Welcome to the Office of
Community Engagement and Partnerships!

UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships is committed to uplifting our faculty, staff, students and community partners to support a thriving future for southeastern North Carolina, our surrounding region, nation, and the world. 

The mission of OCEP is to create opportunities for faculty and students to engage in community-based learning and scholarship; and to support, leverage, and build applied learning activities across campus aimed at achieving student success.

The Office also acts as the front door for community-based organizations and government institutions seeking University support to address unmet community needs. Our outreach units provide access to inclusive and diverse leadership and learning experiences, cultural programming, and community-building opportunities. We look forward to working with you and for you in the near future. 


For Faculty

Support in activities related to teaching, scholarship, and service.

For Students

Opportunities to practice leadership and inspire positive change.

For Community

Opportunities to connect and partner with the university.


Engagement Outreach Units


News & Events

Information for Faculty About Undergraduate Publishing
March 2, 2022: 12 - 1 p.m.

Are you currently mentoring undergraduates interested in research or other work in the community? Want to serve as a reviewer or editorial board member on an undergraduate journal? The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is holding an information session about publishing as an undergraduate and how faculty can be involved. At the end of the session, we will discuss the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research, an academic journal just for undergraduates that is hosted on UNCW’s campus through the Office of Applied Learning. (more)


IMSRG Model of Practice: Discussion and Brainstorming
March 16, 2022: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Interdisciplinary Minority Student Research Group (IMSRG) is a collective of UNCW faculty mentors and student mentees who identify as racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, first-generation students, military veterans, and/or those who identify as LGBTQIA+. IMSRG was originally funded by a 3-year Strategic Initiative award by the Office of Applied Learning and was named UNCW’s Applied Learning Project of the Year in 2021. The focus of this workshop is to present a preliminary draft of our conceptual mentoring model, model of practice, and an introduction and invitation to attendees’ to help strategize and hone our evolving models in a future concept mapping process. Join via Zoom.


District C: Design Thinking and Team Based Learning Workshop: Wednesday, March 23rd from 10:30-11:30am via Zoom

Are you interested in an innovative design thinking and team based learning model that you can use in your classes? Please come to our District C workshop where we will provide an introduction to the District C organization, information from faculty who are certified District C coaches, and UNCW student perspectives. You will also have the opportunity to learn a District C tool that you can implement in your classroom. Faculty and staff who attend this workshop will be eligible to apply for participation in the District C summer coaching institute sponsored by the Office of Applied Learning. Please join using this Zoom link: https://uncw.zoom.us/j/84889345419?pwd=aEt1Uzh5bUw1alRHM0pMdHlUS2FTZz09

If you have questions, contact District C Certified Coaches Jill Waity, CAS (waityj@uncw.edu), Alicia Sellon, CHHS (sellonm@uncw.edu), or Amy Moody, Watson (moodya@uncw.edu)  


Arts Education: Using Art to Facilitate Learning and Promote Critical Thinking [Fidias Reyes, Katie Crosby]
April 7, 2022: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m

ARTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: The Office of the Arts is creating opportunities for creativity, engagement, and empowerment through social justice work.

  • Community Reading Initiatives - NEA Big Read
  • Multi-disciplinary project incorporating NHC Resiliency Taskforce CRM training with Hip Hop (visual arts, spoken word, beatmaking and DJing)
  • Workshops, lectures, demonstrations with local, regional and international artists
  • Expanding on UNCW’s work around DEI with Reggae Redemption Rising, Because It’s Time Public Art, A World of Aging, Blackness: A Framework and Arts Equity Fellowship Program

Join via Zoom.


CSI, Chris Prentice & Stephanie Duea: Partnering with Community Organizations
April 12, 2022: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m

Center for Social Impact: The Center’s faculty and staff conduct interdisciplinary research with community partners; consult with local organizations to improve service delivery, cross-sector collaboration, and philanthropic engagement; and produce evidence-based policy proposals in support of community-defined goals in collective pursuit of healthier and more equitable communities. The focus of this workshop is on how to productively and meaningfully engage community partners to collaboratively produce insights for practice and novel programs that promote positive social change.

Join via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 810 4981 7973
Passcode: 992584


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UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning posts  monthly updates  with information about UNCW faculty, staff, and student work in collaboration with community partners, as well as a listing of upcoming public events (some of which require registration). These updates are posted here and on our  Facebook page  and sent out to our email list. To submit stories or events for a future newsletter please contact  communityengagement@uncw.edu.

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