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The mission of UNC Rural is to promote and strengthen existing partnerships; align community-campus partnerships with needs of rural communities; connect new partners and facilitate new partnerships for a thriving North Carolina.  


Our vision is to connect, support and engage community-campus partnerships to advance the well-being for North Carolina’s rural communities. 

UNC Rural is committed to collecting and providing resources to connect sectors recognizing the intersection of those sectors each contribute to community well-being. Intentional resource gathering across business, education, health, government and connection of service-learning to research and program implementation to better support community partnerships is an anchor of UNC Rural’s focus. 

UNC Rural’s Equity Statement

Read how UNC Rural Associate Provost, Giselle Corbie-Smith talks about the uprising civil rights era and how UNC Rural will commit to using our voices to address equity and oppression in the context of campus and community partnerships. Click here to read UNC Rural’s statement.

News on Rural Communities

Rural Resiliency

We’re happy to spotlight the NC Rural Center’s impact and share important stories about community, economic and future resilience in North Carolina. Take a look at the 2021 NC Rural Center Impact Report: Rural Resiliency.

Sponsored Programs

Whole Community Connection

Whole Community Connection. Call for proposals now open! Apply by 11/1 at 3pm ET. Sponsors: UNC Rural + UNC Office of Interprofessional Education & Practice. Apply now at:

The Whole Community Connection invites applications from community-academic collaborations advancing health and well-being in Edgecombe or Robeson County. Selected teams from each county will recieve funding and leadership training to implement their approaches.

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North Carolina Regions


The western part of the state is the Mountain region. It is smaller in area than the Piedmont and Coastal Plain. The elevation in this region reaches to more than one mile high.

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The Piedmont is the middle region of the state, located between the Coastal Plain and the Mountain regions.

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Coastal Plains

North Carolina’s Coastal Plain is low, flat land along the Atlantic Ocean. It is often divided into two parts – the Outer Coastal Plain and the Inner Coastal Plain.

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Service Learning