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Community Partners Symposium

Leaders of Durham-area community organizations will gather at NCCU's Alfonso Elder Student Union for the Community Partners Symposium on April 5 at 8:30 a.m. The theme of the gathering, sponsored by the Academic Community Service Learning Program (ACSLP), is “Faculty–Community Partnerships.”

“We value our partnership with the community because it allows us to engage NCCU students in a variety of volunteer experiences, from one-time events to internships,” said Dr. Deborah Bailey, ACSLP director. “These organizations serve as community instructors, teaching our students the value of service.”

According to Bailey, the symposium, first held last year, provides opportunities to identify, start and maintain productive relationships between NCCU faculty and the community. Partnerships exist between ACSLP and more than 150 community agencies. The service provided by NCCU students, faculty and staff is valued at more than $4 million annually, Bailey said.

NCCU maintains an award-winning model of community service and was the first university in the UNC system to make community service a requirement for graduation. This year, NCCU was named a finalist in the 2012 President’s Award by the Corporation for National and Public Service. The organization recognizes colleges and universities around the country for their volunteer efforts in the community.

A workshop facilitated by NCCU faculty will be offered to participants along with networking opportunities. Agencies wishing to participate can contact ACSLP at 919-530-7079 or ACSLP@nccu.edu.