Community engagement is a key strategy to achieving the core teaching, research, and service missions of UNCG. In recognition of the importance of, as well as challenges associated with, enacting truly reciprocal partnerships for mutual benefit, there are many offices across UNCG that support students, faculty, staff, and community partners through a wide range of professional development opportunities, events, and services related to outreach and engagement.
The Institute for Community & Economic Engagement (ICEE) at UNCG encourages, supports, elevates, and amplifies faculty, staff, student, and community colleagues from across all sectors who are involved in teaching, learning, research, creative activity, and service in ways that promote strategic goals of the university and address pressing issues which have important implications to communities across the Piedmont Triad, state, nation, and world. ICEE is housed in the Office of Research & Engagement (ORE), which promotes excellence and continued growth in research, creative activity, community engagement, and economic development at the University while ensuring adequate research infrastructure to support excellence in research and scholarship across all disciplines. For questions, contact Emily Janke, Director of ICEE.
The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement (OLCE) at UNCG serves as a catalyst for the development of experiential curricular and co-curricular leadership and service-learning initiatives. Through civic engagement, community partner collaboration, and personal reflection, we prepare students for a life of active citizenship. OLCE assists students in developing a personal philosophy of leadership while gaining valuable and diverse experiences, empowering them to effect positive change and serve as citizen-leaders in a global community. OLCE provides assistance to faculty members who wish to incorporate service-learning into their curricula, including help with developing curricula, critical reflection, and assessments, as well as finding community partners. Community partners may contact the Office to find volunteers to serve in nonprofits. For questions, contact OLCE.
CVPA has over 30 community engagement programs and opportunities in art, dance, music, and theatre. Community educational programs and activities are a way that CVPA and community partners collectively build ongoing, permanent relationships for social benefits and outcomes, while educational programs and activities teach CVPA students how to become community-based artists during their time in Greensboro and equip them with skills for a career in the arts.
As a professional school of business offering undergraduate and masters level programs, the Bryan School’s fundamental purpose is to serve the people of North Carolina, particularly those in the Triad region, by providing high quality business education. Community members can engage with the Bryan School in a number of ways, including the MBA Capstone Courses, Bryan Career Services, Executive Education, and the BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets, and Morality.
The UNC System is North Carolina’s university. By design, our work doesn’t just benefit the students who attend our classes. Its impact extends beyond campus walls, reaching communities in all 100 counties across the state. Our institutions play a major role shaping and promoting North Carolina’s cultural and civic life, serving as regional hubs for art, performance, sports, public service, and lifelong learning. Our faculty and students don’t just study culture—they curate and create it.