Carolina students and faculty have a long tradition of service and outreach to disadvantaged communities at home and internationally. From small community-based organizations to advocacy groups to international NGOs, UNC has service projects in many countries around the world.
15-501 Global Health Dinner Club
The 15-501 Global Health Dinner Club is part of a global health initiative between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke funded by the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. It is a new and important mechanism for nurturing collaboration and strengthening ties between faculty and students who work in global health at UNC and Duke. The dinner club is primarily organized by students at both UNC and Duke brings together UNC and Duke faculty and students to discuss research collaborations and promote ongoing collaboration.
Contact: Office of Global Health
Carolina Center for Public Service
The Carolina Center for Public Service engages and supports the faculty, students, and staff of the UNC- Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The center strengthens the university’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good. The CCPS Public Service Scholars (PSS) program provides a framework for undergraduate students who want to strengthen and maintain their commitment to serving communities throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. The program is open to all full-time undergraduate students with at least four semesters remaining at Carolina.
Engineers without Borders
The goal of EWB is to partner with developing communities worldwide to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, which may address water and sanitation, energy, and waste concerns. Our chapter is involved with construction and design work, consulting, teaching, surveying, or other tasks as determined by project needs. In order to fulfill our goals and objectives, we will raise funds to support projects, facilitate collaboration between student groups and local engineers and other universities on development projects, and host speakers and seminars relevant to the role of the engineer in development work abroad. Latin American projects are in Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru.
Contact: Dr. Donald Lauria
Infectious Diseases Interest Group
The purpose of the Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG) is to stimulate medical student interest in the field of infectious disease (ID). The group will establish a mentorship program by pairing each interested student with an ID faculty member. The goal of this program is to foster student academic and career exploration in ID and to facilitate shadowing opportunities. Additionally, IDIG will encourage and organize volunteer opportunities and fundraising support for local ID-oriented advocacy groups such as the N.C. Alliance for AIDS Services.
Contact: Erin Steinbach
International Health Forum (School of Medicine)
The International Health Forum at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine is a student organization that encourages the understanding of international health issues through lunch meetings, projects, and providing information on international opportunities available to UNC students.
Contact: Andrew Chen or email@example.com
Nourish International invites students at colleges across the country to be a part of the solution to global poverty. By running ventures through the year, Nourish Chapters earn money to conduct community development projects. Over the summer, students from Nourish Chapters travel abroad to partner with local communities in implementing these solutions. Current Latin American projects are in Brazil, Peru, and Honduras.
Student Global Health Committee
The UNC Student Global Health Committee is an organization committed to creating awareness of international health issues among the UNC community through education, advocacy, and service. SGHC fosters an environment within which UNC students can apply their acquired knowledge and skills to engage in the promotion of health at a global level.
Contact: Rushina Cholera or Chris Deery
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines − UNC Chapter
UAEM-UNC is focused on ensuring that medicines and technologies produced in whole or part by UNC are available and affordable in developing countries. UAEM-UNC also seeks to increase the local effort dedicated to neglected diseases and to redefine research success. Through research, energy, and an increasing network of relationships, the volunteers of UAEM support and catalyze an increasing university movement of social responsibility.
The university’s Office of International Affairs maintains a complete list of global organizations on campus, including student service initiatives, at UNC Global.
For general information on volunteer opportunities with the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.