The Community Engagement Virtual Workshop Series is meant to emphasize on the community partner and student experience by providing networking opportunities and collaboratively engaging in strengths-based efforts to further support community partnership and UNCP student volunteers.
The virtual workshops can be accessed by clicking the links below. Viewers are recommended to use Google Chrome and Safari browsers to access the live workshops. A WebEx plug-in may need to be installed when using other browsers. All virtual workshops will be recorded and can be accessed after the virtual sessions. To access the archived webinars, please use password: CCECommunity2020
Presented by Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino
June 10, 2020 | 10am-11am
During this interactive presentation, Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino will provide insights about intercultural communication and how it impacts the volunteer experience between community partners and international students.
Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino leads UNCP’s Office of Global Engagement in international student and scholar services, international recruitment and admissions, study abroad, the English Language Institute and campus internationalization. View Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino's bio.
Engaging Students and Community
Presented by Lucas Martinez, Jr.
June 16, 2020 | 3pm-4pm
Join UNCP CCE's AmeriCorps Vista, Lucas Martinez, Jr. for conversation about community engagement and volunteer efforts taken at the CARE Resource Center, UNCP's on-campus food pantry and professional clothing closet. Lucas will provide insight about how the CARE Resource Center utilizes UNCP Serve and efforts they have taken to respond to COVID-19.
Lucas Martinez, Jr. is the AmeriCorps VISTA for the UNC Pembroke Office for Community and Civic Engagement. Lucas Martinez graduated from UNC Pembroke in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to his AmeriCorps VISTA position, Lucas Martinez managed the CARE Resource Center. When Lucas Martinez completes his AmeriCorps VISTA position, he plans to complete a Master of Business Program at UNCP. He plans to enter the non-profit sector, and eventually become a professor in a higher education setting.
Guardian ad Litem of Robeson County | Insights from a Community Partner
Presented by Patricia Lewis
June 23, 2020 | 2pm-3pm
During this presentation, Patricia Lewis, Program Specialist, will discuss Guardian ad Litem (GAL) of Robeson County, an organization that seeks to serve the best interests of thousands of children who find themselves the subjects of court cases by assigning them Guardian ad Litem volunteers. The Guardian ad Litem program exists in every county throughout the state, and with the help of more than 5,300 volunteers, we serve more than 18,000 children a year.
To learn more about the role of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) advocate, whom is a trained community volunteer who is appointed, along with a Guardian ad Litem attorney, by a district court judge to investigate and determine the needs of abused and neglected children petitioned into the court system by the Department of Social Services, click here. For additional facts and statistics, click here.
Patricia Lewis is a 1998 UNCP graduate with a BA in History currently working within the NC Administrative Office of the Courts through Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Robeson County. Ms. Lewis spent eight years as Administrative Associate for departments in both the UNCP School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences prior to joining GAL in 2018. She has also worked for the Robeson County Partnership for Children (Smart Start) as Program Specialist, and Robeson County Girl Scouts as a Program Assistant conducting after-school enrichment programs for children throughout the county.
Ms. Lewis was raised to understand service to community is a duty we all share, and she has engaged in volunteer opportunities since she was a teenager. Her volunteer efforts began with service to the Pitt County Humane Society. As a young adult, she volunteered with youth at her childhood church. In the past 20 years, Ms. Lewis has volunteered with a variety of organizations such as Robeson County Girl Scouts, Rape Crisis Center of Robeson County, an individual Cub Scout troop, and the national Rise Against Hunger initiative. Additionally, Ms. Lewis established the David K. Eliades Memorial scholarship through the UNCP History Department to help support the educational and career aspirations of deserving students. Currently, she serves her community as a member of the Robeson Health Care Corporation Board of Directors where she can help impact the quality of health outcomes for all community members at the regional level.
Stop the Pain & PAWSS | Insights from a Community Partner
Presented by Dr. Asa A. Revels
July 1, 2020 | 2pm-3pm
During this presentation, Dr. Asa Revels will take a deep dive into conversation about her work in the non-profit field, social issues faced on the community-level, and collaborative efforts. Dr. Asa Revels is the Executive Director of a local non-profit organization, PAWSS, Inc. and the Program Coordinator of a local non-profit, Stop the Pain.
Dr. Asa Revels is the Clinical Trials Research Coordinator at UNCP, the Executive Director of a local non-profit organization, PAWSS, Inc., and the Program Coordinator of a local non-profit, Stop the Pain. Asa Revels is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, receiving a PhD in Public Health in the area of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. Additionally, Asa Revels has more than eight years of experience in research, evaluation, grant writing, health communication, program development and implementation, and non-profit administration. Her work has been primarily in the areas of violence and injury prevention, substance use disorders, chronic disease prevention and control, and American Indian communities.
Student Health Services: COVID-19, Virtual Resources and More
Presented by Jaelyn Wynn
July 2, 2020 | 3pm-4pm
During this presentation, Jaelyn will talk about the various services that Student Health offers, including virtual services, self-care resources, potential volunteer opportunities, and more! She will also be discussing the Coronavirus pandemic.
Jaelyn is the Assistant Director of Health Promotion in Student Health Services at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Jaelyn earned a Master of Public Health degree at East Carolina University, as well as her Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree at East Carolina University.
Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Building An Inclusive Workplace for UNC Pembroke Students
Presented by Dr. Lawrence T. Locklear
July 8, 2020 | 2pm-3pm
What is diversity and inclusion? How are they related? Is your workplace diverse and inclusive? Join Dr. Lawrence T. Locklear to gain a basic understanding of diversity and inclusion along with essential principles and best practices that will help you build an inclusive workplace for students from UNC Pembroke – recognized as among the most ethnically diverse universities in the South. Dr. Locklear is the director of the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity at UNC Pembroke.
Dr. Lawrence T. Locklear is the director of the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and adjunct associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, both at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Locklear earned a Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in higher education and a minor in educational research methodology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian studies, both from UNC Pembroke, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from North Carolina State University. View Dr. Lawrence T. Locklear's bio.
Working with Individuals with Disabilities
Presented by Vanessa Hawes
July 21, 2020 | 10am - 11am
You may find yourself working with individuals with disabilities in an internship placement, volunteer setting, or in full-time employment. This workshop will focus on common accommodations, Universal Design principles, person-first language, and how to best work with individuals with both visible and invisible disabilities.
Vanessa Hawes is originally from the NC mountains, but now lives in Lumberton with her husband, Dave. She has a BA in American Sign Language Studies and an MA, Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Gardner-Webb University. She loves higher education and has worked at UNCP in the Accessibility Resource Center since January 2018. Prior to coming to UNCP, she worked as a Disability Specialist providing accommodations to students for 11 years and at Vocational Rehabilitation providing training and accommodations to job-seekers for 3 years. When she is not working she loves to be out on the water in her kayak or hiking on a cool, shady trail.