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Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference History






In the mid-1990’s, The Shriver Center, UMBC’s center for applied learning experiences, administered a Learn & Serve America grant through the Corporation for National & Community Service for a consortium of area colleges and universities. This grant supported several conferences in the Baltimore area. About ten years later in 2008, UMBC hosted a similar event, “Solutions Through Service.” This event was planned and implemented by members of the Shriver Living Learning Center (SLLC), twenty-nine UMBC students who live, learn, and serve together. UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Education and the Baltimore Collegetown Network were co-sponsors.

The conference has grown in both size and scope since 2008. Members of the conference's Planning Committee now include staff and faculty of 15+ institutions of higher education throughout Maryland and DC, as well as community partners and students. Subsequent conferences have been hosted by the University of Baltimore (2009), Towson University (2010), Stevenson University (2011), and Coppin State University (2012). The last few conferences have reached maximum capacity (300 attendees).

With the culmination of the 6th Annual SLCE Conference back at UMBC in 2013, Maryland-DC Campus Compact took a greater role in supporting and sponsoring future conferences.


SLCE 2015

8th Annual Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference:

Community-Based Learning: Connect, create, reflect

Maryland-DC Campus Compact joined over three hundred students, faculty, staff and community member organizations from the region at the 2015 Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference on the American University campus on Saturday, March 28th 2015.


SLCE 2014

7th Annual Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference:

putting our passion to work

Maryland-DC Campus Compact joined over two hundred students, faculty, staff and community member organizations from the region at the 2014 Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference on the University of Baltimore campus on Saturday, April 5th 2014.


SLCE 2013

6th Annual Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference:

Community-Based Learning: Getting Real about Civic Engagement

Maryland-DC Campus Compact joined over two hundred students, faculty, staff and community member organizations from the region at the 2013 Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus on Saturday, April 6th 2013. Visit the UMBC Breaking Ground website for photos of the event.