UNC faculty recognized for engaged scholarship; work connecting with the community

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars class VIChapel Hill, N.C. – Nine Carolina faculty members were recognized as Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars for their community engagement through scholarly endeavors. Anna Agbe-Davies, Antoine Bailliard, Leisha DeHart-Davis, Kimon Divaris, Julia Haslett, Coretta Jenerette, Alexandra Lightfoot, Enrique W. Neblett Jr. and Rachel Willis will be honored as graduates of class VI of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program during a lunch celebration at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

The program, an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service, brings together selected faculty from across campus for a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a supportive learning community. The growing network of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars reports outcomes including new interdisciplinary collaborations, successful grant applications and both traditional and innovative products of their scholarship.

“The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program built my confidence, refined my approach and grew my skill set in conducting engaged scholarship,” said Enrique Neblett, an associate professor in psychology and neuroscience. “Through the program, I learned about how African-American youth and families in Southeast Raleigh view contemporary racism, the impact of these experiences on mental health and possible solutions to alleviate the suffering of those who experience racism and other social stressors. I will be forever grateful for the supportive community afforded by my fellow scholars and program colleagues, who sharpened my project and expanded my view – through sharing their own projects – of what constitutes effective, high-quality and high-impact engaged scholarship.”

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars class VI visit CAARE in Durham, NC

The Carolina Center for Public Service created the Faculty Engaged Scholars program in 2007 to advance faculty involvement in engaged scholarship. In 2013, an endowment honoring UNC’s former chancellor H. Holden Thorp was established to support faculty in the program. Selected through a competitive process, Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars learn about and pursue community engagement through scholarly endeavors during the two-year program. Since the program began, 63 faculty members have been selected from 12 professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, representing more than 28 departments.

“The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars training and resources enabled me to better access diverse stakeholders and places related to port planning for climate change,” said Rachel Willis, a professor in American studies. “It also facilitated me participating in technical summits with governments, observing for-profit enterprises, learning from nonprofit organizations on the environment, listening to global policy practitioners and engaging residents of North Carolina port communities. The result is the development of two new courses and significant progress on a manuscript. I am in debt to the Carolina Center for Public Service and the many Faculty Engaged Scholars who have shared their methodology, field sites and advice so generously.”

The graduates and their work

These nine faculty members have distinguished themselves as engaged scholars through their commitment to serve others and strengthen university-community relationships.

Anna Agbe-Davies, an associate professor in anthropology, has always approached her research program as “public archaeology”— engaged scholarship with results that matter for descendant communities, policymakers and the general public. Since 2016, she has conducted archaeological fieldwork at the childhood home of civil rights activist Pauli Murray in Durham, North Carolina where race, gender and civic activism are front and center. Her larger project brings together material and archival evidence to consider the circumstances within which African-American women developed and expressed their demands for a more just society. For Agbe-Davies, archaeology provides an opportunity to consider the actions by which ordinary people, day in and day out, responded to the challenges posed by the patriarchal and racist ideologies of their day. How did black women’s activism shape their communities in the first part of the 20th century? And what life experiences fostered the passion for equality that consumed Pauli Murray? By partnering with activists who see the importance of archaeology in their educational and social justice missions, Agbe-Davies addresses questions like these.

Antoine Bailliard, an assistant professor in Allied Health Sciences, collaborates with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and their clients. For his project, Bailliard partnered with individuals with mental illness to co-create adaptive strategies that they can integrate into their everyday lives outside of clinical settings. Using photo- and video-elicitation to highlight perspectives on how sensory processing deficits impact real-world participation in meaningful activities for adults with mental illness, the project aimed to use the data collected to co-create sensory modulation strategies that improve participation and quality of life for participants. This work fills research gaps on the impact of trait sensory processing deficits while acknowledging the expertise of adults with mental illness regarding their own lived experience.

Leisha DeHart-Davis, an associate professor, directs the UNC School of Government’s Local Government Workplaces Initiative, which taps an international network of public organizational behavior scholars to conduct research for North Carolina cities and counties. Participating cities and counties receive critical information about employees’ perspectives on a range of workplace issues, while participating academics receive on-the-ground data for pragmatic theory building and testing. Local governments serve as partners in the research, informing the development of survey instruments and interview protocols, providing feedback on study implementation and interpreting research results alongside study investigators. The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars experience equipped her to build stronger relationships with local government partners and to expand her outreach to practitioners who can benefit from the research. For example, DeHart-Davis commissioned a visual identity for the initiative with input from local government partners that enabled a consistent image in their outreach efforts. Without the resources of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program, she would not have fully understood the importance of developing community partners or communicating with them on a consistent basis.

Kimon Divaris, an associate professor in pediatric dentistry, is also an oral and genetic epidemiologist and board-certified pediatric dentist. His expertise and current research cover a wide range of proximal and distal oral health determinants with the goal of improving young children’s oral health and reducing associated health disparities. His project explored avenues to increase the translation rate of oral health genomics information to the public, particularly to groups that are traditionally under-represented in this type of research. In partnership with parents, health care providers, community health workers and preschool teachers, Divaris conducted qualitative work to better understand the standpoint, readiness, receipt, appreciation and potential use of genomics to bring about meaningful improvements in North Carolina’s children’s oral health.

Julia Haslett, an assistant professor in communication and a documentary filmmaker, creates projects that respond to pressing social issues that impact underserved communities. Her films have explored healthcare inequities in the U.S., cross-cultural medicine, climate change in China, and the French social philosopher and activist Simone Weil. Haslett’s films have screened around the world at film festivals, theaters and universities, on television, online and in numerous community settings. Haslett’s project focused on creating a socially-engaged documentary film exploring family narratives of African-Americans living in North Carolina, specifically those that pertain to the transgenerational transmission of trauma dating back to slavery.

Coretta Jenerette, an associate professor in nursing, is committed to improving the health outcomes of people living with and managing sickle cell disease (SCD), a painful inherited hemoglobin disorder that causes less oxygen to reach vital organs and other parts of the body. Because many individuals in the sickle cell community have difficulty with finding the care they need when they seek pain management services, Jenerette worked with community partners in Durham and Wake counties to develop and test a web-based virtual training tool to help individuals living with SCD better communicate with their healthcare providers. Videos from the website depicting patient-provider scenarios have been shared with the sickle cell community and health care providers with the goal of helping individuals and families living with SCD achieve better healthcare outcomes, including relief from pain and symptoms.

