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STAR Community Enagement Projects

WCU places a high premium on our mission as an engaged university and, to that end, the STAR Engagement Projects program has been established. Facilitated primarily through the data submitted to the annual Community-based Activities Faculty Survey, the STAR Engagement Projects program focuses on those submissions that provided a description of an exemplary project and the partners involved in a mutually beneficial and collaborative community partnership, a clear involvement of students in a curricular and/or co-curricular manner, and an intentional faculty/staff engagement and commitment to the project.  Here are the 2015-2016 STAR Engagement Projects:

Health Care Enrollment through Community Engagement
WCU and the Health Care Enrollment Program:  Informing, Educating, and Enrolling North Carolinians into Affordable Health Insurance Programs

Education and Food Insecurity
WCU and Food Insecurity: Developing and Implementing through Education

Health and Poverty
WCU and Homeward Bound: Health Fairs for the Homeless Population of Asheville

Education and Disability Psychology
WCU and Activity Expo: Creating Educational Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Creative Arts and Innovation/Technology
WCU and iFixit: Combining Learning with Purpose to Reduce e-Waste

Public Relations and Public Health through Community Engagement
WCU and the Good Samaritan Clinic: Aligning Public Relations Campaigns and Public Health

Health and Youth Development through Community Engagement
WCU and the HIGHTS Program: Learning Adventure-Based Approaches with Real-World Results

WCU and USFS Collaboration Provides Students Opportunity to Study Climate Change

Ceramics Education and Food insecurity through Community Engagement
WCU and the Sylva Community Table: Teaching Students to Put their Mud Where Their Mouth Is

Cherokee Language Education through Community Engagement
WCU and the Cherokee Central High School: Pronouns Comprehensions, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Student Engagement




The 2014-2015 STAR Engagement Projects:

Recreation and Tourism through Community Engagement
WCU & Habitat for Humanity: Researching, Developing, and Implementing the ‘Build & Bloom’ Festival

Innovation and Technology through Community Engagement
WCU & Western North Carolina: Regional Manufacturing Industry, Engineering Logistics, and Investigating Networks of Technical Clusters

Environment and Sustainability through Community Engagement
WCU, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, & Nantahala National Forest: Measuring & Monitoring Ecosystem Health with Salamander Populations

Creative Arts through Community Engagement
WCU & Asheville Community Theatre: Applying Costume Technology Design Skills

Healthcare through Community Engagement
WCU & Vecinos Farmworker Health Program: Collaboration and Partnership Lead to Community Results and Student Engagement

Education through Community Engagement
WCU & Smoky Mountain High School: An Oral History Training Program on Mountain People, Mountain Lives
WCU & Cullowhee Valley School: Hands-on Learning as an Investment of the Heart and Mind

Original Projects through Community Engagement
WCU & the Wider Community: Pro Bono Human Resources Consultants Engage in Real World Projects


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