International Alternative Spring Break: Applications Available

CPCC Service-Learning is excited to announce that it is offering a unique opportunity for students to travel abroad for a transformative hands-on learning experience. During spring break, March 8-14, 2015, six students will have the opportunity to travel to Kingston, Jamaica to complete service projects at the local YMCA – an organization that seeks to promote the development of young people in spirit, mind and body. Kingston, Jamaica – the capital and largest city of Jamaica – is located on the south eastern coast of the island and is considered the island’s cultural and economic heart.

This international service-learning trip is an educational and enriching experience that combines individualistic growth with civic-mindedness. Students will be exposed to and interact with people of different ages, backgrounds and educational levels. Not only will students learn about the culture, but they will also experience it as they work alongside the locals and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about the application process, requirements, cost, and itinerary. You will also find information about local options for those students wishing to stay in the Charlotte area for spring break.

Application Deadline: Monday, December 8, 2014!

The Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships. For more information about how you can get involved, please visit their website at:

Join a Positive Community for Women

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TED Video – Why we have too few women leaders: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers three powerful pieces of advice to women. Sheryl Sandberg, Founder of, wants all women to have the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals. This starts with an active and supportive community.

At CPCC, the Positive Community for Women (PCW) was introduced in hopes to bring about a community for women that supports positive communications and relations for women, about women and with women. The mission of PCW is to provide a positive and educational environment where women are empowered and encouraged to improve their lives through education and personal growth. PCW seeks to support and uplift women as a source of awareness of resources and events, a source of support for confidential exchange and mentoring, and a source of advocacy for student endeavors and for dedication to current and on-going issues concerning women.

PCW is hoping to receive support from faculty and students to find a true niche here at CPCC and increase retention for our female students. PCW is open to all CPCC students, faculty, and staff. PCW is currently holding meetings every Wednesday from 2pm – 3pm on Central Campus. For more information about PCW, please contact Danielle Dosunmu at (704) 330-6954 or e-mail at

Upcoming Event at Sensoria:

What is Beauty?
Central Campus, Tate Hall
Wednesday, April 9th
2:00 PM

Our perspective of self-image and “beauty” is often clouded by our own distorted reflections of self and by the altered images promoted widely in mass media. Join us as we explore perspectives of beauty through illustration and portraiture, considering internal and external perspectives of REAL beauty.

Apply to Be a Ruth Shaw Scholar

Dr. Ruth Shaw, CPCC’s second college president, made a recent gift to the College to create, in partnership with the CPCC Foundation and Student Life, the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program at CPCC. This unique student program aims to:

  • Connect women students to one another and to a supportive network of community mentors.
  • Inspire women students to assume positions of leadership and to celebrate their individual and collective achievements.
  • Nurture female student leaders by encouraging and demonstrating critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and problem-solving strategies.
  • Foster a deeper awareness of the many roles women play and their contributions to society.

The Program, which is limited to 10 female students who will be completing in Fall 2014, CPCC’s Emerging Leaders Program, includes an application process and annual commitment but offers exclusive benefits.

Through monthly luncheons and guided conversations with community mentors, the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program offers interaction with College leaders, faculty, staff and alumnae; personal and professional skill development; hands-on leadership development; and recognition of achievement. As a culminating event and in collaboration with faculty, staff and mentors, participants will plan and execute an annual spring symposium for the community.

APPLICATION: Applications are due to any Student Life office by 5pm, Wednesday, April 16.

Interested applicants should complete the Ruth Shaw Scholars application (click link above). More information regarding the Fall 2014 Emerging Leaders Program will be available soon.

Take the MLK Challenge: Register for a Day of Service

Join us for the annual MLK Challenge

January 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The MLK Challenge on January 20th is an annual Service-Learning Center event that celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection wrap-up. The day begins with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, and then students are randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, students will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. Click HERE to read student reflections from previous MLK Challenges.

This event is FREE and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building (Central Campus). Participants are asked to dress for anything.

To register for this event or to learn more, please contact:

Jenn Marts
Central Campus, OC 241-D

The Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships.

Becoming an Ally for the LGBTQ Community

“Ally Week, taking place this year on October 21-25, 2013, is a whole week where we can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth. Whether you’re a lesbian adult working to make schools safer for today’s youth, or a gay student organizing to create safe spaces for your trans friends, everyone has an opportunity this week to recognize their allyship and take action to become better at it.”Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Allying for Diversity
By Joe Pope, Counseling Services

In preparing this blog post about allies for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community, my initial left-brain response was to consider searching the internet for definitions of allies. However, as a gay man, I realized that I have some of my own ideas to share on this topic.

An ally is the friend in high school that remained true even while the cool kids were calling you names and making fun of you behind your back. An ally is the mother who said, “I don’t really understand why you’re this way, but I love you anyway.” An ally is the person who makes a point of going to the polls and voting for candidates who support equality, not because it affects their rights, but because any law that makes an LGBTQ individual a second-class citizen directly and very personally impacts their own quality of life. An ally is the person who speaks out for you when you think you don’t have a voice.

These days, the voice of allies is becoming a pop culture norm. Macklemore’s hit song “Same Love” won an MTV VMA. Former rugby player Ben Cohen’s Stand Up Foundation, which takes a stand against bullying and promotes equality, is pretty well known. And, a number of other celebrities have spoken out as straight allies: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Brad and Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and the list continues.

As one of the Advisors for Spectrum, CPCC’s student organization for LGBTQ students and allies, I wanted to know what some members of our community think about allies. Here are two responses:

  • JR: “To be an ally means that when we see someone in need we are there to help them as best as we can…to [use] your life to help those you care about.”
  • CFW: “Allies aren’t passive or quiet. They speak up when they hear hateful language or see discriminatory practices around them. They are viable wherever they feel safe doing so, which is often in more places than the actual LGBTQ community can feel safe.”

The following are suggestions for being an ally from the University of Utah’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center:

  • Invite LGBTQ friends and family (and any significant other) to activities with your heterosexual friends.
  • Learn to use the words gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and transgender comfortably and correctly.
  • Be interested in their significant others.
  • Join PFLAG, GLSEN, GLAAD, and other support groups.
  • Volunteer for or contribute to organizations that support the LGBT community, such as Time Out Youth, the LGBT Community Center, or RAIN.
  • Do not inform others of their sexual orientation or identity without prior consent.
  • Let people know you don’t want to hear offensive slang, anti-gay jokes, stereotypical remarks, or put-downs of LGBT people.
  • Write an editorial when someone prints a slanderous article about the LGBT community.
  • Write a letter to your legislators encouraging them to defend the civil rights of the LGBT community.
  • Report illegal discrimination, hate crimes, and abuse to the authorities.

Thank you to all the allies for your love and support! Please consider joining the Spectrum Club. We are a welcoming community that accepts all people, no questions asked. Spectrum has weekly meetings and participates in social events and service projects on campus and within the community. Find us on Facebook by searching for CPCC Spectrum. Fall 2013 meetings are held on Friday at 12:15 in WO 2126 on Central Campus.

Sources: University of Utah’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center