UNC students, faculty, staff and organizations honored with public service awards

 

 

Neighborhood engagement, promoting health literacy in the Latino community and expanding interpersonal violence prevention at UNC are some of the projects the University will recognize with 2014 Public Service Awards.

Eleven individuals and organizations representing students, faculty, staff and community partners will be honored Wednesday afternoon at the annual Public Service Awards celebration, sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service.

“Since its founding, UNC has been a university dedicated to public service,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the center. “Through a variety of efforts, the work of these 11 individuals and organizations embodies this commitment, and we are proud to honor them as outstanding examples of Carolina’s engagement with the community.”

William Gentry, assistant director and executive programs director for the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will receive the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honoring his decades-long commitment to disaster preparedness and his impact in the field of emergency management. The award is named for Brooks, a Carolina faculty member and administrator for 40 years, in recognition of a sustained record of community service.

Three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards will honor individuals and campus units:

  • Richard Goldberg, research associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will be honored for engaged teaching. His students work with community organizations, health-care providers, teachers and job coaches to develop assistive devices for individuals with disabilities that will allow them to become more independent at work, at school, in their homes or int he community.
  • Kathryn Hunter-Williams, a lecturer in the Department of Dramatic Art, will be honored for engaged research for her work on the school-to-prison pipeline. Her project, None of the Above, explores the intersection of race, poverty, educational policies and incarceration through many different voices, including juvenile justice officials and the incarcerated.
  • The Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina (SCRIPT-NC), an effort of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center will be honored for community partnership with four community college early-childhood programs designed to meet the needs of all children in their communities, including those with disabilities and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

Four individuals and one organization will receive the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, recognizing exemplary public service efforts:

  • Zack Kaplan, an American studies and political science double major, works with the advocacy and outreach team at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill’s historic Northside neighborhood. His goal is to help unify the neighborhood and alleviate the disconnect between students and permanent residents there.
  • Sarah van der Horst, a physical therapy doctoral student, works with Amigas en Salud to provide health literacy and other tools, ranging from exercise classes to nutrition information, to advance the health and independence of underserved Latinas in the Triangle area.
  • Robert Pleasants, interpersonal violence prevention coordinator and adjunct assistant professor of health behavior in the Gillings School, teaches the Leadership and Violence Prevention service-learning course, and he has created the related One Act education program for violence prevention. Each semester, Pleasants places students with community and campus organizations.
  • Kelly Hogan, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology, teaches a service-learning course geared to increase blood platelet donation awareness. Through work with the UNC Blood Donation Center, Hogan’s students focus marketing and education efforts on diverse student groups and the local community.
  • Enrich ESL, a Campus Y committee, provides English tutoring to Chapel Hill’s Latino community, fostering connections and understanding to help address injustices and build stronger communities.

The inaugural Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship will be presented to senior biology major William Gerhard, for his work evaluating the effectiveness of new drinking water infrastructure systems on the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal. He also plans to work with local scientists to create a lab that can assess the effectiveness of water treatment and distribution systems on the island for years to come.

The Davis Projects for Peace Award will be presented to Multilateral Dialogue in the Prokletije/Bjeshkët e Namuna (Accursed Mountains), providing funding for senior geography major Kelsey Aho’s project to foster a multicultural dialogue promoting regional trust and stability.

Five Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships, eight Community Engagement Fellows and 12 North Carolina Outward Bound scholarship recipients will also be recognized during Wednesday’s event.

By Rhonda Beatty, Carolina Center for Public Service.

