Institute for Emerging Issues Monthly Digest - July 2019
Institute for Emerging Issues Monthly Digest - July 2019 


July 26, 2019
A Word from the Director | July 2019

Summertime is reunion time in North Carolina and across the US. We come back to high schools and colleges. We get together with friends. We bring together our extended families. We reconnect to people and places that matter to us.

Sometimes reunions are hard – the people have changed; the places have changed. We’ve changed.

But we come back because it is worth it to us; there is something about it that makes it “worth it.”

It’s in that spirit that we are calling people in communities across the state back together on August 14 for what we are calling “Reconnect Day.”

We’re asking people to come together to talk about an issue they care about.

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ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Registration Now Open

Join us on October 15, 2019 in Charlotte, for our third forum in the ReCONNECT NC series, ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity.


The forum will focus on creating and strengthening pathways to sustainable wage employment for existing workers, especially those earning lower incomes. We will examine ways to connect adult workers to information about sustainable-wage employment, identify accessible education opportunities and promote programs that remove non-academic barriers to, and provide support for, postsecondary education.

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How is OIC of Rocky Mount addressing the skills gap in their community?

We visited Rocky Mount on July 24 to learn from one of the communities in our Economic Opportunity cohort. How is OIC of Rocky Mount addressing the skills gap in their community? By providing health care, education, and training that empowers people to improve themselves holistically, not just economically.

Learn more when they present at the Reconnect to Economic Opportunity forum in Charlotte on October 15!


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IEI welcomes Pearce Godwin to Civic Conversations team

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is excited to announce that Pearce Godwin, founder and CEO of Listen First Project, will be leading IEI’s Civic Conversation Initiative this summer.

Since 2013, Godwin has been encouraging people all over the world to bridge divides through meaningful conversations.

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Partnering with Leadership NC to take Civic Conversations on the road

We’re partnering with Leadership North Carolina to take Civic Conversations on the road! Catch us around the state August 12-16 as we practice skills for conversations across differences. Join LNC alumni and friends for a rich, all-too-rare experience that you can then take into your communities to turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division in North Carolina. Register today and invite someone you know to come talk!

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August 14 is ReCONNECT NC DAY

Wednesday, August 14! This culture-shifting movement of conversations across differences in North Carolina will kick-off with the first ReCONNECT NC Day on August 14th!

ReCONNECT NC Day is a bold annual occasion for North Carolinians of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to rally around conversations that create greater connection.

Through in-person and virtual conversations from the mountains to the coast exploring any topic of interest, people of all stripes will listen first to understand and revitalize North Carolina together.

Will you be a part of this landmark day for our state?

Learn more and Sign Up »
Service Year NC - New AmeriCorps VISTA Position (Randolph Partnership for Children)

The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State is recruiting for a new AmeriCorps VISTA position with Randolph County Partnership for Children.

The VISTA at the Randolph Partnership for Children will lead the organization’s fiscal and service mapping project for services and supports to families with children birth-5. The work will address food deserts, child care deserts, school readiness, health, and toxic stress.

Questions? Contact Maggie Woods at


Partner Spotlights

William C. Friday Dialogues for Civic Leadership
3rd Thursdays, Monthly
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Thursday, December 19, 2019
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Southern Regional AHEC Education Center, 3rd Floor
1601 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304 Click here to learn more


NC Chamber
Education and Workforce Conference
August 20, 2019
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC 27703 Click here to learn more


Gathering For Rural Faith Leaders
Thursday, August 29
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pink Hill United Methodist Church
Click here to learn more

October 15, 2019
ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity
Charlotte, NC.
Register Now!
Early Bird Registration Ends Aug 15!
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