Alexandra Lightfoot, a research assistant professor in public health, uses a community-based participatory research approach to address racial and ethnic health disparities with communities across North Carolina. As a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar, she worked on three initiatives. First, she enhanced her engaged teaching, incorporating participatory photography to facilitate explorations of racial identity with her public health students to help them develop an equity lens to bring to their work as practitioners. Second, she expanded her independent research, building a new collaboration with investigators and community partners in Western North Carolina to further adapt an adolescent sexual health intervention for public schools in a new context. Finally, she developed a new global partnership focusing on barriers to girls’ education in rural Nepal. Working with a Nepalese colleague, she is launching a participatory research program to engage rural girls and their families, gain better understanding of the barriers to girls’ education through their eyes, and identify strategies with them to increase school retention.

Enrique W. Neblett Jr., an associate professor in psychology and neuroscience, conducts research that examines the link between racism and health among African-American adolescents and young adults. He is particularly interested in the role of racial identity, racial socialization and Africentric worldview as cultural protective factors that mitigate the impact of racism on mental and physical health. Neblett’s project employed photovoice, group interviews and community engagement sessions to examine issues of racial equity and mental health care disparities for African-American children, youth and families in Raleigh, North Carolina. He aspires to develop interventions and life-based learning for black youth that may assist in negotiating the negative mental and physical health consequences of individual, institutional, cultural and structural racism in the community.

Rachel Willis, a professor of American studies, is a labor economist focused on access to work in the global economy. Her research on global freight transportation planning for climate change in port cities is a result of fellowships at the Institute for Emerging Issues, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Global Research Institute. Sea-level rise, drought, rising global temperatures and increased storm severity threaten port communities, influence migration, alter global foodsheds and impact future access to work through complex water connections related to infrastructure. The critical need for planning and action to meet the challenges of building resilient communities at local and global levels is central to her Water Over the Bridge project. Willis’ previous engaged scholarship projects on work access with respect to childcare, education, transportation and disability have resulted in long-term university/community collaborations across North Carolina.

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Public Service News 7/23/2018

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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

8/3 – Pre-health service learning internship
8/21 – Carolina Navigators Global Internships
8/21 – Carolina Navigators Global Service Learning Experience
10/24 – Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program
Chatham Habitat for Humanity seeks a public relations intern

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity
Tutor students in prison
Volunteer as a coach with Carrboro Recreation and Parks
Off-campus living learning community
Medical Spanish interpreters needed for farmworker clinic
Volunteer at Compass Center

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

8/3 – Pre-health service learning internship

A Helping Hand’s service learning internship program offers future healthcare providers experience working one-on-one with older adults. Interns volunteer for a minimum of 90 hours and receive training on topics related to aging. Priority will be given to applications received before Aug. 3. For questions, contact A Helping Hand.

8/21 – Carolina Navigators Global Internships

Carolina Navigators is hiring nine student interns for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interns will gain valuable professional experience relevant to communications, international education and nonprofit program management. To apply, email Liz Bucrek your resume and a cover letter detailing why the internship is a good fit for you, and why you would be the ideal candidate. Application deadline is Aug. 21.

8/21 – Carolina Navigators Global Service Learning Experience

Carolina Navigators is a selective academic service-learning program at Carolina. Throughout the semester, students learn about global education and increase their intercultural knowledge by creating global education resources for K-12 students and educators in North Carolina. Apply by Aug. 21 at Carolina Navigators. For questions, contact Liz Bucrek.

10/24 – Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers the Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society fellowship, a new initiative that supports humanities scholars who seek to partner with nonacademic organizations in their research and encourage innovation in doctoral education at their universities. Fellowships are open to faculty who hold tenured positions in Ph.D.-granting departments or programs at universities in the United States. Twelve fellowships will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year. Each fellowship carries a $75,000 stipend, funds for research, travel, and related project and hosting costs. Apply by Oct. 24. For questions, contact fellowships@acls.org.

Chatham Habitat for Humanity seeks a public relations intern

Chatham Habitat for Humanity seeks a fall 2018 public relations intern. Applicants should have a basic understanding of public relations strategies and tactics, including press releases, social media campaigns, blog posts, infographics and more. For questions, contact Rachel Horowitz.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity

The Good Neighbor Initiative GNI is an effort by the Chapel Hill Police Department, EmPowerment Inc. and other organizations to promote positive living experiences in neighborhoods where students and non-students live in close proximity. Volunteers are needed for this year’s Door-to-Door Walk Around, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. For details and to sign-up, visit Good Neighbor Initiative 2018 volunteers.

Tutor students in prison

The Friday Center’s Correctional Education Program brings for-credit Carolina courses to students in prison. Tutors assist with developing and editing written work, providing crucial support for students of diverse academic backgrounds. If interested and to learn more, contact Raphael Ginsberg.

Volunteer as a coach with Carrboro Recreation and Parks

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is accepting applications for girls field hockey coaches and girls softball coaches. Coaches must teach field hockey/softball playing skills and fundamentals, attend pre-season meetings and clinics, team placement evaluations, participate in a player draft, and exhibit an ability to organize practices. Visit Carrboro Recreation and Parks to complete an online application, or contact Corina Riley for a paper application.

Off-campus living learning community

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center invites students to live in the first undergraduate intentional house in Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood. The program will connect socially conscious students with each other, and help them to deepen their understanding of and cultivate meaningful relationships within their community. Students will sign a one-year lease beginning in August, and commit to participating in monthly meetings and community engagement activities. Contact Aly to apply.

Medical Spanish interpreters needed for farmworker clinic

The Farmworker Student Health Alliance in the UNC School of Medicine needs volunteers to serve as Spanish interpreters with Farmworker Student Health Alliance every Thursday evening at the Benson Area Medical Center farmworker clinics. A free dinner is provided, and mileage is reimbursed. Each week, two to three volunteer Spanish interpreters rotate with a provider to translate during the patient’s visit. Additionally, at least one volunteer per week will have the opportunity to lead health education training. This is a great opportunity for pre-med students.

