Kentucky Engagement Conference

Kentucky Engagement Conference

The Kentucky Engagement Conference (KEC) was started in 2006 by the University of Kentucky as a way for Kentucky higher education faculty, staff, and administrators to build capacity for the practice and scholarship of engagement. Through the years many institutions have hosted the annual conference which is now sponsored by the Kentucky Campus Compact network. Beginning in 2018 the conference also has a new look. In the even years KEC will focus on a topic for skill building and in the odds years it will be a traditional style event with breakout sessions presented by faculty, staff, administrators and student leaders.

In 2019, the Kentucky Engagement Conference will sponsor a joint conference, entitled the Ohio River Valley Service Learning Conference, alongside the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network, the Kentucky and Ohio Campus Compacts, as well as Children, INC.

Dates, Topic, and Location TBD

Who should attend?  
Faculty, staff, student leaders, and community partners who want to deepen their learning and skills about leading conversations on difficult topics – in the classroom, in the dorms, in clubs, on campus, and with the community.

Conference Goals
• Introduce tools, research, and practice for strengthening civil dialogue
• Strengthen the engagement network by helping participants connect with people from other institutions
• Renew commitment to building transformative campus-community partnerships
• Recognize the outstanding work being done at colleges and universities throughout the region through our new KyCC Engagement Spotlight Awards:  Campus-Community Partnership Award, Collaborator Award, and Excellence in Teaching with Service-Learning Award.


February 8, 2019

(All times in Eastern Standard Time; Schedule subject to change)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction by Gayle Hilleke

8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Small group connection exercise

8:55 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Keynote speaker Patti Clayton and Table Reflection

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Breakout Session #1

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Breakout Session #2

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch, open style with Patti Clayton

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Session #3

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Session #4

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closing remarks from Patti Clayton and Call to Action

Registration fees for the Ohio River Valley Service Learning Conference are listed below.

Faculty / Staff / Community Partners

$100 – (Campus Compact members)

$150 – (non-Campus Compact members)


$10 – (Campus Compact member institutions)

$15 – (non-Campus Compact members institutions)

This year’s conference will center on a multitude of topics impacting the region today. Speakers will discuss opioid addiction, diversity and inclusion on campus, developing service learning, and community engagement, among other pertinent topics. There will be opportunities for connection and reflection on the material discussed.

For questions or concerns, contact Kyle Dorriere at kyle.dorriere {at} kycompact(.)org