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Magjuka and Virgil recognized as civic engagement leaders by NC Campus Compact

Marianne Magjuka and Steve Virgil were each honored by North Carolina Campus Compact during its annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) conference, winning the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year and Engaged Faculty Award. This is the first time that one institution has claimed both awards in the same year.

Magjuka, assistant dean of students and executive director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement (OCCE), was named 2021 Civic Engagement Professional of the Year.

Headshot of Marianne Magjuka, Wake Forest University assistant dean of students and executive director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Marianne Magjuka

The award recognizes a North Carolina higher education administrator who works to realize a campus-wide vision of service, supports the engagement of faculty and students and forms innovative campus-community partnerships. As the  founding executive director of the OCCE, , Magjuka provides visionary and strategic leadership to institutionalize civic engagement at Wake Forest. She has established and advanced many of the University’s  foundational programs related to social justice, civic learning and democratic engagement.

Virgil, executive director of experiential education and clinical professor of law, received the 2021 Engaged Faculty Award.

Headshot of Steve Virgil, Wake Forest University executive director of experiential education and clinical professor of law

Steve Virgil

The award recognizes one faculty member in the state for exemplary engaged teaching and scholarship, including leadership that advances students’ community and civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships and building institutional commitments to service-learning and community engagement.

Since joining the Wake Forest School of Law in 2008, Virgil’s impact has been felt throughout the regional nonprofit and social enterprise spaces through the creation of in-house clinics and field placement courses, which provide students first-hand legal experience. Virgil founded the Community Law & Business Clinic and the Veterans Legal Clinic, through which Wake Forest law students have provided thousands of hours of pro bono services to help address the legal needs of underserved populations in the state.

Visit the OCCE website to learn more.

Virgil named executive director of experiential education

steve.virgil.300x175Associate Clinical Professor of Law Steve Virgil has been named executive director of experiential education for the Wake Forest University School of Law.

In his new role, Virgil will both support existing programs, including clinics, internships, externships and practicum extensions, and seek out new opportunities for meaningful experiential education. He will also provide support to faculty who integrate practical training into their doctrinal courses.

The position was created, in part, to help the law school adhere to proposed new standards set by the American Bar Association for oversight of experiential learning.

Virgil has served as founding director of Wake Forest’s Community Law and Business Clinic since 2008 and is also the founding director of the Institute for Public Engagement, a university-wide institute that promotes community based participatory research and engaged teaching.

He has practiced law for more than 20 years with an emphasis on community economic development and the nonprofit sector. His clients include nonprofit organizations of all sizes and scope, from neighborhood associations to major private foundations and he maintains an active pro bono public interest litigation practice.

He teaches courses on community economic development, poverty, evidence and the nonprofit sector.

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