The UNC System fulfills its mandate under the North Carolina Constitution to deliver “useful” learning to the state’s citizens by providing cultural enhancement, economic development and civic engagement venues through each of its sixteen campuses. Eleven of those campuses have been classified as Carnegie Community Engaged Institutions in recognition of their efforts to connect their activities to local and regional needs.
To facilitate interactions between campuses and with the UNC System, a UNC Engagement Council was established in 2014. Representatives appointed by the Chancellor at all 17 campuses serve on the Council. The Council works in parallel to the UNC Economic Transformation Council to guide the UNC System as a national model for student learning, as well as community and economic engagement and partnership that embrace UNC’s responsibilities on a state level and as a regionally engaged university system.
Through deep engagement in identifying, addressing and resolving community challenges, UNC campuses play a critical role in community life, and students, faculty and staff gain practical knowledge that fuels scholarship and further commitment to strengthening our communities and our state. Through the work of this Council, we hope to find new ways to create community partnerships and civic learning through what might be called civic-campus co-engagement, helping us to create a new relationship between the “town” and “gown” – what might be called the “communiversity”.
The Senior Vice President for External Affairs appoints the chair of the UNC Engagement Council.
Members of the Council:
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