Volunteer at Compass Center

Compass Center for Women and Families has fall volunteer opportunities with hotline and court advocates, information and referral, career program volunteers and more. Email clientservices@compassctr.org for more information or visit Compass Center.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 7/9/2018

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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/13 – Apply for APPLES SLI: Launch
8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

8/3 – Pre-health service learning internship
9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition
Apply for Carolina College Advising Corps
I.F. Health Inc. seeks social media intern

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity
Tutor students in prison
Student Health Action Coalition seeks Mandarin interpreters
Food distribution volunteers needed
Founding members wanted for health career organization
Volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop
Garden with Edible Campus UNC
Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger
Platelet donors needed at UNC Blood Donation Center

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

7/13 – Apply for APPLES SLI: Launch

APPLES SLI: Launch 2018, set for Aug. 15-17, is open to new Carolina students. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students, and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. Apply by July 13 through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

8/3 – Pre-health service learning internship

A Helping Hand’s service learning internship program offers future healthcare providers experience working one-on-one with older adults. Interns volunteer for a minimum of 90 hours and receive training on topics related to aging. Priority will be given to applications received before Aug. 3. For questions, contact A Helping Hand.

9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition

Carolina Global Photography Competition is accepting photos for its 19th annual amateur photo competition. The competition, which is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an opportunity to showcase Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service. Photos may represent any world region and there is no restriction on the period in which the photo was taken. Entries will be judged on artistic merit and context, and winners will be displayed in the FedEx Global Education Center. For details, visit globalphoto.unc.edu.

Apply for Carolina College Advising Corps

The Carolina College Advising Corps seeks advisers to serve in high schools located in Alamance, Edgecombe, Guilford, Pitt, Surry and Vance counties. Advisers assist underrepresented, low income, and/or minority students throughout the college application process. For details on this full-time, 11-month position or to apply, visit Carolina College Advising Corps. Training starts July 2018.

I.F. Health Inc. seeks social media intern

Immigrant and Family (I.F.) Health is a start-up nonprofit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to serving the community by promoting health lifestyles and providing resources to healthcare programs. A social media intern is needed to advance and share the organizations work. If interested or for questions, contact John Tuong. Apply at I.F. Health.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity

The Good Neighbor Initiative GNI is an effort by the Chapel Hill Police Department, EmPowerment Inc. and other organizations to promote positive living experiences in neighborhoods where students and non-students live in close proximity. Volunteers are needed for this year’s Door-to-Door Walk Around, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. For details and to sign-up, visit Good Neighbor Initiative 2018 volunteers.

Tutor students in prison

The Friday Center’s Correctional Education Program brings for-credit Carolina courses to students in prison. Tutors assist with developing and editing written work, providing crucial support for students of diverse academic backgrounds. If interested and to learn more, contact Raphael Ginsberg.

Student Health Action Coalition seeks Mandarin interpreters

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a student-led free community clinic, is recruiting Mandarin speakers to translate and serve as a direct link between clinic workers and patients. If you have experience with Mandarin, contact Alyssa Guo or Jacky Zheng to set up an assessment.

Food distribution volunteers needed

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Grow to Life and the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department need volunteers to assist with food distribution the first Tuesday of every month. Volunteers should arrive at 10 a.m. to pack boxes, loading cars and directing traffic. Distribution begins at noon at the Homestead Aquatic Center parking lot, 300 Northern Park Drive in Chapel Hill. For questions, contact Grow to Life.

Founding members wanted for health career organization

Interdisciplinary Health Career Collaboration seeks undergraduate pre-health majors who are interested in being a founding member of UNC’s first interdisciplinary health career organization. This organization will host discussions on prevalent medical conditions, and facilitate discussion on how to treat these conditions from a variety of professional perspectives, including medicine, PA, nursing, public health, social work and more. For details, contact Hannah Snow.

Volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop

The PTA Thrift Shop has a variety of volunteer opportunities for college students. Volunteer hours can provide a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, persona and career objectives. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Pat Richardson.

Garden with Edible Campus UNC

Help grow food across Carolina’s campus; volunteer with Edible Campus UNC. Volunteers meet in the big garden behind Davis Library noon – 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursdays.No gardening experience is necessary. For more information and other ways to get involved, Edible Campus UNC or contact ediblecampusunc@gmail.com.

Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger

Earn volunteer hours while impacting and connecting with the Carolina’s newest students. Work with Rise Against Hunger this summer at orientation meal packaging sessions. Gain valuable leadership experience by helping ensure thousands of meals successfully make it as hunger relief to developing nations. Volunteers must be consistent throughout the summer orientation sessions. Up to six volunteers are needed for each packaging event; only sign up for the dates you know you can attend. Contact Hunter Gadwill or Toby Bader with changes to your chosen orientation sessions or if you have questions.

Platelet donors needed at UNC Blood Donation Center

The UNC Blood Donation Center invites students who are staying on campus this summer to donate platelets. The center is open Monday through Friday and has appointments from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free snacks, drinks, wifi and parking are provided. Bring a friend and receive movie tickets. Bring two or three friends and receive a pizza party. Visit UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center for details.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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APPLES intern strikes the right chord with Carolina Meadows

summer intern 2018Carolina’s Turner Medlicott is enjoying the opportunity to share his love of music with the residents of Carolina Meadows through an internship with the Music & Memory program

By Johnny Andrews, University Communications

This summer, a member of the Marching Tar Heels is bringing his love for music to residents of the Carolina Meadows retirement community in Chapel Hill, one playlist at a time.

As an intern with Carolina Meadow’s Music & Memory program, UNC-Chapel Hill junior Turner Medlicott is helping patients with dementia reconnect with the world around them through music.

“Studies have found that people with different forms of dementia are really helped by music to either just calm them or to bring them more into the present or connect with their emotions,” said Medlicott, a psychology major.

