About Us

The Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement was established in 2020 by the Office of Academic Affairs in response to UNC Charlotte’s Civic Action Plan. That plan provides a strategy to improve social outcomes by organizing University resources, community-based research efforts, and community collaborations to effectively address regional needs through collective impact. The plan calls for the University to:

“Establish a centralized structure, with dedicated staff, to coordinate and support the University’s community engagement efforts and assess collective impact.”

In taking on that charge, the Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement serves as the hub of UNC Charlotte’s engaged scholarship ecosystem, mobilizing, assessing and advancing efforts that connect the University’s interdisciplinary, urban research resources to community assets in order to co-create a thriving, inclusive region.

Succeeding the unit known as Metropolitan Studies, the office is overseen by an Associate Provost who reports to the Provost. It houses several research and engagement functions. These include the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and its Institute for Social Capital, the Women+Girls Research Alliance, the Charlotte Action Research Project and the Bonner Leaders Program. The Office also provides support for engaged scholarship and community engagement by faculty and students through the Director of Engaged Scholarship and the Senior Fellow for Faculty Engagement.

Email: u-r-c-e@uncc.edu

Mailing Address:
Urban Research and Community Engagement
9201 University City Blvd.
401 Sycamore
Charlotte NC 28215

Street Address:
Urban Research and Community Engagement
9310 MARY ALEXANDER RD
Charlotte NC 28215