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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.

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2016 Engagement Conference


Giving Flight to Engagement:

Creating Positive Community-University Partnerships at UNCW

October 14, 2016

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

Highlights of UNCW Community Engagement Proposal to the Carnegie Foundation - 2014

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...

UNCW Part of Eleven UNC Campuses Recognized by Carnegie Foundation

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