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Thank you to everyone who made Carolina Engagement Week 2023 possible. Organizers, event hosts, event participants–you made the weeklong celebration of collaborations between UNC-Chapel Hill and community partners possible. Thank you.

Can’t get enough Carolina Engagement Week? Relive and reflect on the 2023 week of events. Read more.

Below is a list of Carolina Engagement Week 2023 events that happened between February 27 through March 3, 2023. For a different calendar view, switch the toggle box to the right of the date line below or view the weeklong calendar of events.

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Inspiring Others to Act

Anne Queen Lounge, Campus Y 180 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC

In this workshop, participants will think critically about how to inspire others to join them in pursuing their passions and affecting positive change in their community. By examining the qualities of inspirational leaders, including by watching a video with some … Continued

North Carolina Navigating Care for Families and Their Children with Developmental Disabilities

Room 227, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building UNC School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC

During this presentation, the newly developed online North Carolina Family Navigation Guide will be highlighted. Participants will learn more about the needs of families and their children with developmental disabilities and the reasons the Guide was developed. A demonstration of … Continued

Abundance-Based Community Development in the Historically Black Neighborhoods of Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Carolina Student Union, Room 3409 209 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

Event hosts will share a comparison of needs-based vs. abundance-based approaches to community development and engage participants in their own storytelling activity. Participants in this event will learn about the innovative housing justice work of the Northside Neighborhood Initiative, a … Continued

Learning from Local Teachers: A Dialogue on Classroom Deliberation

Caldwell Hall, Rm 213 240 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC

At this panel discussion, participants will hear from Triangle-area educators who have used the National High School Ethics Bowl as a vehicle for civic education and dialogue across disagreement. Headquartered at UNC-Chapel Hill, the ethics bowl unites thousands of high … Continued

Fayetteville State University and NCGrowth Create Economic Resilience

Online Only NC

At this panel discussion, participants will learn about how Fayetteville State University is leveraging over $175 million of state appropriations to build economic resilience in the broader Cumberland County Region. FSU is a partner of NCGrowth's AICER (Anchor Institutions Create … Continued

What do you need? Engaging in a Rural, Regional, Medication Optimization Needs Assessment

Room 200, Beard Hall 301 Pharmacy Lane, Chapel Hill, NC

Event Recap Event Description At this presentation, participants will learn about the ongoing process of engaging with rural federally qualified health centers (FQHC) offering primary care services across Western North Carolina to conduct a multi-faceted medication optimization needs assessment. … Continued

The Tar Heel Bus Tour: Stories from the Road

Anne Queen Lounge, Campus Y 180 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC

Join organizers and alumni of the Tar Heel Bus Tour to hear about their experiences and what they learned about North Carolina and UNC's relationship to the state as well as how their participation has informed their work here in … Continued

Engaging Tribal Communities

Future site of the American Indian Cultural Garden 205 Wilson Street (across the street), Chapel Hill, NC

Native nations maintain a distinct political relationship with the United States. Given this political standing, engaging tribal communities is often complex and diverse. This workshop will cover foundational information about the unique status of Native nations, survey the North Carolina … Continued

Film Screening: The Smell of Money

Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the Global FedEx Center 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC

This event is a Community and Impact Screening of the documentary film The Smell of Money. From the film’s website: “A century after her grandfather claimed his freedom from slavery and the family land, Elsie Herring and her North Carolina … Continued

Aging in Community: Amplifying Abundance and Care Through Intergenerational Connections

Marian Cheek Jackson Center 512 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

The Partnerships in Aging Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center have worked together to develop intergenerational programming that encourages community building, good neighbors and age-embracing relationships. The Linking Generations Across Northside and the Northside Residential Fellowship … Continued

Public Collaboration 101

Toy Lounge Dey, 200 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

Participants in this session, hosted by Carolina Public Humanities, will learn about best practices of collaborative public work, discuss tips for building responsive programming with community partners, and workshop how to tailor academic themes for public participants. A light lunch … Continued

From Campus to Community: Garden for Good

Carolina Community Garden 212 Wilson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

This event will be a service event co-hosted by the Carolina Community Garden and APPLES Service-Learning. Participants will learn about the garden, volunteer in the garden and then take part in a reflection exercise. The event will be interactive and … Continued

Engaging Across Campus to Promote Voting Access

Carolina Student Union Room 3102 209 South Road, Chapel Hill

The panel discussion will feature a variety of undergraduate students and graduate students who participate in the Civic Engagement Working Group. They will be joined by Leadership Development Program Coordinator Natasha Young in answering questions moderated by Ryan Nilsen from … Continued

Marian Cheek Jackson Center: Involving Students in Community-First Oral History

Carolina Student Union, Room 2422 209 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

Through this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Marian Cheek Jackson Center's oral history methodology. Through this methodology, the Jackson Center pushes against the historically exploitative relationship that can characterize interactions between community members and academic researchers. Throughout the … Continued

Deepening Engagement in Western NC for Health and Economic Development

Online Only NC

Event Recap Event Description At this virtual presentation, participants will explore ways that UNC is serving the western region through teaching, research and service. Through unique internal and external partnerships and programs, UNC is contributing to the creation of … Continued

The Current State of Waste and Race in North Carolina

Online Only NC

This talk will examine the historical and contemporary impacts that solid waste facilities have on communities of color in North Carolina and reflect on the 40-year history of environmental justice organizing around waste facilities in the United States.

Um, Who is the Expert Here? Valuing Lived Experiences as True Expertise

Room 2401, UNC School of Government Knapp-Sanders Building 400 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Partnering with community members on research projects allows both academic and community partners to blend insights from existing research and with that from lived experiences. When it works best, the relationship between community and campus partners is one of reciprocity … Continued

I Serve Campaign! (Cancelled due to weather)

The Pit Chapel Hill, NC

Given the weather forecast for Friday, March 3, this event has been cancelled! We hope you can enjoy the other Friday Engagement Week activities that are virtual or indoors. Please follow @unc_execbranch on Twitter and Instagram to discover other ways … Continued

Survive SHARE Overcome: Lessons from the Classroom

Online Only NC

During this presentation, participants will learn about an academic enrichment and physical activity program called “Brains and Games” that was developed and implemented by two UNC medical students in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange … Continued

STEAM Play: The importance of informal learning settings and using play-based science practices in working with children from vulnerable and underrepresented communities.

112 (Performance Lab), Media Arts Space 108 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Play has a transformative role in enabling underrepresented student populations to cope with difficult circumstances and express themselves. Avi Santo, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, has worked with children experiencing homelessness engaging them in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, … Continued

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