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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


Driving STEM Education in Franklin County

By Brianna Patterson   Fiona Chen ‘25, biology at UNC-Chapel Hill, combined her passions for teaching, science and public service during her summer as an SECU Public Fellows intern with United Way of Franklin County. Chen’s rural hometown, interest in public … Read more

Offering Economic Opportunities in Whitsett

By Brianna Patterson Through the SECU Public Fellow Internship program, Robert Fus ‘26 interned at Peacehaven Community Farm, a community that connects adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Whitsett, North Carolina. Taylor Williams, the lead educator of programs at Peacehaven, … Read more

Making Health Care Accessible to Latine Communities in Durham

By Alexander Saunders Sarah Montross ’23, Health Policy and Management at UNC-Chapel Hill, aspires to be a social worker. She spent summer 2023 as an SECU Public Fellows intern at UNC-Chapel Hill with El Futuro in Durham, who offer mental … Read more

The Carolina Center for Public Service Announces a New Class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars

Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2023) – The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) is pleased to announce the 2023-2025 class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The program brings together selected faculty from across campus in a two-year competency-based experience … Read more

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Stitching Hope: Student Project Brings Healing to Displaced Afghan Women

By Brianna Patterson In 2023, UNC students Divya Patel and co-project lead Grace May received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant to create a program for Afghan women in Carrboro. To implement this project, they collaborated with Refugee Community Partnership, an … Read more

Science Bus Intern Steers Rural Students to STEM

By Susan Hudson, University Communications August 4, 2023 Chen wanted to give back to her hometown. She discovered the State Employees Credit Union public fellow internship with the Innovation Mobile Lab through the Carolina Center for Public Service. A partnership … Read more

Announcing Carolina’s 2023 SECU Public Fellows Interns

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

Buckley Public Service Scholar Graduate Receives the Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award

By Alexander Saunders Honored for 1,382.5 Service Hours and More Nicole Osborne, a May 2023 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate with degrees in Sociology and Human Development and Family Science, received the Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award at the Carolina Chancellor’s awards … Read more