Medlicott’s internship is part of the APPLES Service-Learning program based out of the Carolina Center for Public Service. The student-led program pairs Carolina students with community or governmental organizations for a variety of internships in either the spring semester or during the summer.

Medlicott’s primary role is to create personalized playlists that are tailored specifically to a resident’s memories or interests.

“That requires me going in and talking to them and talking to their families about what music they enjoyed dancing to, what they enjoyed singing along to, maybe what they played at the wedding — songs that might have meant a lot to them,” he said.

The time and care he takes to create those playlists has made Medlicott an invaluable member of the Music & Memory team, said Carolina Meadows Volunteer Coordinator Kris O’Keefe.

“We really would not be able to keep it going if it weren’t for the interns from UNC-Chapel Hill,” she said.

Click here to watch Turner talk about his summer internship with Carolina Meadows.

Public Service News 6/25/2018

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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers
7/13 – Apply for APPLES SLI: Launch
8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/31 – Read.Write.Act. 2018 call for proposals
9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition
Apply for Carolina College Advising Corps
I.F. Health Inc. seeks social media intern

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/30 – UNC Oral Cancer 5K and health fair

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

7/4 – July 4th Celebration volunteers needed
8/1 – Help Delete Blood Cancer at the NC Wellness & Safety Expo
8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity
Student Health Action Coalition seeks Mandarin interpreters
Food distribution volunteers needed
Founding members wanted for health career organization
Volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop
Garden with Edible Campus UNC
Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger
A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions
Platelet donors needed at UNC Blood Donation Center

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

6/26 – APPLES community partner orientation

Organizations and staff new to APPLES Service-Learning are invited to attend APPLES’ community partner orientation. Information will include an overview of service-learning, details about APPLES courses and internship programs, process and expectations of becoming a new community partner, and how to use the APPLES Partner Portal. There is also an opportunity to connect with other organizations working in the community, so feel free to bring information to share. This orientation is also valuable for those who need a refresher on working with APPLES. The next community partner orientation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. Visit the registration page for more information and to sign up. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

7/13 – Apply for APPLES SLI: Launch

APPLES SLI: Launch 2018, set for Aug. 15-17, is open to new Carolina students. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students, and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. Apply by July 13 through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/31 – Read.Write.Act. 2018 call for proposals

SCALE is accepting proposals for the Read.Write.Act 2018 virtual conference, Literacy Without Limits Nov. 2 and 3. There is an interest in programs and research that demonstrate the expansiveness of literacy learning and how it intersects with a variety of academic disciplines. Proposals may provide specific teaching techniques that focus on the real-world application of literacy skills. Priority deadline for proposals, June 31. Apply using the conference presentation proposal form.

9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition

Carolina Global Photography Competition is accepting photos for its 19th annual amateur photo competition. The competition, which is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an opportunity to showcase Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service. Photos may represent any world region and there is no restriction on the period in which the photo was taken. Entries will be judged on artistic merit and context, and winners will be displayed in the FedEx Global Education Center. For details, visit globalphoto.unc.edu.

Apply for Carolina College Advising Corps

The Carolina College Advising Corps seeks advisers to serve in high schools located in Alamance, Edgecombe, Guilford, Pitt, Surry and Vance counties. Advisers assist underrepresented, low income, and/or minority students throughout the college application process. For details on this full-time, 11-month position or to apply, visit Carolina College Advising Corps. Training starts July 2018.

I.F. Health Inc. seeks social media intern

Immigrant and Family (I.F.) Health is a start-up nonprofit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to serving the community by promoting health lifestyles and providing resources to healthcare programs. A social media intern is needed to advance and share the organizations work. If interested or for questions, contact John Tuong. Apply at I.F. Health.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/30 – UNC Oral Cancer 5K and health fair

UNC School of Dentistry’s Student National Dental Association will host the 2018 Oral Cancer Walk & 5K at the Old Well 9 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Free oral cancer screenings, blood pressure and glucose readings, and medication reviews will be offered following the race. All proceeds will benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation to fund lifesaving research. Sign up at 2018 Oral Cancer Walk & 5K.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

7/4 – July 4th Celebration volunteers needed

Carrboro Recreation and Parks seeks volunteers for its annual July 4th Celebration. Volunteers will assist with interactive children’s arts, crafts, games and tattoo booths, pre-event activities, the information table and the pie eating contest. Volunteers will also work as stage attendants, recycle and litter patrol, and assist with activity tables with costume making crafts. For questions, contact Corina Riley.

7/29 – Help Delete Blood Cancer at the NC Wellness & Safety Expo

DKMS, a nonprofit organization that recruits prospective bone marrow donors for blood cancer patients, needs volunteers for the North Carolina State Empoloyees’ Wellness & Safety Expo. The event is set for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Jim Graham Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Two volunteers are needed for three separate shifts (9 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.). Volunteers must complete a training prior to Aug. 1, and should sign up by June 29 by emailing Carol Goplin.

8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity

The Good Neighbor Initiative GNI is an effort by the Chapel Hill Police Department, EmPowerment Inc. and other organizations to promote positive living experiences in neighborhoods where students and non-students live in close proximity. Volunteers are needed for this year’s Door-to-Door Walk Around, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. For details and to sign-up, visit Good Neighbor Initiative 2018 volunteers.

Student Health Action Coalition seeks Mandarin interpreters

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a student-led free community clinic, is recruiting Mandarin speakers to translate and serve as a direct link between clinic workers and patients. If you have experience with Mandarin, contact Alyssa Guo or Jacky Zheng to set up an assessment.

Food distribution volunteers needed

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Grow to Life and the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department need volunteers to assist with food distribution the first Tuesday of every month. Volunteers should arrive at 10 a.m. to pack boxes, loading cars and directing traffic. Distribution begins at noon at the Homestead Aquatic Center parking lot, 300 Northern Park Drive in Chapel Hill. For questions, contact Grow to Life.

Founding members wanted for health career organization

Interdisciplinary Health Career Collaboration seeks undergraduate pre-health majors who are interested in being a founding member of UNC’s first interdisciplinary health career organization. This organization will host discussions on prevalent medical conditions, and facilitate discussion on how to treat these conditions from a variety of professional perspectives, including medicine, PA, nursing, public health, social work and more. For details, contact Hannah Snow.

Volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop

The PTA Thrift Shop has a variety of volunteer opportunities for college students. Volunteer hours can provide a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, persona and career objectives. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Pat Richardson.

Garden with Edible Campus UNC

Help grow food across Carolina’s campus; volunteer with Edible Campus UNC. Volunteers meet in the big garden behind Davis Library noon – 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursdays.No gardening experience is necessary. For more information and other ways to get involved, Edible Campus UNC or contact ediblecampusunc@gmail.com.

Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger

Earn volunteer hours while impacting and connecting with the Carolina’s newest students. Work with Rise Against Hunger this summer at orientation meal packaging sessions. Gain valuable leadership experience by helping ensure thousands of meals successfully make it as hunger relief to developing nations. Volunteers must be consistent throughout the summer orientation sessions. Up to six volunteers are needed for each packaging event; only sign up for the dates you know you can attend. Contact Hunter Gadwill or Toby Bader with changes to your chosen orientation sessions or if you have questions.

A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions

A Helping Hand and Canopy of Carol Woods, two local nonprofit home care organizations, are working together to offer a continuum of care to older adults and adults with disabilities. Individuals with current CNA certification or a compassionate disposition are needed to provide essential services to adults in need. Pre-health students seeking to improve the quality of life in our community and engage in paid social activism can apply at A Helping Hand.

Platelet donors needed at UNC Blood Donation Center

The UNC Blood Donation Center invites students who are staying on campus this summer to donate platelets. The center is open Monday through Friday and has appointments from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free snacks, drinks, wifi and parking are provided. Bring a friend and receive movie tickets. Bring two or three friends and receive a pizza party. Visit UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center for details.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 6/11/2018

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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/30 – UNC Oral Cancer 5K and Health Fair

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Summer volunteers needed at Carolina Campus Community Garden
Health career organization founding members needed
Platelet donors seeks at UNC Blood Donation Center

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition

Carolina Global Photography Competition is accepting photos for its 19th annual amateur photo competition. The competition, which is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an opportunity to showcase Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service. Photos may represent any world region and there is no restriction on the period in which the photo was taken. Entries will be judged on artistic merit and context, and winners will be displayed in the FedEx Global Education Center. For details, visit globalphoto.unc.edu.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/30 – UNC Oral Cancer 5K and Health Fair

UNC School of Dentistry’s Student National Dental Association will host the 2018 Oral Cancer Walk & 5K at the Old Well 9 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Free oral cancer screenings, blood pressure and glucose readings, and medication reviews will be offered following the race. All proceeds will benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation to fund lifesaving research. Sign up at 2018 Oral Cancer Walk & 5K.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

Summer volunteers needed at Carolina Campus Community Garden

The Carolina Campus Community Garden, located within walking distance from campus, needs volunteers this summer to help plant, weed, water and harvest vegetables and fruit. Experienced and novice gardeners are welcome. For directions to the garden and garden workdays, visit Carolina Campus Community Garden. If interested in volunteering, contact Claire Lorch for more details.

Health career organization founding members needed

Interdisciplinary Health Career Collaboration seeks undergraduate pre-health majors who are interested in being a founding member of UNC’s first interdisciplinary health career organization. This organization will host discussions on prevalent medical conditions, and facilitate discussion on how to treat these conditions from a variety of professional perspectives, including medicine, PA, nursing, public health, social work and more. For details, contact Hannah Snow.

Platelet donors seeks at UNC Blood Donation Center

Interdisciplinary Health Career Collaboration seeks undergraduate pre-health majors who are interested in being a founding member of UNC’s first interdisciplinary health career organization. This organization will host discussions on prevalent medical conditions, and facilitate discussion on how to treat these conditions from a variety of professional perspectives, including medicine, PA, nursing, public health, social work and more. For details, contact Hannah Snow.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 5/29/2018

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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/25 – Apply to be a Bonner Leader

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/5 – 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive
Initiative on Poverty and Inequality

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/31 – Become a volunteer docent at the Ackland Art Museum
Summer volunteers needed at Carolina Campus Community Garden
Carolina WISE summer volunteers
A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions
Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger
Stigma Free Carolina leadership applications

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/25 – Apply to be a Bonner Leader

The Campus Y’s Bonner Leaders program provides service-based scholarships and leverages federal community service work-study funds to support intensive undergraduate community service and social justice activities throughout students’ college careers. Incoming students who are passionate about community service, interested in working on critical issues facing our community, want to develop leadership skills, and are eligible for a Federal work-study award should apply to be a Bonner Leader by July 25.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/5 – 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive

Help the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrate three decades of saving lives at the 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at the Dean E. Smith Center. There is plenty of free parking, or ride over on Chapel Hill Transit R or RU lines. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt and free food. Door prizes include an autographed Carolina football, football and basketball game tickets, and dinner for two at the Carolina Club. Schedule your appointment today, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code: UNC. To volunteer for the drive, complete the volunteer form.

Initiative on Poverty and Inequality

Several UNC students are working to found Initiative on Poverty and Inequality to host talks and programs for the study of inequality and poverty, and to develop initiatives to combat inequalities throughout North Carolina and the United States. To get involved in working toward closing gaps related to income inequality and other societal disparities, complete the Google form.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/31 – Become a volunteer docent at the Ackland Art Museum

Ackland Art Museum docents are a dedicated group of volunteer educators who offer their time, talents and expertise to support the museum’s education programs for K-12 students and community members. The museum needs volunteers who are interested in art and who are able to engage meaningfully with members of the diverse communities the museum serves. Prior experience with art or teaching is not required. Visit Ackland Art Museum Docent Program for details. Apply by 31 May.

Summer volunteers needed at Carolina Campus Community Garden

The Carolina Campus Community Garden, located within walking distance from campus, needs volunteers this summer to help plant, weed, water and harvest vegetables and fruit. Experienced and novice gardeners are welcome. For directions to the garden and garden workdays, visit Carolina Campus Community Garden. If interested in volunteering, contact Claire Lorch for more details.

