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Center for Family and Community Engagement

Dr. Sarah Desmarais sitting in courtroom

Nov 15, 2019

Meet Our Director: Dr. Sarah Desmarais

Dr. Sarah Desmarais is a Professor in the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program with the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University (NCSU). In addition to her work as a professor with NCSU, she is the Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE). We at CFACE have been very fortunate… 

CFFACE to CFACE

Nov 15, 2019

CFFACE to CFACE

Latest Update: The Center for Family and Community Engagement is changing! While we are still the organization you know and love, we are updating our look. Part of this update involves our name. While we are still the Center for Family and Community Engagement, our acronym has undergone a slight modification. You have known us… 

Dr. Kwesi Craig C. Brookins in front of sign

Nov 15, 2019

New Faculty Partner: Dr. Kwesi Craig C. Brookins

The Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE) is thrilled to announce our latest faculty partnership with Dr. Kwesi Craig C. Brookins. Dr. Brookins is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at North Carolina State University, where he has graduated over 25 doctoral students. In addition to this, he is the founder and… 

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Jul 19, 2019

Connect With Us Online: @cfacencstate

We are delighted to announce that we are now on FOUR social media platforms! Now you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We are incredibly grateful to you, our audience, for regularly engaging with us online. We hope you will join us on multiple platforms and continue your support.  Also, if… 

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Jul 3, 2019

The Role Self and Perceived Stigma of Military Identity

The Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE) is proud to announce our director, Dr. Sarah L. Desmarais, and our postdoctoral research scholar, Dr. Sam Cacace, have been featured on The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab’s website for their work on self and perceived stigma of military identity; the first study of its kind. Previous work has… 

Megan Fletcher

Jul 1, 2019

Center Spotlight: Megan Fletcher

Meet, Megan! Megan is one of our fabulous Communication Specialists here at the Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFACE). She started working with CFACE in the fall of 2018, and was the primary communication specialist for the Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina (FFA-NC). Her main focus, both for FFA-NC and CFACE, has been… 

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May 20, 2019

Center Spotlight: Raisa Mathies

Meet Raisa Mathies! Raisa is the Center for Family and Community Engagement’s Masters of Social Work Intern. She is currently earning her Masters of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University and has worked for the Center since August 2018. She is an incredible asset to our organization and deserves some recognition! Raisa’s primary… 

Sarah presenting at the Networking Alliance

Apr 26, 2019

The Networking Alliance: A Look Inside Our Organization

The Networking Alliance is the Center for Family and Community Engagement’s advisory council. Members of this council are appointed by the Center director and serve two-year terms. Members are from family and youth groups, community organizations, public agencies, and universities. The Networking Alliance provides guidance to the Center based on their knowledge, experience, and ethical… 

Dr. Joan Pennell at a Conference in Taiwan

Apr 15, 2019

CFFACE Spotlight: What has Dr. Joan Pennell been up to since retirement?

Dr. Joan Pennell became the founding director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFFACE) in 2008, and served in this capacity until her retirement in 2018. She is currently a Professor Emerita of Social Work at North Carolina State University. Although retired, Dr. Pennell has maintained an active role with CFFACE through her… 

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Mar 20, 2019

Cumberland County SOAR is a strong example of a North Carolina Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Planning (CBCAPP) model making an impact

SOAR, which stands for Strengths in Overcoming Adversity thru Resiliency, is a committee comprised of over 40 major county agency stakeholders, dedicated family members, professionals, and community partners who have been working together for over 5 years to come together to reduce child maltreatment in their county. In 2016, PCANC (Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina)…