Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships


Bill Kawczynski, Community Partnerships Program Specialist


Roxy Simons, Undergraduate Intern

Connecting UNCW to Our Communities

Worldwide change starts in the community. Our goal is to connect the academic world of UNCW to corporate and community development in order to strengthen ties to a global community. The partnerships that stem from our office have a lasting and significant impact on our region.

Current Initiatives:

  • North Carolina Azalea Festival SEAHAWK SWEEP: Get involved in North Carolina's Azalea Festival Seahawk Sweep in preparation of Wilmington's largest event, The Azalea Festival, the following week (April 9-13). Together as a community, we can make a difference in Wilmington, NC by cleaning up trash in various parts of the city, especially downtown. The garbage collected will be separated between trash and recyclables, at which point both will be weighed in order to determine how much of each was collected. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing how this community can make a difference for other cities to emulate! For more information, click here.
  • Regional Branding Initiative: The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Office of Community Partnerships and the Cameron School of Business have partnered with 20 individuals representing local governments, economic development organizations and a few key industries in the area. Residents of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties participated inteh survey. Click here for the link to the Regional Branding Project and survey results. While the Wilmington region has embarked on a regional branding initiative, the State of North Carolina is now in the process of creating a distinctive identity for the Tar Heel state, and they want the public to help via a competition. Click here for more information.
  • Collaborations Lead to Help for Troubled Creeks: A young woman’s idea to build a rain garden to help two impaired coastal creeks has now become a collaborative effort among two universities, two nonprofit groups, a local business and the city. “This project is important to the City of Wilmington as there is a major push to address the health of Hewletts and Bradley creeks,” said Roger Shew, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, one of the partners. The tidal creeks are on the federal “black list” of sorts for polluted waters, known as the 303(d) list. Hewletts and Bradley creeks are on the list because they’ve been polluted to the point where harvesting oysters and clams is no longer allowed because of high levels of bacteria. The culprit is polluted stormwater runoff, the number one cause of water quality impairment along the N.C. coast. For more information, click here.
  • Chancellor Miller to Serve on Board of Directors for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities: University of North Carolina Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller has been selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), the University announced today. CUMU is a national higher education organization consisting of public and private colleges across the country who value the importance of teaching, research and service to their communities. CUMU is known for creating best practices in university-community partnerships. This has been an emphasis for UNCW since the arrival of Chancellor Miller in July 2011.

    Partnership Profiles: Each month, our office will focus on faculty, staff and students who make a difference regarding their engagement within our local communities. Click here for details: Faculty Staff Student

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