Carolina WISE summer volunteers

Carolina Wildlife Information and Science Education (WISE) seeks summer student volunteers to help with its animal collection. Volunteers will make diets, clean cages, socialize animals and deliver educational programs. Volunteers are asked to work one 45-minute shift once a week and need to complete training prior to volunteering. Contact sbwong@live.unc.edu or visit Carolina WISE for details.

A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions

A Helping Hand and Canopy of Carol Woods, two local nonprofit home care organizations, are working together to offer a continuum of care to older adults and adults with disabilities. Individuals with current CNA certification or a compassionate disposition are needed to provide essential services to adults in need. Pre-health students seeking to improve the quality of life in our community and engage in paid social activism can apply at A Helping Hand.

Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger

Earn volunteer hours while impacting and connecting with the Carolina’s newest students. Work with Rise Against Hunger this summer at orientation meal packaging sessions. Gain valuable leadership experience by helping ensure thousands of meals successfully make it as hunger relief to developing nations. Volunteers must be consistent throughout the summer orientation sessions. Up to six volunteers are needed for each packaging event; only sign up for the dates you know you can attend. Contact Hunter Gadwill or Toby Bader with changes to your chosen orientation sessions or if you have any questions.

Stigma Free Carolina leadership applications

Stigma Free Carolina seeks students passionate about mental health issues to join its leadership team for the upcoming academic year. Open positions are available in research, communications and logistics. If interested, send a one to two-page resume and any questions to Ben Lee.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 5/21/2018

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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/25 – Apply to be a Bonner Leader

EVENTS & MEETINGS

5/23 – Pupusas for Education celebration dinner
Initiative on Poverty and Inequality

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/31 – Become a volunteer docent at the Ackland Art Museum
Carolina WISE summer volunteers
A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions
Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger
Stigma Free Carolina leadership applications

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/25 – Apply to be a Bonner Leader

The Campus Y’s Bonner Leaders program provides service-based scholarships and leverages federal community service work-study funds to support intensive undergraduate community service and social justice activities throughout students’ college careers. Incoming students who are passionate about community service, interested in working on critical issues facing our community, want to develop leadership skills, and are eligible for a Federal work-study award should apply to be a Bonner Leader by July 25.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

5/23 – Pupusas for Education celebration dinner

Pupusas for Education is a Campus Y CUBE venture that provides renewable scholarships and other resources for local undocumented college students. Pupusas will host a celebration dinner Wednesday, May 23 in Durham to support its scholarship program. For details, visit Pupusas for Education on Facebook.

Initiative on Poverty and Inequality

Several UNC students are working to found Initiative on Poverty and Inequality to host talks and programs for the study of inequality and poverty, and to develop initiatives to combat inequalities throughout North Carolina and the United States. To get involved in working toward closing gaps related to income inequality and other societal disparities, complete the Google form.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/31 – Become a volunteer docent at the Ackland Art Museum

Ackland Art Museum docents are a dedicated group of volunteer educators who offer their time, talents and expertise to support the museum’s education programs for K-12 students and community members. The museum needs volunteers who are interested in art and who are able to engage meaningfully with members of the diverse communities the museum serves. Prior experience with art or teaching is not required. Visit Ackland Art Museum Docent Program for details. Apply by 31 May.

Carolina WISE summer volunteers

Carolina Wildlife Information and Science Education (WISE) seeks summer student volunteers to help with its animal collection. Volunteers will make diets, clean cages, socialize animals and deliver educational programs. Volunteers are asked to work one 45-minute shift once a week and need to complete training prior to volunteering. Contact sbwong@live.unc.edu or visit Carolina WISE for details.

A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions

A Helping Hand and Canopy of Carol Woods, two local nonprofit home care organizations, are working together to offer a continuum of care to older adults and adults with disabilities. Individuals with current CNA certification or a compassionate disposition are needed to provide essential services to adults in need. Pre-health students seeking to improve the quality of life in our community and engage in paid social activism can apply at A Helping Hand.

Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger

Earn volunteer hours while impacting and connecting with the Carolina’s newest students. Work with Rise Against Hunger this summer at orientation meal packaging sessions. Gain valuable leadership experience by helping ensure thousands of meals successfully make it as hunger relief to developing nations. Volunteers must be consistent throughout the summer orientation sessions. Up to six volunteers are needed for each packaging event; only sign up for the dates you know you can attend. Contact Hunter Gadwill or Toby Bader with changes to your chosen orientation sessions or if you have any questions.

Stigma Free Carolina leadership applications

Stigma Free Carolina seeks students passionate about mental health issues to join its leadership team for the upcoming academic year. Open positions are available in research, communications and logistics. If interested, send a one to two-page resume and any questions to Ben Lee.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Hiwot Ekuban: reflections on how service at Carolina led to a career helping others

By Hiwot A. Ekuban

Hiwot Ekuban in South AfricaBefore Carolina, my experiences with service were largely short-term endeavors, which I did in order to fulfill some sort of high school club requirement. However, as a soon-to-be Carolina alum, I can say with confidence that my philosophy of service has since expanded.

Not only should we serve, we must use our talents to fight systemic inequities, locally and globally. Service work should not be limited to well-intended “volunteerism” or mere conscientiousness. We all have a responsibility to eliminate structural inequality by targeting its root causes, not just treating the symptoms.

APPLES Service-Learning was key to transforming my perspective on effective community service.

APPLES is a student-led, staff supported organization that offers multiple programs to connect students to academic-enriched service experiences. Ultimately, APPLES championed my ideals of social justice while introducing me to new concepts regarding public service, such as the importance of community asset mapping, the role of policy in embedding social inequities, and the value of forming cooperative partnerships between multiple stakeholders.

I got involved with APPLES in my first year through the Alternative Break program. As a former APPLES Alternative Spring Break: Latinx Communities participant and break leader, I explored health disparities within the Latinx community that are inflated by a lack of immigration reform, ineffective labor laws, limited language access, racial discrimination and other forms of institutionalized bias.

