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UNC-Chapel Hill Announces 2016 Public Service Awards

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 UNC-Chapel Hill honors 10 individuals and organizations for public service


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 30, 2016) – Programs to support Native American tribes in North Carolina, a mental health initiative for refugees and local youth programs are just some of the projects recognized by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 2016 Public Service Awards. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, individuals and organizations representing students, faculty, staff and community partners, were honored March 30 at the annual Public Service Awards celebration.

“The University’s three-part mission to research, educate and serve our local communities, state, nation and world is truly enhanced by our unwavering commitment to public service,” said Chancellor Carol Folt. “The recipients of this year’s Public Service Awards prove that public service and engaged scholarship enhance the research conducted, lessons taught and knowledge used to serve the public good at this university. I am incredibly proud to recognize the innovation, scholarship and dedication that each of today’s award recipients have displayed.”

The Center presented three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards, which honor individuals and campus units for public service through engaged teaching, research and partnership.


The American Indian Center and North Carolina Tribal Nations, received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for partnership. This award honors their partnership on successful efforts such as the Healthy Native North Carolinians Network, NC Native Asset Coalition and NC Native Leadership Institute. These initiatives support sustainable community change to address the health and wellbeing of North Carolina tribal nations and foster unity across all tribes and American Indian communities in North Carolina. The American Indian Center’s mission is to bridge the richness of American Indian cultures with the strengths of Carolina’s research, education and service.



Mr. Tony Locklear (top left) accepts award on behalf of the American Indian Center and NC Tribal Nations. Tony is a graduate of the AIC’s NC Native Leadership Institute and has serves as a passionate partner in the Healthy Native North Carolinians Network. He currently serves as Services Coordinator/Lumbee Tribal Liaison for Access to Recovery. Photo credit: DeShelia Spann/DeShelia Spann Photography

To read more about the 2016 Public Service Awards, click here.

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