Public Service News 3/17/2014

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/17 – Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service data collection

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/17- Public Administration Leadership Challenge
3/17- Peace First Prize
3/18- Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service summer internships
3/23- Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards nominations
3/30- Lend for America fellowships
4/1- World of Children Award
4/11- Summer 2014 per-health service-learning internship
5/16- Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
6/30- True Hero, Inc. grants
Train to be a teaching fellow in Charlotte
Moche-Siniscap service-learning in Peru
Proposal development internship with RTI
Global Leadership summer program with Leadership exCHANGE

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/18 & 19- UNC Global passport drive
3/19- The state of domestic and global affairs: a conversation with Senator James Sasser
3/21- Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship spring seminar

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/6- Volunteers needed for Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention
4/12- Carrboro Open Streets volunteer opportunities
Kidzu seeks volunteers
Childcare volunteers needed during support group meetings
Global open idea challenge to empower women and girls
Volunteer tutors needed for refugee evening tutoring program

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/17 – Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service data collection

The Carolina Center for Public Service is collecting campus-wide data for the 2014 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service on behalf of UNC, and we need your help. Last year UNC-Chapel Hill was named to the national 2013 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service honoring Carolina students who contributed more than 952,170 service hours in 2011-2012. Even more impressive, we were one of the few institutions named to the Honor Roll with distinction. The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary, innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. It is the highest recognition an institution can receive in this field. Recognition for the 2014 Honor Roll will be based on the community service and service-learning activities that began or remained ongoing during the 2012-2013 academic year (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). We need your assistance to help demonstrate UNC’s campus-wide commitment to community engagement. If your program or organization has data to report, please complete this short survey by Monday, March 17 to provide us with estimates on involvement from undergraduate and/or graduate students in your programs. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/17- Public Administration Leadership Challenge 

The Public Administration Leadership (PAL) Challenge is a case study competition for UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates that offers the chance to compete for a $1,000 cash prize for solving a unique public administration problem. Organized by School of Government MPA program, the PAL Challenge aims to engage undergraduates in public service leadership. For details, visit PAL online. Application deadline is March 17.

3/17- Peace First Prize

The Peace First Prize grants young people between the ages of 8-22 with a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship recognizing compassion, courage and the ability to create collaborative change. For more information and to apply, visit Peace First Prize. Application deadline is March 17.

3/18- Institue on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service summer internships

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is an eight-week academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. The Institute combines hands-on professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth up to nine credit hours from George Mason University. For more information or to apply, visit DC Internships.org. Application deadline is March 18.

3/23- Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards nominations 

The Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA) are the only teaching and staff awards funded entirely by student fees. They made a difference in your life and education – now is your chance to make a difference in theirs. Nominate an outstanding professor, TA or staff member today. Nominations are due March 23 and can be submitted online at bit.ly/1ja5ocS. For questions, contact uncsutasa@gmail.com.

3/30- Lend for America Fellowships

Lend for America trains students who are seeking to start microfinance organizations at their college campuses. Fellows receive a crash course in microfinance in North Carolina, a full-time paid summer internship with an existing microfinance group at one of three locations (North Carolina, New Jersey or Rhode Island), and year-round support from Lend for America as they start their organizations on campus. Undergraduates and graduates of all majors are encouraged to apply. Visit Lend for American for more information or to apply. Application deadline is March 30.

4/1- World of Children Award

The World of Children Award recognizes a young hero, under the age of 21, who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. The award offers cash grants up to $25,000 to proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2014 honorees. For more information or to apply, visit World of Children Award. Application deadline is April 1.

4/11- Summer 2014 Pre-health Service Learning Internship 

A Helping Hand offers its Pre-Health Internship Program to future healthcare providers to work one-on-one with older adults through a minimum of 120 hours of volunteerism. Interns also receive 30 hours of training on topics related to aging. For details and to apply, visit A Helping Hand. Application deadline is April 11.

5/16- Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

The Ernest A. Lynton Award recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early-career at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research and service to community engagement. The award is sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College. For more information about eligibility or to apply, visit the 2014 Lyton Award. Application deadline is May 16.

6/30- True Hero, Inc. grants

True Hero Inc. is a nonprofit organization that rewards students and schools for doing good work in their communities. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to fund projects at the high school and collegiate levels. For more information about the award or to apply, visit True Hero. Application deadline is June 30.

TRAIN TO BE A TEACHING FELLOW IN CHARLOTTE 

TEACH Charlotte provides an accelerated pathway into teaching for accomplished professionals and recent college graduates who are NOT yet licensed as educators, but who possess the dedication and content knowledge to teach in some of Charlotte’s highest-need schools. TEACH Charlotte seeks outstanding candidates to teach science, math, Spanish and special education, among other subjects. Teachers in these subject areas are in high demand. For details, contact Anh-Thi Mouradov.

