Programs

Alternative Service Experience 

Alternative Service Experience (ASE) is a program that brings together a community of people who dedicate their university breaks to enact positive social change in the world, participate in experiential education, and explore new communities. Through pre- and post-travel reflection and direct engagement, students, staff, and faculty create transformative learning experiences. Learn more about our upcoming ASE trips

MLK Day of Service 

Every January students, faculty, and staff elect to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. King by making it a “day on” rather than a day off by working alongside local non-profit organizations throughout the community of Asheville. Participants may sign up individually or as part of a group, class, or student organization.

Community Engaged Scholars 

The Community Engaged Scholar honor is one of five academic recognitions given to graduating students at UNC Asheville. It provides the opportunity for students to become deeply involved in the work of a local non-profit agency in Asheville or Western North Carolina and receive recognition for their efforts.

Learn more about graduating as a Community Engaged Scholar.

Service-Learning Courses 

Service-Learning designated courses are taught by faculty to reflect best practices in the field including reciprocal relationship building with community partners, the integration of meaningful reflection activities and creating critical connections between the curriculum and engagement work.  

View current service-learning courses here.

L.E.A.D. Living Learning Community (Live. Engage. Act. Develop.)

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of people who live on the same residence hall and share a similar academic or personal interest. LLCs at UNC Asheville offer students the opportunity to engage in an intentional community experience with like-minded individuals.

L.E.A.D., the Service, Leadership, and Social Justice LLC, is for first year students interested in exploring issues of social justice, inclusion and equity. Participants will become more familiar with the wider Asheville community as well as more informed of on-campus leadership opportunities. All participants will develop leadership skills, be exposed to a diverse collection of engagement opportunities, and learn more about who they are and how they are connected with the larger world.

Celebration of Community Engaged Learning

The Celebration of Community Engaged Learning is held at the end of every spring and fall semester to showcase the work of students who have been participating in all forms of community engagement, including service learning, the Community Engaged Scholars Program, internships, and study abroad. The event also serves to recognize and highlight the community partner organizations with which our students have been working. The Celebration is co-sponsored by the Health & Wellness Department, the Career Center, and the Key Center, and is held on the Sherrill Center's Kimmel Arena concourse.