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When Service-Learning Comes Full Circle

By Korie Dean, University Communications Originally published Monday, March 29, 2021 Carolina sophomore Samara Perez Labra is working on community development and revitalization initiatives at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County alongside Carolina alumnus Kevin Giff. From the moment Kevin … Continued

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Finding Musical Harmony in a Pandemic

Written By: Eve Elliott ’21 For many people, music has been a saving grace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through TikTok dance tunes and exciting album drops, music brings joy and fosters connection. Over the fall 2020 semester, students in the … Continued

JP Sasser smiles with his science experiment from his activity with his community partner

Serving Across a Diverse Spectrum

By Eve Elliott ’21 This story uses person-first language to describe individuals experiencing autism spectrum disorder. To learn more, you can read the notes in the Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism from the National Clearinghouse … Continued

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Resilience and Connection in Virtual APPLES Alternative Breaks

Written by Eve Elliott ’21   For more than two decades, APPLES alternative breaks took the form of trips in laughter-filled white vans. They included hugs to community partners and group huddles for deep reflection activities. In early March 2020, … Continued

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APPLES Service-Learning Initiative, Pandemic-Style

By Shatera McNair, APPLES Service-Learning Program Assistant In high school, Gargi Dixit volunteered with Young Women in Bio and Kids Are Scientists Too, which both focus on expanding STEM resources for students. When Dixit enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill, leaders in … Continued

Meet Bryan Fellow Rida Bayraktar

Carolina sophomore Rida Bayraktar founded Pink STREAM to educate, motivate, empower and inspire kindergarten through eighth-grade girls in science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and math. By Korie Dean, University Communications, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020   As a young girl, Carolina … Continued

Modi's AWB group in December 2019

Turning a Service-Learning Experience into a Long-Term Commitment

Written by Shatera McNair, APPLES Summer 2020 Undergraduate Fellow Before enrolling at UNC-Chapel Hill, Juhi Modi grew up in the suburbs of Cary, North Carolina. Modi had little exposure to rural areas and doubted that a service-learning experience in rural … Continued

Advocating for Survivors

Rising senior Aida Al-Akhdar is interning at the Compass Center, helping the organization establish Orange County’s new domestic violence shelter and serving as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. By Brandon Bieltz, University Communications One-in-three women and one-in-five men … Continued