SLCE 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, DC, and Delaware, as well as community partners and students. Subsequent conferences have been hosted by the University of Baltimore (2009), Towson University (2010), Stevenson University (2011), Coppin State University (2012), UMBC (2013), University of Baltimore (2014), American University (2015), the Universities at Shady Grove (2016), Towson University (2017), and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2018). The last few conferences have reached maximum capacity (300 attendees).

With the culmination of the 6th Annual SLCE Conference back at UMBC in 2013, then-named Maryland-DC Campus Compact took a greater role in supporting and sponsoring future conferences. It is now a feature event for Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic, connecting faculty, practitioners, and students in the region around service-learning and civic engagement concepts, theory, and practice.

2018 - 11th Annual SLCE

GET ENGAGED – BE THE CHANGE

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic joined over 200 students, faculty, staff and community members from the region at the 2018 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

2017 - 10th Annual SLCE

BE THE SPARK FOR ACTION

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic joined over 200 students, faculty, staff, and community members from the region at the 2017 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference on the Towson University campus on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

2016 - 9th Annual SLCE

STRONGER TOGETHER

Maryland-DC Campus Compact joined over 300 students, staff, and community member organizations from the region at the 2016 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference held at the Universities of Shady Grove on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016.

2015 - 8th Annual SLCE

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.

2014 - 7th Annual SLCE

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.

2013 - 6th Annual SLCE

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.