In the Spotlight: Community Connectors
The UNC Asheville Office for School and Community Outreach Programs and Partnerships and Key Center for Community Citizenship & Service Learning are proud to sponsor a new initiative to celebrate and publicly recognize UNC Asheville faculty and staff who champion varied campus and school or community collaborations in exceptional and innovative ways. Community Connectors are selected as a result of their unique ability to foster community collaboration either through civic and academic engagement, such as service-learning projects where there is alignment to meet a community or school’s needs or interactions that solve complex societal problems using research, capacity building or other innovations.
Community Connectors will be featured quarterly on the websites of the Office for School and Community Outreach Programs and Partnerships and the Key Center for Community Citizenship where their work is showcased and they are publicly recognized and acknowledged for relationships that enrich our local and regional schools and communities. Awardees will be honored by the Provost with a UNC Asheville Certificate of Appreciation and also receive a small stipend in the amount of $250.00 to support their continued outreach efforts. Stay tuned to learn more about the initial selectee for the UNC Asheville Community Connector recognition.
This recognition is awarded quarterly to faculty and staff who, through his/her outreach efforts, use civic andacademic engagement to solve community problems that achieve meaningful, measurable improvements andoutcomes in local and regional communities served by UNC Asheville. Community Connectors are those individuals who deepen the practice of community and school engagement to further strengthen the bond between campus and community while also promoting the University’s higher education mission. This award has been created to promote and increase the number of campus-to-community activities to forge strong alliances and partnerships between UNC Asheville and regional educators, school systems, community, and government on issues that evoke curricular engagement in mutual collaboration to meet a community need and/or solve a large complex societal problem. Examples include: Service learning using tutoring and mentoring to help students in underserved communities, healthy weight projects, such as initiatives to reduce childhood obesity and the like.
How to Submit a Nomination
To submit nominations please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org describing the nature of prospective community connectors’ work and how it promotes the mutually enriching benefits of academic and civic engagement. All nominations must be submitted electronically. The names of the nominator will be shared with the SCOPP Steering Committee but will remain anonymous to the nominee.