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Urban Institute adds staff to deepen our understanding of the Charlotte region
Urban Institute adds staff to deepen our understanding of the Charlotte region
   June 1, 2022

As the Charlotte region confronts the challenges and opportunities facing our growing region, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is welcoming new staff members to help engage with the community, study problems and find policy solutions.

Three new staff members are joining the Charlotte Urban Institute this summer, all of whom will directly engage with research and other projects. ...

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Searching for solutions for Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis
Searching for solutions for Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis
   May 16, 2022

With rents and home prices shooting up to record levels, it’s not news that finding a place to live in Charlotte is getting more expensive. Last week, the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative brought together local and national experts, advocates and community members in search of policy solutions that could help ameliorate the situation.

One takeaway: There’s no silver bullet, no single...

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Kimberly Buch Named Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award Winner
Kimberly Buch Named Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award Winner
   January 12, 2022

Campus Compact is pleased to announce that Kimberly Buch, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has been awarded Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The award, presented in partnership with Brown University’s Swearer Center, recognizes...

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MLK Holiday Virtual Celebration, Monday, January 17, 2022
MLK Holiday Virtual Celebration, Monday, January 17, 2022
   January 7, 2022
As a member of Niner Nation and the greater Charlotte community, you are invited to participate in the Annual McCrorey YMCA MLK Holiday Virtual Celebration scheduled for 9:00 am on Monday, January 17th. This event will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and celebrate the impact of the McCrorey YMCA. Showcased events will...
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A cooperative, community-led solution for food insecurity in West Charlotte
A cooperative, community-led solution for food insecurity in West Charlotte
   October 28, 2021

By Mae Israel

After decades of being shunned by traditional corporate grocers rushing to expand elsewhere in the city, leaders in predominantly Black neighborhoods along West Boulevard have a new hope: that they finally will get a full-service, community-owned grocery store only minutes from their homes.

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Join us for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 11
Join us for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 11
   October 26, 2021

As we chart a new path for Charlotte, how do we continue to form reciprocal teaching and research community partnerships to co-produce transformative solutions to the region's challenges? 

Join the Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement to...

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A new approach: The Community Innovation Incubator
A new approach: The Community Innovation Incubator
   October 1, 2021

By Mae Israel 
The Community Innovation Incubator represents a new partnership between university researchers and Charlotte neighborhood residents to study a local issue and develop recommendations with an action plan. In this approach, residents are equals and full participants, not research subjects. 

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Mecklenburg County officials, who have...

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Bringing the vision into focus: Study groups zero in on West Charlotte food retail innovation
Bringing the vision into focus: Study groups zero in on West Charlotte food retail innovation
   June 10, 2021

Bringing the vision into focus: Study groups zero in on West Charlotte food retail innovation

By Mae Israel

After weeks of research, a market study and discussions, a group of researchers from UNC Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University, along with West Charlotte community experts who have been working on ways to increase...

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Empowering and engaging with the community in West Charlotte
Empowering and engaging with the community in West Charlotte
   June 9, 2021

Empowering and engaging with the community in West Charlotte

By Mae Israel

Before joining the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an associate professor of architecture and urban design, Nadia Anderson worked with a university design lab in Iowa that collaborated with community groups across the state to create new food...

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