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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, United States

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 … Read more

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, United States

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 … Read more

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, United States

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 … Read more

Learning from Local Teachers: A Dialogue on Classroom Deliberation

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

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 … Read more

Fayetteville State University and NCGrowth Create Economic Resilience

Online Only NC, United States

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 … Read more

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

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

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. … Read more

The Tar Heel Bus Tour: Stories from the Road

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

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 … Read more

Engaging Tribal Communities

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

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 … Read more

Film Screening: The Smell of Money

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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Public Collaboration 101

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

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 … Read more

From Campus to Community: Garden for Good

Carolina Community Garden 212 Wilson Street, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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

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

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 … Read more

Deepening Engagement in Western NC for Health and Economic Development

Online Only NC, United States

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 … Read more

The Current State of Waste and Race in North Carolina

Online Only NC, United States

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, United States

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 … Read more

I Serve Campaign! (Cancelled due to weather)

The Pit Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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 … Read more

Survive SHARE Overcome: Lessons from the Classroom

Online Only NC, United States

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 … Read more

Works of heART: How Art Can Be a Unifying Factor in Service and the Larger Community

Room 3407, Carolina Union 209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

At this workshop, participants will begin discovering how art can create powerful messages through community service! Everyone is welcome- no artistic inclination is needed. Presenters will focus on art evoking empathy and serving as a story-telling vehicle. Presenters also will … Read more

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, United States

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, … Read more

Forging a Path to Financial Success: Local Government Partnerships with the School of Government

UNC School of Government, Knapp-Sanders Building, Room 2402 400 South Rd, Chapel Hill, United States

Explore the results from our recent training tour throughout North Carolina’s local governments! Developed by Professors Rebecca Badgett and Bill Rivenbark from the UNC School of Government, the Unit Assistant List (UAL) training sessions were tailored to meet the needs … Read more

UNC Rural: Building Strong Rural Community-Campus Partnerships


UNC Rural, created in 2019 and housed in the UNC Office of the Provost, aims to provide resources that help build and strengthen community-campus partnerships throughout North Carolina. This virtual panel discussion will provide background on UNC Rural’s current work … Read more

You Are the Future: Championing Young Women in STEM

Graham Student Union, Room 2420 209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Bagels and snacks provided! Join Aynsley Szczesniak, a first-year at UNC, and a panel of trailblazing Tar Heel women to learn all about how UNC empowers young women to achieve in STEM. We’ll kick off with an exciting panel discussion … Read more

The Good Neighbor Initiative: University, Town and Nonprofit Collaboration

Carolina Union, Room 2518AB 209 South Road, Chapel Hill, United States

The partner organizations leading this session have worked together for almost 20 years on the Good Neighbor Initiative (GNI). The GNI is about promoting positive living experiences in neighborhoods where students and non-students live in close proximity. This long-standing partnership … Read more

Community-Academic Partnership for Farmworkers’ Health

McGavran-Greenberg Hall, Room 2306, Gillings School of Global Public Health 401 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, United States

Come join NC FIELD and UNC’s Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic (EJ Clinic) for an interactive session focused on farmworkers’ health. In this session, you will learn more about the social determinants of farmworkers’ health, their health needs and challenges … Read more

Extending Community-Engaged Developmental Science Across North Carolina

Graham Memorial 039 218 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, United States

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash. In this hybrid event, presenters integrate methods of community-engaged scholarship with the field of Developmental Science. More than the study of children, Developmental Science concerns how people grow and change across the lifespan, contexts … Read more

Weaving and Casting a NET for Organizational Development

Dey Hall, Room 0209 200 South Rd, Chapel Hill, United States

The staff of the Homeowner Services Department of Habitat for Humanity Orange County (HHOC) and the Community Engagement team of Community Practice Lab (CPL) at UNC’s Department of Health Sciences have been collaborating over the past two years to develop … Read more

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Master Class

CURRENT Studio 123 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Carolina Engagement Week organizers are pleased to cross-reference this exciting event in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater! Dancers! Carolina Performing Arts and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater invite you to join us for a Master Class … Read more

NCGrowth Showcase

Kenan Center, Dining Room 360 Kenan Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Come learn how NCGrowth is building an economy with opportunities for all to prosper, across the Carolinas and beyond! This event will feature a fireside chat with Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell Allison, project presentations, good conversation, and light lunch. … Read more

Co-Creating Community Centered Solutions that Support Maternal and Infant Health: Testing New Ideas Early and Often

Room 050, The Innovation Junction 136 East Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Human-centered design is an essential tool that ensures that community partners play a key role in generating and testing the innovative ideas that lead to desirable, feasible and viable solutions to their most pressing problems. During this hands-on workshop participants … Read more

Combating Hunger in College: UNC Students’ Experience Around Food Insecurity and SNAP Use

Graham Student Union, Room 3407 209 South Road, Chapel Hill, United States

This event will include a didactic and interactive presentation highlighting illustrative quotes and themes gleaned from focus groups held with university students who are experiencing food insecurity, the topic of the presenter’s dissertation research. During the event, participants will be … Read more

Enlaces: The Link to Nuestra Comunidad


Join us for an information session on the Enlaces Volunteer Corps program through the Carolina Latinx Center and how they stay connected to the local Latinx community beyond UNC’s walls.  Registration for this event is closed. Thanks to all who … Read more

Current Conversations with Ancient Texts: A Community-Based Reading Group

Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill NC, 27514

Please join us for a community-based reading group of a classic Greek play, Euripides’ Alcestis, in order to show how these texts can be used to have conversations about pressing societal issues. With a story at the center of discussion, … Read more

Exploring Chapel Hill and Carrboro Through Community Asset Mapping

Graham Student Union, Room 2422 209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

This discussion-based workshop will guide participants in exploring the assets within the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities. “Community” includes people and places–such as local businesses, religious centers, and educational institutions–that work in conjunction to form the community ecosystem. Each person, … Read more

Community Organizing for Environmental Justice: Toxic Waste Cleanup and Corporate Accountability in West Badin, NC

Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History 150 South Road, Chapel Hill, United States

As of Tues., Feb. 27, 2024, 3 p.m., registration is closed for this event. We look forward to seeing those who are registered on Wednesday afternoon! Join CCWBC, NCEJN, and the UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic for an interactive … Read more

Community Collaboration for an Age-Friendly Orange County

Carolina Hall, Room 321 220 East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, United States

Join this discussion with the Executive Director of the Orange County Department on Aging about Orange County’s Master Aging Plan and on making the community more age-friendly. The conversation will focus on how the UNC community can connect with ongoing … Read more

CLIMATOPIA Game: Building Resilient Communities in North Carolina

Carolina Hall, Room 104 220 E. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, United States

CLIMATOPIA’s 2024 Research Team will introduce and play the award-winning climate resilience game with participants. Created in 2020, the innovative fabric game focuses on empowering communities by teaching disaster preparedness and recovery strategies. Participants will be able to view prototypes … Read more

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