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The Carolina Center for Public Service…

  • CONNECTS Carolina students, faculty and staff with each other and with community partners

  • Builds campus CAPACITY for community-engaged teaching, research and service

  • CELEBRATES the community engagement of UNC-Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university


Tar Heels Promoting Asian-American Visibility

Using Education to Combat Violence By Alex Saunders In the confusing first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Zhang, then a senior in high school, wanted to visit family and friends in Flushing, a section of Queens, New York City, … Continued

Announcing Carolina’s 2022 SECU Public Fellows Interns

The Carolina Center for Public Service is pleased to announce UNC-Chapel Hill’s third cohort of SECU Public Fellows Interns. Through this program, 19 undergraduate students from Carolina are working throughout the summer in partnership with organizations serving rural communities in … Continued

Tar Heels Spreading Mental Health Awareness

Carolina Undergraduates Promote Mental Health Resources Through the Robert E. Bryan Fellowship, an APPLES Service-Learning Program  June 30, 2022 By Alex Saunders Caroline Clodfelter, director of the student-led TEACH Initiative North Carolina (TEACH), says that substance dependency and mental health … Continued

Announcing the 2022 UNC Public Service Award Recipients

Ten Carolina faculty, staff, students and organizations recognized at the 23rd annual Public Service Awards   Chapel Hill, N.C. – Ten Carolina faculty, staff, students and organizations were recognized at the 23rd annual Public Service Awards on April 12, 2022 … Continued

Riley Harper stands outside of the Durham Scrap Exchange. Additional photos show the materials inside of the organization's building, as well as a ladybug decoration at the location.

First Year Tar Heel Empowers Youth and Addresses Clothing and Food Insecurity

APPLES Intern, Riley Harper, is Making the Most of His Time at Carolina  By Alex Saunders Riley Harper has big dreams to accomplish during his time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a first-year student from … Continued

Redefining Mentorship: A Transformative, Life-Altering & Everlasting Connection

By Shatera McNair, Class of 2022 Sociology Major, Minoring in both Education and Social and Economic Justice   Seeking Reconnection At the tail end of a fully remote 2020-2021 school year, I was frantically planning for my senior year. Similar … Continued

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Class VIII Announced

The Carolina Center for Public Service Announces 10 Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars for 2021-2023 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (OCT. 25, 2021) – A new class of 10 Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) joined together with peer faculty who are diverse in … Continued

“Out of your comfort zone”: Group backpacking during a pandemic

As the rest of us bounced between Zoom classes, Netflix and other screen-mediated activities while sitting inside our cozy homes during last winter’s COVID-19 surge, some Carolina students directed their browsers to and submitted an application for an opportunity … Continued