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Jun 4, 2015

Marcella Middleton speaks on foster care issues

Marcella Middleton, a youth partner trainer at the Center for Family and Community Engagement, spoke at a foster care seminar at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on May 11th. Marcella shared her story of growing up in the foster care system as testimony in support of a Senate bill that would help improve the foster care experience for youth. She did… 

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Dec 10, 2014

Center Awards and Recognitions, 2013-2014

Check out the Center for Family and Community Engagement awards and recognitions from 2013-2014. 

Nov 18, 2014

Engaging Safely Men who Abuse

Center Trainer Claudia Kearney and Center Director Joan Pennell were invited to make two presentations at the National Safe and Together Model Symposium held in Seattle, Washington. Their well-attended pre institute focused on how men can hold themselves accountable to change how they relate to their families. Their conference workshop examined strategies for convening meetings… 

Oct 21, 2014

Dr. Pennell Inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

Dr. Joan Pennell was inducted as an inaugural member into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. 

Oct 21, 2014

CHASS Sponsors a Panel on Microaggressions in Everyday Life

November 14, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Caldwell Lounge. 

Sep 26, 2014

Moving from Parent Partner to Family Partner in California

“Counties are more open to family partners when [they] see it in action.” 

Aug 6, 2014

Foster Youth and Education

This spring, the Center for Family and Community Engagement employed two NC State MSW students, Stephanie Batchelor and Olivia Reeser, and one Campbell law student, Magen Kite, to research methods for increasing the educational stability of youth in foster care. 

Jul 22, 2014

Successful Five-Year Review!

The Center for Family and Community Engagement celebrated its five-year anniversary by successfully completing a university-required comprehensive evaluation.  As Center Director, Dr. Joan Pennell, said, the review provided an “opportunity to assess the center’s achievement of its objectives and to plan strategies for strengthening the center’s capacity in fulfilling its mission of advancing safe, healthy,… 

Jul 11, 2014

The center’s Claudia Kearney receives an NCSU Award for Excellence

The center's Claudia Kearney is one of only five employees to receive a University Award for Excellence in 2014. 

Jun 26, 2014

Family Group Decision Making

Our center is deeply rooted in family group decision making. The director, Dr. Joan Pennell, originally coined this term to refer to putting families at the center of making plans over their lives. These plans widen the circle of supports to keep child and adult family members safe, healthy, and connected to each other. In…