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Who are the Community Engagement Specialists?

The Community Engagement Specialists, known as the CES team, are the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement's oldest group of student leaders! Utilizing the framework of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this group of student-leaders coordinates service projects and community partnerships on campus and in the Wilmington community to make volunteering easier and more accessible for UNCW students. Additionally, the CES team actively works to educate campus on the social issues impacting the Wilmington community.

Led by a student Director, the primary goal of the CES team is to work with our community partners to create weekly service projects for UNCW students. Here are some examples of their current and past partnerships: 

  • Children and Education: Boys and Girls Club, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, GLOW: Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, etc. 
  • Food and Housing Insecurity: Hawk's Harvest Food Pantry, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Rise Up Community Farm, Eden Village, Good Shepherd Center, etc. 
  • Health and Wellness: Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Miracle League of Wilmington, etc. 

Interested in Joining the CES Team?

What are the responsibilities of a Community Engagement Specialist?
  • Collaboratively work with community partners to plan and facilitate service experiences for UNCW students
  • Create educational marketing on social issues that are facing the community
  • Attend retreats and trainings - typically one retreat at start of each semester with training embedded into the retreats and weekly meetings.
  • Work a max of 5 hours in the Office of Student Community Engagement and Service Learning, earning $8/hour.

To learn more about the CES position, and to apply, please click the button below! 

Apply to be a Community Engagement Specialist!

Meet the 2021 Team!

Community Engagement Specialists Names and Roles

 Alyssa Douglas

Year: Senior

Major: Communication Studies

Minor: Leadership Studies

CES Role: Co-Director

"The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph" The Buttery Circus


Natalie Harrison

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

CES Role: Co-Director

"A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms." Og Mandino

Alex Grant

Year: Sophomore

Major: Political Science

Minor: Pre-Law

CES Social Issue Focus: Food and Housing Insecurity

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." -Tony Robbins

Sarah Hayes

Year: Sophomore

Major: Recreation Therapy

Minors: Psychology & Leadership Studies

CES Social Issue Focus: Children and Education

"You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try" -Dolly Parton

Emily Esarove

Year: Senior

Major: Exercise Science

Minor: Biology w/Concentration in Allied Health

CES Social Issue Focus: Health and Wellness

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." -Robin Williams

Nina Concepcion

Year: Senior

Major: Exercise Science

Minors: Psychology, Biology, & Applied Behavior Analysis

CES Social Issue Focus: Health and Wellness

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Nelson Mandela

Leslie Montalban

Year: Senior

Major: Spanish

Minor: Biology

CES Social Issue Focus: Health and Wellness

Fun Fact: I love meeting new people, and a good cup of coffee will always any day better. 

Elizabeth Montalban

Year: Junior

Major: Film Studies and Pre-Recreation Therapy

CES Social Issue Focus: Health and Wellness

"As long as you're learning, you're not failing." Bob Ross

Bella Stanbury

Year: Sophomore

Major: Business Administration w/Concentration in Marketing

CES Social Issue Focus: Children and Education

"Change is inevitable, growth is optional." John Maxwell



Have questions? Want to get involved?

Stop by our office during business hours! We'd be happy to meet with you (in-person or virtually) and share more information about this opportunity. Please email or call (910) 962-3877 with your questions.