Engagement

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UNCW’s front door for social innovation and impact 

About Us

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; produce evidence-based policy proposals in support of community-defined goals; and educate students through applied learning experiences in collective pursuit of healthier and more equitable communities.

Vision

A community that uses data, evidence, and best practices to collaboratively produce innovative solutions to our region’s most pressing needs.

Our Team

Chris Prentice Dr. Chris Prentice
Founding Director
Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management
Rachel Caroll Dr. Rachel Carroll
Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science
Stephanie-Smith.jpg Dr. Stephanie Duea
Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Sabrina Cherry Dr. Sabrina Cherry
Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Nick-Pylypiw.png Nick Pylypiw, MSA
Faculty Affiliate
Adjunct Professor of Data Science
Director of Data Science, Cape Fear Collective
Anup Phayal

Dr. Anup Phayal
Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Jill Waity

Dr. Jill Waity
Faculty Fellow 
Associate Professor of Sociology 

Avinash Geda

Dr. Avinash Geda
Faculty Fellow
Assistant Professor of Business Analytics

Aaron King

Dr. Aaron King
Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Political Science 

Prior Faculty Fellows

2019-20
Dr. Anup Phayal, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Professor of Mathematics