Article: Historic Princeville, NC faces harrowing choice

What’s thought to be the first town incorporated by freed enslaved people is facing a difficult decision: accept a buyout from FEMA to move from the land that generations of black ancestors have proudly called home since the 1880s, or rebuild with the possibility of another 100-year flood happening in the years to come. Read more here.

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UNC Engagement Opportunities

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Trips – upcoming Dec. 9
As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. The first relief trip is Friday, Dec. 9 to Tarboro, North Carolina. For details and to register, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.
Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts
Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to ccps@unc.edu and should include:
  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).
Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship: Using Twitter to Promote Engaged Research
The next Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship focuses on using Twitter to promote engaged research, Friday, Dec. 2 in Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Twitter can be an effective tool to widen research audiences and to engage with community partners, policymakers and other key audiences impacted by research. This seminar will explain how to use Twitter effectively, including best practices and experiences from other researchers at UNC. Participants will learn how to use Twitter in their research and how to utilize social media in engaged research. Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation and discussion from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Register online.
Community Engagement Fellowship Applications Open
The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for the major planning and implementation of their projects. The fellowships run from March – October with project implementation occurring during the summer. Applications for the 2017 Community Engagement Fellowship will be accepted from Nov. 16  to Feb. 6, 2017. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Service trip: Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trip with the Carolina Center for Public Service 12/9

12/9 Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trip

As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. The first relief trip is Friday, Dec. 9 to Tarboro, North Carolina. For details and to register, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips. If you would like to receive updates on future relief trips, email ccps@unc.edu. The best source of updated information is posted on a dedicated website at ccps.unc.edu/HurricaneMatthew. The center will continue to collect and share information about relief efforts. Please send information about additional opportunities to ccps@unc.edu.