Hiwot Ekuban on an APPLES alternative spring breakThe highlight of my experience was learning about the unique challenges that target migrant farmworkers’ access to health from Student Action with Farmworkers, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina. Despite contributing to a multimillion-dollar food industry, migrant farmworkers cannot afford the produce they harvest, much less health coverage. Their constant exposure to toxic pesticides puts them at risk for many chronic illnesses. Ineffective labor regulations, language barriers, lack of transportation and fear of deportation further marginalizes migrant farmworkers as a community and limits their access to health care.

By the end of the alternative spring break experience, I realized that the social determinants of health must be remedied in order to eliminate health inequities among marginalized communities. I decided to pursue a field that allows me to confront unethical public policy and empower vulnerable populations to sustain preventative health initiatives.

I was pleased to find the BSPH Health Policy and Management (HPM) program offered at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The HPM program allowed me to study ways that policy enables health disparities and further stratifies the health of society by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, documentation status, socioeconomic status, geographic location, religious affiliation and ability level.

Over time my approach to service has evolved to a systems-focused approach to eliminate social inequity, specifically health inequity. Once I graduate, I will return to my hometown of Concord, North Carolina to continue service at Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Center, a clinic that offers sliding-fee payments to folks who cannot afford health services. One day, I envision incorporating my background in public health in my future career as a primary care physician.

Words cannot express my gratitude to APPLES for illuminating my true passions, and for the countless mentors, friends, community partners and educators for supporting me on this journey.

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


 
 
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will honor 307 seniors who dedicated themselves to service during their time at Carolina as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS). Chancellor Carol Folt will address the group at a pre-graduation ceremony 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 13 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect with others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and coursework designed to make their service more effective. More than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled in the BPSS program, representing 65 out of 77 majors on campus. The 2018 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represents 49 North Carolina counties, 20 other states and eight other countries. The students being honored join the 2,419 past BPSS graduates since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 2,726.

“BPSS allowed me to use my position as a young woman of color coming from poverty to the benefit of my community,” public policy major Tiffany Turner said. “I developed a voice which I was able to use in communications and marketing for TABLE, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation and Pupusas for Education.”

The 307 students graduating in the 2018 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 130,800 hours of service. To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum GPA, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements; 10 students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Since its inception in 2003, 9,678 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.8 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations including the Campus Y, Compass Center for Women and Families, and Carolina For The Kids. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 78 percent was performed in North Carolina, 11 percent in other states and 11 percent in other countries.

“The 2018 Buckley Public Service Scholars embody what it means to be a public servant,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “For example, over the course of this school year, helping those affected and displaced by natural disasters was a top priority. Students continuously rose as leaders for disaster relief as well as so many other service areas. I am certain they will carry these civic values with them after graduation and will continue to affect positive change in their communities.

BPSS is supported by the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment.

Learn more about each graduate in the 2018 BPSS bulletin.

2018 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by North Carolina county, state and country:

Photos available by request.

Alamance – Natalie R. Charamut, Barbara Cronin, Alexander Murphy Mebane III, Haleigh Elizabeth Prysock

Bladen – Hayley Merrell Hall

Brunswick – Amber Nicole Fulford, Carly Michelakis, Lindsey Diane Welch

Buncombe – Travis Broadhurst, Janki Paresh Desai, Leah Grace Everist, Calli Gabrielle Hamrick, Anna Sophia Whelchel

Burke – Christina Adkins, Anna Lynn Jacks

Cabarrus – Kaylee Kristine Clary, Hiwot Abena Ekuban, Jamie Lynn Gate, Alison Hollis, Emily Hollis, Courtney Ann Nelson, Laura Michelle Perrotta, Sophie Roseanna Plott

Caldwell – Samantha Morgan Houston

Carteret – Marissa Elardo

Catawba – Jennifer Elaine Craft, Sara Carson Edwards, Rachael Sarah Hamm, Jaclyn Tina L’Amoreaux

Chatham – Lindsey Holloway, Leslie Morales, Dana Leah Walker

Craven – Kennedy Jade Adams, Meredith Medlin, Kimlynn Mylan Ngo, Austin Tyler Seamster

Cumberland – Su Hyun Cho, Brian Michael Fields, Linh Huynh, Hanna Kim, Caroline Madison Pope

Davidson – Olivia Marie Bruff, Logan Hartley, Sarah Eva Thomas Sturdivant

Davie – Sydney Caroline Browder

Durham – Chloe Adrianna Brown, Jeliyah Shaquan Clark, Julia Elaine D’Amico, Sreepriya Gayam, Claire Leadbetter, Kevin James Parham

Forsyth – Brittany Jane Aves, Kalli Elainia Bunch, Elizabeth Comtois, Amanda Drabble, Ryan Chandler Fuller, Lauren Marie Gebbia, Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Vanessa Luo, Layla Namak, Sophie Rupp, Deanelle Thompson, Madeleine Valier, Ryan James Weisner

Franklin – Anna Dodson

Gaston – Clara Jane Davison, Erica Allison Day, Rachael Madison Purvis

Granville – Lawrence Alsthon Bacudio, Alexandra Bruton Chura

Guilford – Lauren Elise Beane, O’Malley Bentson, Saumya Goel, Neil Harwani, Jordan Dace Hennessee, Simran Khadka, Rachel Susannah Lempp, Isabelle Rose Morgan, Mona Sajjad, Alexa Pearl Schleien, Clare Mangan Schmedes, Rayad Bin Shams, William Clayton Swords, Tiffany Marie Turner, Treasure Williams, Jessie Winfree, Shan Yu

Halifax – Grace Guo

Haywood – Bailey Garrett Hill, Chloe Elise Zacher

Henderson – Emily Hagstrom, Hollie Anne Rutledge 

Iredell – Hanna Brooks, Philip John Helderlein, Haley Alexis Leazer, Niraja Pancholy, Vinya Posham

