Programs and Initiatives
OER offers an array of programs and initiatives to promote research in Pitt County and its surrounding community.
In 2008 and 2014, East Carolina University was recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement. This elective classification – based on voluntary participation by individual institutions – involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of ECU’s mission, identity and commitments.
The OER provides links to online workshops to help those interested in learning more about community engagement and research.
The Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (EOSA) provides professional development and project support for community engagement. Faculty selected to the program participate in cohort-based workshops and develop a research project with a community partner.
The SECU Public Fellows Internship Program connects the university and regional communities through projects that address community-identified priorities. Undergraduate student placements provide opportunities for fellows to develop leadership, analytical, problem solving, communication and project management skills, as well as allowing them to network in professional settings.