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

UNCW’s Campus-to-Community Efforts Earn APLU Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Designation - November 6, 2022

In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) designated the University of North Carolina Wilmington an “Innovation & Economic Prosperity University.” The national designation acknowledges public research universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development. (more)

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UNCW Community Engagement and Impact 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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