UNCW Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement by National Association

Friday, September 12, 2014

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been chosen to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement. UNCW is among the nearly 100 colleges and universities in the nation selected as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, UNCW’s Division of Student Affairs will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities and democratic participation.  UNCW, along with East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, will represent the UNC System in this initiative along with other nationally recognized institutions in civic engagement such as Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Rutgers University. 

“UNCW is pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA’s network of institutions dedicated to developing students’ sense of civic identity as civic engagement is a core value of higher education,” said Sonja Ardoin, director of student leadership and engagement. “Being recognized as a national leader in this field is a reflection of quality of our current efforts and also our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to challenge themselves through leadership and service roles moving forward.”

Jaime Russell, the assistant director of student leadership and engagement, will serve as the university representative for UNCW’s participation in NASPA’s Lead Initiative. Russell learned of the Lead Initiative at NASPA’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference and championed the effort for UNCW to join this prestigious cohort of institutions. 

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and view a complete listing of participating institutions, please visit the NASPA website.