Starting Date: 03-31-2011
Ending Date: 04-03-2011
DeLand, Florida 32723
United StatesStetson University has been selected to host the 2011 IMPACT Conference, a national conference focusing on service, social justice and advocacy. The 27th annual IMPACT Conference is scheduled for next March 31 to April 3 and is expected to draw hundreds of college students and staff members and representatives of nonprofit organizations from across the nation.
“This is a big honor,” said Savannah-Jane Atkins, associate director of Community Engagement and Campus Recreation. “Stetson has had representatives at the Impact Conference for at least five years, and our participation has strengthened our commitment to the community, the natural environment, diversity and efforts toward social justice. We’re looking forward to welcoming others who share our values and want to learn how to make an impact on the world.”
Participants find common ground across issues, ideology, geography and philosophy of social change for the annual conference. Conservative, moderate and liberal students attend, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, climate change, community economic development, health and global topics. The conference includes workshops, speakers and an Opportunities Fair during which nonprofit organizations promote internships and job and volunteer opportunities.
“The different programs offer ways to get more involved in specific issues and to make an impact on your community and explain how to get other students involved and how to mobilize,” Atkins said. “It’s also a great networking opportunity for students because they’re around people who are passionate about the same things they are.”
Stetson has a strong commitment to service-learning and civic engagement through its academic courses, and many student organizations provide service to the community through extracurricular activities. The university has hosted a number of conferences, including the Bonner Summer Leadership Institute in 2009. Through a partnership with the philanthropic Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J., Stetson supports an active Bonner Scholars program that involves undergraduates in service learning, community engagement and leadership training. Stetson is the only Bonner school in Florida.
Geographical Scope: National