Moche-Siniscap service-learning in Peru 

Interested in public health, development and ethnography? The Moche-Siniscap service-learning program provides students and volunteers training and practical experience in community organizing, ethnographic methods and community-based development as well as instruction in contemporary Peru. Work with the Comunidad Camposina de Collambay to map community lands and resources, organize a community health fair and explore the Andes. For details, contact Claire Novotny.

Proposal development internship with RTI 

RTI International offers an internship for students to gain experience at an international nonprofit research institute. Interns learn about the contracting industry from a proposal development perspective and gain knowledge about subcontracting requirements, government compliance, contract and grant types, and working in a team environment. To apply, see current internship opportunities at RTI.

global leadership summer program with leadership exchange

Leadership exCHANGE  announces its 15th annual Global Leadership Program. Join students from around the world for award winning Global Leadership Programs in Prague, Rome, Panama or North Carolina. Two six-week summer programs are available. Earn three to nine semester credits, develop your social entrepreneurship skills, learn theories and models for effective and innovative change, and participate in community service projects. For more information, visit Leadership exCHANGE or contact Heather McDougall.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/18 & 19 - UNC Global Passport Drive

UNC Global will host its ninth annual passport drive 10 a.m. –  3 p.m. March 18 and 19 at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, in room 4003. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will accept applications and answer any questions. While it is recommended to have passport photos taken prior to the drive, a photographer from the UNC One Card Office will be on site to take passport photos if needed. This event is open to students, faculty, staff and their families. Payment information and details about required materials for applications and renewals can be found online at UNC Global.

3/19 - The state of domestic and global affairs: a conversation with Senator James Sasser

James Sasser, who spent more than a quarter-century in public life as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, as U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and as a leading commentator on Sino-U.S. relations and the inner workings of the U.S. Senate, is currently serving as the Morehead-Cain Alumni Visiting Distinguished Professor and Visiting Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute. Susan King, Dean of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor, will facilitate a conversation with Senator Sasser about domestic and global affairs 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 in Graham Memorial, room 039. UNC President Tom Ross will introduce Senator Sasser. For details, visit Honors Carolina.

3/21 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship spring seminar

The Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium continues its seminar series Friday, March 21 with The 4 P’s: Guidelines for Publishing Peer-reviewed Publications with Community Partners. Presenters are Alexandra Lightfoot, director of the CBPR Core at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Eugenia Eng, professor of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Molly DeMarco, project director and research fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; and Jennifer Schaal, board member of The Partnership Project in Greensboro, N.C. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the seminar from 9 – 10:30 a.m. in Dey Hall’s Toy Lounge. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/p9saaz8.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/6 – Volunteers needed for PinWheels for Child Abuse Prevention

The Exchange Clubs’ Child Abuse Prevention Center in Durham will host its PinWheels for Prevention fundraiser Sunday, April 6 at Wheels Fun Park in Durham. Volunteers are needed from noon – 6 p.m. to help with set-up, registration and run activities like go-karts, putt putt golf, roller skating, play gym, skateboarding, batting cages and more. To volunteer, visit the Exchange Family Center online.

4/12 – carrboro open streets opportunity 

Open Street events are held in cities around the world to build community, promote health and well-being, and raise awareness of transportation options. Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on East and West Weaver Street. These streets will be closed to cars that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to sign up, visit Open Streets or contact Julie Collins.

KIDZU SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Are you looking for a chance to share your experience and talents with others? Kidzu Children’s Museum seeks volunteers to support Kidzu’s efforts to bring creative learning to the community by assisting with programs, events and helping with educational exhibits. Kidzu Children’s Museum is a creative hands-on museum (located in University Mall) geared to children up to 10 years of age. For more information, contact Tina Clossick.

