UNCP Community Partners serve as co-educators by engaging students in meaningful service that supports the Office for Community and Civic Engagement and UNC Pembroke mission to enhance students' civic engagement competencies. Below, you will ways to connect your organization with our office, to include types of service and engagement opportunities.
Below are four ways to connect your organization with UNCP's Office for Community and Civic Engagement:
- Academic Service-Learning - A teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service-learning takes place within the curriculum to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice. For additional information about academic service-learning, contact Sandy Jacobs, Associate Director for Service-Learning at 910-775-4598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campus Engagement - Participate in volunteer fairs or other campus events to connect and recruit student volunteers. Work with various student organizations and campus departments on a variety of initiatives.
- Co-Curricular Service - Co-curricular service is service outside the classroom. This includes, but is not limited to, Days of Service, Alternative Break Program, and UNCP Votes initiatives. For additional information about co-curricular service opportunities contact Dalton Hoffer, Assistant Director for Student Engagement at 910-521-6561 or email@example.com.
- UNCP Serve - UNCP Serve is an online, mobile-friendly solution that is used to connect community partners with UNCP students, faculty, and staff for meaningful service opportunities.
Types of Service
Below are three types of service that students engage in with community organizations:
- Direct - Service that directly assists the community (e.g. Student's working with senior citizens or reading to small children).
- Indirect - Service that occurs behind the scenes (e.g. Collecting food; social or environmental projects).
- Advocacy - Service that educates others or raises awareness (e.g. Student's making presentations to the community about a particular issue; distributing literature related to your organization's mission to impacted or affected neighborhoods).
Appreciative Based Change (ABC) Model
The Appreciative Based Change (ABC Model) was created by the Office for Community and Civic Engagement that emphasizes change utilizing the six phases of Appreciative Inquiry to build relationships and impact our communities. This model leverages positive energy to mobilize change and results in the enhancement of the 4 C’s: Commitment, Collaboration, Citizenship, and Communication.
6 Phases of the Appreciative Based Change Model:
6. Don’t Settle
Our office will be implementing assessment and training on this model throughout the semester. Please see the "Upcoming Trainings and Workshops" tab for more information.
Please note that all established and new partners are required to participate in UNCP Serve trainings, workshops, and other networking opportunities throughout the year as outlined in the Community Partner Agreement Form, Section 3: Community Partner Obligations and Responsibilities, 3.10.