
Teagle Subgrantees $400 (Includes Pre-conference)
Corporate Partners $400
Non-Profits $350
Wednesday Only $350
Thursday Only $150

Download the W-9 Form here.

Please Note: There is a separate fee for attending the pre-conference (unless you are a presenter or Maricopa Community Colleges participant) which is not included in the regular conference fee. Lunch is included in your pre-conference fee.


All cancellations must be received in writing by March 22, 2014. Refunds minus a $50 cancellation fee will be issued after the conference for cancellations received in writing by March 22, 2014. No refunds will be issued after March 22, 2014. Participant substitutions can be made at any time. Please note that you or your institution are responsible for full payment if you do not cancel and do not attend. Hotel room reservations must be cancelled directly with the appropriate hotel.

Conference at a Glance

Times Event Information

Monday, May 19, 2014

8:00am - 5:00pm Teagle Institute – By Invitation Only

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

7:30 am - Noon Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Morning Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Assessment of Service Learning Student Learning Outcomes – (3 hours)
    Presenters: Dr. Tanya Renner, Professor of Psychology and Dr. Francisco Acoba, Assistant Professor of English - Kapi’olani Community College, HI
  • Grant Writing from Start to Finish – (6 hours)
    Presenters: Dr. Joseph Swaba, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Lara Smith, Coordinator of Grants Development and Management, GateWay Community College, AZ
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch - Palm Terrace
1:00 pm -3:00 pm Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Afternoon Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Service Learning Using Engagement, Learning, and Achievement Framework - (3 hours)
    Presenters: Dr. Tanya Renner, Professor of Psychology and Dr. Francisco Acoba, Assistant Professor of English - Kapi’olani Community College, HI
  • Grant Writing from Start to Finish – (6 hours)
    Presenters: Dr. Joseph Swaba, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Lara Smith, Coordinator of Grants Development and Management - GateWay Community College, AZ
  • An Introduction to Service Learning and Civic Engagement - (3 Hours)
    Presenters: Gail Robinson, Education Consultant and Senior Advisor to CCNCCE, MD and Duane Oakes, Faculty Director for the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Mesa Community College, AZ.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception – Paradise Park
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am – 10:00 am

General Session with Keynote Speaker - Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Minh Dang

Minh Dang - click to enlarge

When Two Worlds Collide: The Joy and Sorrows of Community Engagement
Civic engagement and service-learning programs are designed to promote and establish peace, equity, and social justice. And yet, these programs confront human suffering and institutional and interpersonal violence on a daily basis. This keynote will address how institutions of higher education can hold the tensions of our society while supporting students and communities in their pursuit of social justice. Minh Dang will discuss a philosophy of community engagement that promotes the simultaneous pursuit of individual healing and social justice. Minh, will share strategies for nurturing joy and embracing sorrow; for dealing with the hope and disappointment that comes with our work. She will also share some of her personal journey in reconciling injustice in her own community.

Minh Dang
Minh Dang is currently an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker on issues of human trafficking, leadership development, and social justice. She provides training and technical assistance to NGOs, Universities, and government agencies across the country. Minh is a staunch advocate for survivors of child abuse and human trafficking and is developing strategies to support education, training, and leadership development for survivors.

Most recently, Minh was the Executive Director for Don’t Sell Bodies, an anti-human trafficking initiative founded by Jada Pinkett Smith. She is passionate about promoting the integration of individual and community healing. A true “love warrior,” as her friend calls her, Minh has traveled extensively telling her harrowing story of survival from child abuse and sexual slavery in the United States.

Minh is a ten-year veteran of the service-learning field and is currently finishing her Masters in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Minh coordinated the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She has served on the Board of Directors for Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH) and The Norma J. Morris Center for Healing. Minh, also co-led weekly Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) support groups for six years. In May 2013, Minh was one of fifteen Asian American/Pacific Islander women recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for her efforts to end human trafficking. Follow her blog at or on twitter @minhspeakstruth.