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Compass Center is urgently looking for kid-friendly volunteers to provide safe, supportive play for children of all ages while their parents attend support group meetings. Volunteer shifts are typically 6 – 7:30 p.m. or 6 – 8 p.m. and group locations are within walking distance of UNC’s main campus. Childcare can be a huge barrier for many parents, so this service makes a difference in the lives of Compass Center clients. Volunteer opportunities are ongoing. For details, contact the Compass Center.

GLOBAL OPEN IDEA CHALLENGE TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND GIRLS

The OpenIDEO is dedicated to helping women and girls living in low-income urban communities across the world achieve personal safety. The OpenIDEO Challenge asks the OpenIDEO community to think collaboratively and, design solutions and share ideas that enable women to feel safe and empowered, by contributing research, sharing ideas and collaborating with others during the challenge. Carolina students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate, spread the word and submit your ideas. To learn more and get involved, visit OpenIDEO.

VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED FOR REFUGEE EVENING TUTORING PROGRAM

The Refugee Community Partnership offers a weekly tutoring program designed for refugee middle and high school students and their families. Students are primarily from Burma and seek help with homework. Parents attend for English as a Second Language classes as well. Volunteer tutors are needed to work with both students and parents on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tutoring takes places at the Family Resource Center at the South Estes apartment complex. For details, contact Meg Van Voorhis.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONse

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

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SMART Mentoring kicks off with mentor/mentee pairing

SMART Match Day 6Pairing UNC students with area youth for positive mentoring experiences is what SMART Mentoring is all about. Recently, 24 UNC students participating in the SMART Mentoring program, part of the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, met their mentees to kick off a year of activities aimed at making a positive difference in the lives of their mentee.

“I am participating in [SMART] because I recognize the positive effects a mentor can have on young people and I would like to be that positive role model in someone’s life,” said Tavaris Baxter ’14, a SMART mentor. “I hope to gain a friend, someone I will be able to continue to have relationship with after I graduate and into his teenage and adult years.”

In partnership with Volunteers for Youth, SMART fosters meaningful mentoring relationships by providing a variety of activities for mentors and mentees, including workshops for study skills and goals setting, and activities like pumpkin painting and community gardening.

UNC students also enroll in two sociology courses to support their service-learning experience.

Learn more about SMART at ccps.unc.edu.

 

Buckley Public Service Scholars Class of 2013

Two hundred and fifty-eight members of the class of 2013 Buckley Public Service Scholars were honored Friday, May 10, at a ceremony in Memorial Hall. Learn more about each scholars and their achievements.

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Ninth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event

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Seventeen individuals, groups honored for public service

University Gazette

Engaging young girls in healthy lifestyles, promoting interventions against interpersonal and relationship violence, and addressing the critical need for clean water are just a few of the public service projects the University honored during the March 26 awards ceremony hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Seventeen individuals and organizations received honors.

“The breadth and depth of the efforts of these students, faculty, staff and University units exemplify UNC’s commitment to public service and engagement,” said Lynn Blanchard, center director. “The work they have done upholds the tradition of connecting the University’s mission of teaching, research and service to addressing practical problems, and we are proud to honor them.”

Stephen Caiola, associate professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service in recognition of his more than four decades of service through UNC Hospitals and the pharmacy school. His role at Carolina “is one of fulfilled service to others, largely through extending health care to every city and town across the state and beyond,” a nominator said.

Named for Brooks, a Carolina faculty member and administrator since 1972, the award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and has promoted the involvement and guidance of others.

After establishing the clinical pharmacy program at UNC Hospitals, Caiola worked with Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service to improve health care for the underserved in the community. He also involved pharmacy students as charter members of the Student Health Action Coalition, the oldest health affairs student-run clinic in
the country.

The center presented three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards honoring service through teaching, research and partnerships:

  • Patricia S. Parker, associate professor of communication studies, was recognized for her work to provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting;
  • Rebecca J. Macy, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was honored for her work on interpersonal and relationship violence, especially in promoting safety and recovery from the trauma of violence; and
  • The Project GRACE Consortium was recognized for its work to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in African-American communities.