Lee – Priya Desai

Lincoln – Rachel Frances Dango, Brittany Dove

Madison – Anna Lynne Zimmerman

Macon – Margaret McAllister

Mecklenburg – Alaowei Amanah, Kimberly Elise Baudhuin, Alison Noel Bonner, Tonesha D’Shelle Curenton, Lillian Ruth Dillard, Caroline Taylor Frame, Alexandra Gaines, Heather Marie Grace, Jacob Ian Greenblatt, Danielle Hall, Emily Hightower, Marquitta Howard, Kay Soonmin Hwang, Olivia Jackson-Jordan, Pambu Kali, David William Katibah, Hariklea Vasilike Kokenes, Jill Catherine Levinson, Allison Marvin, Kavya Lakshmi Menon, Taylor Caroline Newsome, Marissa Marguerite O’Neill, Juhi Shilpesh Patel, Vishwa Ashokbhai Patel, Madison Quigley, Emily Reader, Adam Tucker Sheinhaus, Gwendolyn Renee Smith, Ella Marie Smoak, Katherine Jill Starr, Domenica Kamille Vargas Bitar, Emma Watts, Kristin Weiss, Tori Wentz, Laura Elizabeth Wenzel, Claudia Yatzkan, John Paul Zalaquett

Moore – Christiana Boals

New Hanover – Elaine Marie King, Joseph Francois Marie Maitre, Mimi Tran, Aidan Ray Walker, Helen Xiao 

Onslow – Kalina E. Taylor

Orange – Agustin Baler, Sarah Costello Dwyer, Erika Rubi Franco Quiroz, Nico Christian Krachenfels, Samuel Elliot Krause, Emily Kupec, Doreen Edith Nalyazi, Grace Porter, Nathaniel Pritchard, Frances Reuland, Alexa Schulte, Jasmine K. Sun, Claire Elizabeth Weintraub, Sarah Judith Wright

Pasquatonk – Anna Elizabeth Robertson

Pender – Patricia Whalen

Person – Princess Ariana Majors

Pitt – Ashish Thakurdas Khanchandani, Erin Kelly Naziri, Abigail Rae Needell, Karen K. Saeed, Jacob Benjamin Stocks, Ushma Uday Vaidya

Polk – Bridget Grace Gallagher

Robeson – Yasmin Hill, Danielle Renee Smith

Rowan – Rebecca Marie Agner, Alex Billingsley, Katelyn Laine Buffett, Katherine Lukens Grant, Victor Pereira, Jordan Wise

Stanly – Adrienne Soraya Hill

Surry – Nicole Ashley Defreitas, Emily Grace Lowe, Chandler Jayne Musson, Sydney Anne Peavy

Union – Megan Balentine, Adrienne Solange Bonar, Mishelle Angela Duran, Desirae Delgado Fewell, Madeline Claire McGee, Meredith Blake Sumrell 

Wake – Keerthi Surej Anand, Aditya M. Anerao, Rachel Anne Bailey, Olivia Grace Bane, Sarah Bass, Mary Grady Burnette Bell, Laura Elizabeth Brady, Emily Browning, William Michael Buddendeck, Samuel Kevin Chao, Elizabeth Ciociola, Madeline Cooke, Cayla Lauren Culbreth, Anne Yichen Feng, Andrea Marie Fitzgerald, Miranda Hope Foster, Alexander James Gartland, Sarah Elizabeth Gee, Abby Gostling, Pallavi Gulati, Shelly Guo, Anne Marie Hagerty, Emily Haston, Charlotte Hopson, Allison Horn, Rachel Eve Horowitz, Jessica Hongchelle Hu, Vishal Iyer, Nupur Jain, Kaelin Elizabeth Kennedy, Charity Lackey, Naomi Lahiri, Kelsey Leigh Mason, Griffin Andrew Morehead, Aimee Qin Murphy, Ami Patel, Paulina Powierza, Arunima Punjala, Sahana Raghunathan, Carolyn Day Rapp, Megan Frances Sefler, Shatakshi Shekhar, Jonathan Smith, Rachel Tan, Shannon M. Thompson, Nelya Topa, Paige Emily Trexler, Roshni Verma, Luyu Wang, Meghan Whitney

Watauga – Maia Ravyn Yarborough

Wayne – Lindsay Ann Player, Myra Noor Waheed

Wilson – Michael Hayden Vick, Shelby Victoria Anderson

STATES:

Arizona – Radhika Arora, Gabrielle Rose Geenen

CaliforniaCaeli Morgan Harr

Colorado – Allison Karen DeSarro, Cesar Victor Rodriguez

ConnecticutAlexis Lin, Mark Molinaro

Florida – Lorena Gan, Melissa A. Holmes, Niveditha Jagadesh, Martina Knechel, Terri Long, Analisa Sorrells, Alex Sun

Georgia – Mackenzie Bogiages, Isatta Feika, Bridget Evelyn Johnson

Illinois – Marisa Sclafani

Indiana – Lindsey Faye Wells

Kentucky – Caroline Christine Folz

Maryland – Andrea Jacqueline Barnes, Sarah Ann Benecky, Aryana Bolourian, Adrianna Lopaczynski, Holly E. Ozgun, Carolyn Reuland, Alexus Roane, Kathryn Ashley Turner 

Missouri – Justin David Cole

New Jersey – Snehal Parik

New York – Lindsey Elizabeth Barden, Claire Boyd, Samantha Espada, Ruby G. Patel, Michela Jaye Schillinger

Pennsylvania – Kristen McGreevy, Nyla Numan, Saleha Rana, Caitlin Ann Rosica

Rhode Island – Magdalena Alexandra Rainey, Nicole Trupiano

South Carolina – Ariana Janae’ Rivens

Tennessee – Kelly Liu

Texas – Shelby Victoria Anderson, Catrin Corrie, Karla Guadalupe Garcia, Daverian Travun Williams

Virginia – Nia Fay Cox, Nicholas Robert Jennings, Holly Elizabeth Johnson, Kaelah Sheldonia Pou, Natalie Morgan Radford, Klio Nicolette Stroubakis, David Bao Tang 

West Virginia – Jamie Rose

INTERNATIONAL:

Brazil – Andre Ceccotti

United Kingdom – Lauren Eaves

South Korea – Grace Han

Canada – Renuka Koilpillai

China – Xiaoqian Niu

Russia – Olga Prokunina

Germany – Cathleen Annelies Rueckeis

Italy – Emily Ann Venturi

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