Lori Thomas, Director of Research and Faculty Engagement at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, will assume the role of Interim Director of the institute effective May 1. Thomas will replace Jeff Michael, the Institute’s long-time director, who is leaving the position April 30 after serving 18 years to become North Carolina’s Deputy Secretary for Natural Resources....Read more
Many faculty members at UNC Charlotte are intimately involved in the community, often seeking to teach, conduct research, and engage in service in partnership with groups, institutions and public entities to improve social and economic conditions. Now, those faculty members have a new advocate and...Read more
Most growth cities do not pay serious attention to equity. They don’t have to.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg is different. And UNC Charlotte is critical to the region’s aspiration to ensure that every child and family benefit from the region’s economic growth, regardless of their race or ethnicity, city neighborhood or rural community.
That is the primary reason I was pleased to accept...Read more
UNC Charlotte is building on its action research legacy to partner university researchers with community leaders to solve the region’s systemic challenges around inequity. As part of this initiative, the University’s Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement is joining Mecklenburg County to lead a seven-month, collaborative initiative to find a sustainable, equitable and economically...Read more