Researchers Invited to Propose Community Campus Projects

For more than three years, UNC Wilmington's Community Campus program in the Hillcrest community has stimulated rich service learning opportunities for faculty, students and low-income Hillcrest residents.

Through a partnership with the Wilmington Housing Authority, UNCW has offered multiple services, including a reading program, computer science class, after-school programs for elementary school children, GED classes, job training, senior programs and health and fitness activities. But according to Community Outreach Liaison Kim Lancaster, there are still opportunities for this collaboration to be more fully utilized by university researchers.

With a little creativity, any discipline might benefit from working with this unique group, says Lancaster, including social work, nursing, psychology, history, creative writing, gerontology, art, math and science. Some graduate students have been able to use the program to conduct thesis research.

Lancaster says the experience is rewarding for researchers "because they're giving back their research to help better their community." Funding from research grants has allowed program coordinators to implement changes otherwise impossible.

Researchers interested in new collaborations should contact Kim Lancaster at 962-3498.

Community Campus classroom

Friends, Food and Fun participants and UNCW Public Sociology Student interns after making applesauce with Chef Tripp Engel. Photo Courtesy of UNCW.