The Carolina Center for Public Service connects the energy and expertise of both the University and the community to provide students, faculty and staff with deep and transformative experiences. Through engaged scholarship and service, we work together to create collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to local and global challenges.
As the first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a long and proud history of service. The tradition of service for the common good has evolved into a commitment to deeper engagement that involves mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and communities in North Carolina. In 1999, the University established the Carolina Center for Public Service to strengthen and expand this tradition of engagement, as well as to continue changing lives through educating scholars and leaders dedicated to forging a brighter future for our state, nation and the world.
The Carolina Center for Public Service offers a variety of programs that support service and engagement, providing students, faculty and staff many ways to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and link their academic endeavors to making a difference in communities across North Carolina. On July 1, 2009, the APPLES Service-Learning program officially became a program of the Carolina Center for Public Service bringing together two organizations with rich histories rooted in service-learning and scholarship to become more integrated in addressing Carolina’s mission of public service. The result is enhanced engagement with communities and better support of the students, faculty and staff with whom we work.
The Carolina Center for Public Service engages and supports the faculty, students, and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The Center strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.