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Serving North Carolina

As a university built for the people, public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission.

Students, faculty and staff dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping our communities by performing service projects and participating in outreach programs while also making community-changing discoveries and creating a better future for all of North Carolina through research.

Impactful research

Community Engagement

  • Overcoming barriers through food

    Anum Imran ’21 founded Traditional Kitchens, a refugee women-led cooperative cookery in Chapel Hill.

  • Two students carry a piece of wood at a home construction site.

    Rebuilding after the storms

    Service-learning students spent their spring breaks providing community service throughout the state and the region.

  • People walk into homes.

    Profits with purpose

    Kenan-Flagler professor Jim Kitchen challenges undergraduate students in his Entrepreneurship and Business Planning course to come up with business ventures that will ultimately help charities across the Triangle.

  • ‘Hope grows here’

    The Farm at Penny Lane’s innovative programs help mental health clients become more self-sufficient.