UNCW Community Engagement Awards Announced

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The UNCW Office of Community Engagement recognized two UNCW employees and two community partners on May 1 for their commitment to working with the university to serve the greater Wilmington area. The recipients of the 2018-19 Community Engagement Awards are: 

  • Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award: Amanda Boomershine, associate professor of Spanish. The award was originally announced in fall 2018.
  • UNCW Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement: Sean Palmer, director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center
  • Community Partner Award for Excellence in University Engagement: Coastal Horizons and New Hanover County Schools

Boomershine and Palmer were recognized for their significant contributions to UNCW’s culture of community engagement – Boomershine for her work with the Cape Fear region’s Latino community, and Palmer for the Gullah Geechee project, which highlights/highlighted the region’s strong ties to the Gullah culture.

School of Social Work lecturer Loraine Dugan nominated Coastal Horizons for its commitment to helping UNCW prepare its social work students for careers. 

Watson College of Education professor Donyell Roseboro nominated New Hanover County Schools, which has numerous partnerships with UNCW, including Isaac Bear Early College; D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy; arts, education and science fairs; and collaborations through WCE’s Professional Development System, among others. 

In addition to presenting the awards, the event also recognized faculty and community partners who participated in various projects this year, as well as students and nonprofits that will work together as part of the State Employees’ Credit Union Public Fellows Internship Program. 

-- Tricia Vance