Welcome to the Office of
Community Engagement and Applied Learning!

UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning 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 OCEAL 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 (QENO, OLLI, CPE and the Office of the Arts) 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. 

In commemoration of the Stonewall riots of 1969, the OCEAL team honors and celebrates Pride month with you to recognize the achievements and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history around the world. Happy Pride Month to you and yours.
Jeanine M. Mingé, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and Applied Learning
Executive Director of the Office of the Arts

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

Click here to read the OCEAL Newsletter

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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Congratulations to Sarah Daniels - New Director of QENO

I am excited to congratulate Sarah Daniels, MPA, for her appointment to Director of QENO and to the OCEAL team. Sarah earned her MPA from UNCW and has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector.  (more)

UNCW to Install Public Artwork Representing Black Lives in Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working on public artwork to highlight the core belief that Black lives matter. Award-winning sculptor, artist and illustrator Dare Coulter has been commissioned to create the piece. 

“The goal of the project is to use art as a tool for social change; to emphasize awareness about race, identity and the Black experience; and to increase awareness of Wilmington’s history of racial violence,” said Fidias Reyes, director of arts engagement in the UNCW Office of the Arts. (more)