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Creating Community Connections to Inspire our Future Generations

Service to the state has always been a core part of the University's mission. As a public institution, UNCW is focused on the kind of research, scholarship, and outreach that will benefit all citizens of North Carolina.

The Office of Community Engagement provides an infrastructure for coordinated university community engagement that builds on the interests and expertise of faculty, staff, students, and community members. Community Engagement describes an institution’s commitment to strengthen its local, regional/state, national, and global communities through meaningful partnerships, research, programs, and service.

In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching honored the University of North Carolina Wilmington as one of 157 engaged higher education institutions across the nation. OCE works to better connect UNCW faculty, staff, and students with businesses, schools, and organizations in Southeast North Carolina to meet community needs locally, nationally, and even globally.

2016 Engagement Conference


Giving Flight to Engagement:

Creating Positive Community-University Partnerships at UNCW

October 14, 2016

Find out more here!

Nominate a UNCW Staff Member or Community Partner for recognition!

The university regularly recognizes faculty and students who are active in engaged learning, scholarship, and service, but we don't currently have awards to recognize the engagement and service done by our many staff members. Similarly, we have not had a university award for the organizations, businesses, schools, and other groups who help us further the culture of engagement at UNCW. Two new awards will offer recognition for these important members of the UNCW community. Please take time to nominate UNCW staff and Community Partners for these awards. You can read more about the awards and see the guidelines for nomination here:

UNCW Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

UNCW Community Partner Award for Excellence in University Engagement

Nominations are due by close of business on Friday, October 7, 2016.

     Recognitions for Community Engagement


UNCW named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2015!


UNCW Honored for Volunteer Work and Community Engagement
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received high honors for their community engagement. University officials announced Wednesday morning that the university earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. more...

UNC System Engagement Report 2016 - Creating Impact in North Carolina Communities and the Economy more...

To find out more about engagement at UNCW, please look at the links to the left and news on the right!