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Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday Center for Continuing Education
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Keynote speaker: Dr. Dorian Burton, assistant executive director for the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust



UPDATE: The 2020 CET Conference was a success! The conference organizers are looking forward to bringing you information about our 2021 conference soon.


The Carolina Center for Public Service and UNC Rural are hosting the Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships conference to bring together stakeholders from North Carolina’s rural communities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to highlight and encourage authentic, effective and sustainable collaborations for the public good.

North Carolina is a predominantly rural state; 80 of 100 counties have low enough population density to be considered rural. The state’s many rural communities offer tremendous strengths and assets that benefit North Carolina, while frequently facing challenges around key drivers of well-being such as education, food securityemployment opportunities, environmental resilience, housing and transportationThe people who live and work in rural communities understand these challenges and are the best-suited leaders to drive the development of solutions. As the nation’s first public university, UNC-Chapel Hill has a long history of partnering with rural community stakeholders through the teaching, research and public service that define Carolina’s mission. At the Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships conference, rural community representatives and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students will come together to listen, learn and think creatively, informed by the past and focused on the future.  

At this conference we aim to: 

  • Connect: highlight collaborative partnerships between UNC-Chapel Hill and rural communities in North Carolina by bringing together participants and presenters   
  • Engage: provide compelling and dynamic opportunities for interaction to support sustained and effective development of rural community partnerships   
  • Transform: encourage learning from each other to inform and strengthen ongoing and future initiatives between rural communities and UNC-Chapel Hill to promote the well-being of all 


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Thanks for your interest in participation!