Five people and one organization received Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards in recognition of their exemplary public service efforts:

  • Judith Blau, professor emeritus of sociology, was recognized for founding the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro through her service-learning classes and connections with other campus organizations;
  • Barbara Renner, library services evaluation specialist with the Health Sciences Library, was recognized for expanding the reach of the YOUR HEALTH radio program, produced by the Department of Family Medicine;
  • Camille McGirt, a senior majoring in health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recognized for her work with Healthy Girls Save the World, which promotes healthy bodies, minds and relationships for young girls in the area;
  • Meriwether Evans, a law student, was recognized for her work with the Pro Bono Program, ensuring that people without economic or political means can pursue legal claims and rights;
  • Charlotte Stewart, a law student, was recognized for her work to help found the Orange County Homeless Court, a statewide Veterans Legal Resource Network and the ACLU Voting Rights Education Project; and
  • The Campus Y committee Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment was recognized for its work to promote education to underserved students in the local area.

The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award, named for the late professor of exercise and sport science and longtime member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, honors projects that represent the “service above self” motto of Rotary International.

A Drink For Tomorrow received the award for its work to raise funds and awareness for the global water crisis through Las Cocas Sustainable Water Project in Peru.

http://gazette.unc.edu/2013/04/02/seventeen-individuals-groups-honored-for-public-service/

Students connect with the community during alternative winter break

The winter break is typically a time when students relax and go home to visit family and friends. But for a dedicated group of students participating in APPLES Service-Learning’s alternative winter break, the idea of rest and relaxation was replaced by a desire to serve others. A group of 10 students ventured to Pembroke, N.C. to serve and learn about rural poverty. Over the course of the five-day trip, they worked with community partners to learn more about the realities and solutions to poverty in a rural setting.

As a co-leader of the alternative break group, Alyssa Wadding ’15 gained valuable experience working with her fellow students and passionate community partners. “This trip taught me a lot about what it means to be a leader and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what can be accomplished through teamwork and persistence.”

Alternative break experiences provide students an opportunity to engage in efforts to elevate a social issue by engaging in service in a specific community. Students apply what they are learning, about rural poverty, at different sites in the area through direct and indirect service and advocacy work. The impact students end up making spreads deeper as strong and sustainable partnerships are built with the community partners that students work with during their trips.

Wadding appreciated the relationship built among the alternative break group and the community partners. Between meetings with community members, doing direct service work at the local Boys and Girls Club and a food pantry, and learning about the community’s culture, a lasting bond was formed with community partners. “I had the opportunity to work with many amazing people who came together to form a family that shared many meaningful experiences. I couldn’t have asked for better or more passionate community partners.”

A very special aspect of the alternative break process is the reflection portion of each trip. Students spend time reflecting upon their learning experiences both during the trip and following the students’ return. Wadding enjoyed the reflection process because it allowed her time to take a step back and really think about what she experienced each day and how it related back to her purpose for being on the trip. “With the whirlwind of activities it is easy to get caught up in just making it to the next event, so reflections added another dimension to the overall experience and they were definitely worthwhile.”

Office of the Provost Award celebrates university-community partnership

As the nation’s first public university, Carolina has a long tradition of service to the state of North Carolina. Through the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award, the University proudly recognizes outstanding engaged service and scholarship.

In 2012, the Center established an additional Office of the Provost Award to recognize an outstanding university-community partnership. The inaugural award honored the work of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Core for focusing on problem solving through model collaborative relationships. Melvin Jackson, program director with Strengthening The Black Family, Inc. said, “In the last decade, UNC has been at the forefront in providing growing support for community-based organizations and leaders who have skills, knowledge and training to be equitable partners in community engagement.”

Alexandra Lightfoot, director of the CBPR Core added that CBPR Core’s project Community Engagement Consulting Models: Taking Them to Scale is a perfect example of responsiveness to community concerns and the development of strong community partnerships within its governance, community and intra-university units. “This award not only recognizes the value of engaged research; it also promotes the expertise of community partners in advancing the work of community-academic partnerships through community-based participatory research.”

“Our academies and communities have mutual visions, values and interests that are better served when we are working together, combining our resources and talents to improve our action and learning as we create a healthier, more just and caring North Carolina.”
~ Mac Legerton, executive director, Center for Community Action