10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break - Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30 am – 9:30 am

General Session with Keynote Speaker - Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Pamela Tate, CEO

Credit for What They Know: Community Service, PLA, and Adult Degree Completion
Given the strong national focus on making college more affordable and promoting degree completion, the time is right for enhancing student access to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). PLA is the process by which an individual’s learning gained through life and work experience – such as community service and volunteering – is evaluated for the purpose of granting college credit. This presentation will discuss the link between PLA and degree completion, with a focus on the ways that PLA can help adults who have acquired college level learning through community service to persist and complete their degrees at higher levels. It will also explain how PLA can be implemented at the institutional level or through CAEL’s national online service: LearningCounts.

Pamela Tate
President and CEO
CAEL (the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning)

Pamela Tate

Since becoming President and CEO of CAEL in 1990, Pamela Tate has become nationally and internationally recognized for her work within the higher education, public and private sectors to make it easier for adults to get the education and training they need to succeed and to remain employable.

She is also known for helping colleges and universities develop Prior Learning Assessment programs and improve the quality of their services for working learners. Pam has worked with employers on tuition assistance policy, implementation of career and educational advising for employees, and exemplary practices in employee learning and development. She has led CAEL in the development of projects that unite business, government, labor and postsecondary education to address workforce skill shortages - resulting in industry-sponsored degree and certificate programs on-line, industry-wide career pathways programs, and regional lifelong learning and talent development initiatives. As a presenter, she is regularly sought out for her vision and insights into adult learning and workforce development and their vital relationship to the future of the economy.

In 1996, Pam was acknowledged for a career devoted to expanding lifelong educational opportunities for adults with the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, conferred by SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She also received honorary doctorate degrees in humane letters from DePaul University’s School for New Learning in 2005 and from Thomas Edison State College in 2007. In 2011, she received the degree of Doctor of Public Service honoris causa from St. Leo University. In 2013, Pam was awarded the President’s Medal from Excelsior College in recognition of her continued dedication to expanding opportunities for adult learners.

Among Pam’s numerous professional activities, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Excelsior College, and is a member of the Commission on Quality Assurance and Alternative Higher Education, formed in 2013 by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Pam completed her doctoral coursework at the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communications, and earned master’s degrees in both English and journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign.

9:30 am - 10:00 am Refreshment Break - Grand Ballroom Foyer
12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch, Networking, and Conference Adjourned - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Download the Conference-at-a-glance here.

Hotel Information

Double Tree - click to enlarge

This year's conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort/Scottsdale. The conference room rate will be $105.00 plus applicable sales tax per night, single or double occupancy. This rate will be available 4 days pre and post based on availability. Please make your reservations early so you can take advantage of our special conference rate. This room rate is only guaranteed on reservations made prior to Monday, April 29, 2014. If you wish to reserve a room by phone, please call the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort directly at 1-877-445-6677 and request the group rate for ROOM BLOCK MCCD/CCNCCE.

Don't delay--reserve a room online or call in your hotel reservations now at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort- 480-947-5400 or 1-877-445-6677. Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2014. Room rate is being made available four nights prior and after the conference based on availability. Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is noon. If you check out prior to your reserved checkout date, the hotel will add an early checkout fee to your bill. To avoid an early checkout fee, please advise the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort at or before your check-in of any change in planned length of stay.

Hotel Cancellation:If you cancel your reservation less than 72 hours before your scheduled arrival date, you will be charged for 1 night of room and tax.

See their website for more complete information.

DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort/Scottsdale

5401 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250-7090
Tel: 480-947-5400
Fax: 480-946-1524
For reservations, call 1-877-445-6677.

IIMPORTANT: There are two other conferences taking place so once the room block for CCNCCE is full - attendees will have to find lodging at a different location. Book now before the rooms are all gone.


Plan to arrive at Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona Sky Harbor Airport at least two hours before the first session you want to attend. This will allow time for unforeseen delays and to obtain ground transportation. You will need a minimum of 30 minutes of travel time to the hotel for hotel and conference registration.

Ground Transportation:
SuperShuttle vans are available outside the baggage claim area.
Taxi Cabs are available outside of the baggage claim area. They may run over $40.00 depending on the time of day.
Rental Cars are available at the airport. Also, Avis is located in the hotel lobby.

Contact Information

Lyvier Conss, Executive Director
Community College National Center for Community Engagement
145 N. Centennial Way, Suite 204
Mesa, AZ 85201
email:   |   480-461-6281 phone   |   480-844-3226 fax