Centers and Institutes

Our campus-wide centers and institutes strengthen and enrich programs around our core missions of research, service, and instruction. They provide faculty, staff, and students with research opportunities, facilities, and support, and enhance involvement in public service and educational activities.

The campus-wide, interdisciplinary centers listed below are housed within the Office of Research and Engagement.

Center for Housing and Community Studies

The complexity of social, economic, and structural factors that have created such lasting social problems as substandard housing, segregation, and homelessness and the need for sustainable community development demand a multidisciplinary, multi-method, community-engaged approach. CHCS brings together faculty from multiple disciplines to address these problems as well as to provide a point of contact for community partners, an opportunity for the practical education and training of UNCG students, and community-based evaluation and sustainable long-term regional planning.

Center for New North Carolinians

CNNC advances the capacity of immigrants and refugees by building bridges between immigrant populations and existing communities throughout NC via community-based outreach and advocacy, educational programming, research and evaluation, immigrant and refugee leadership development, cultural brokering, and educational opportunities for faculty and students.

Center for Translational Biomedical Research

CTBR, located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, identifying biomarkers for diagnosis, and discovering novel interventions for disease prevention and treatment.

The UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research (CTBR) is housed in the NCSU (North Carolina State University) building PHHI (Plants for Human Health Institute) in Kannapolis, NC, about 70 miles southwest of Greensboro. Scientists at the Center are conducting studies to understand the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, identify biomarkers for diagnosis, and discover novel interventions for disease prevention and treatment. The current research activities at the Center focus on metabolic diseases, including steatohepatitis and diabetes mellitus. These studies entail molecular biology, metabolomics, and proteomics approaches. Graduate students who are interested in joining the Center are encouraged to apply through graduate programs of the Department of Nutrition and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships

CYFCP builds the capacity of families, service providers, researchers, teachers, and communities to promote the well-being of children and youth. In partnership with colleagues from across the university and the community, the center carries out basic, applied, and action research; translates research into effective programs and practice; infuses community perspectives into university research and teaching; facilitates strategic problem-solving processes; and promotes programs, practices, and policies that yield positive outcomes for children and their families.

Institute for Community and Economic Engagement

ICEE recognizes the essential interconnections between scholarship and economic, cultural, and community engagement. The institute serves as a central communication hub about engagement activities, relationships, resources, scholarship, best practices, and outcomes. Explore the CollaboratoryTM, where UNCG faculty, staff, and community partners share their projects and impact. Grow relationships and activities through the Referral Desk, which connects callers with the right campus and community partners and resources.

Institute for Data, Evaluation, and Analytics

IDEA provides a visible and easily accessible point of contact for internal and external partners to access UNCG’s expansive expertise in data analytics, evaluation, research, consulting services, and technical assistance. IDEA supports UNCG and community, state, national, and international partners to meet their accountability goals and objectives and to increase their capacity to serve their constituencies.

North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) is a campus-wide, cross-disciplinary center that has community engagement, building student and community connections as its primary focus.

NCEC helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and serves as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. The center promotes innovation across the campus and in the community through public service and community engagement, education, and research.

NCEC offers a range of outreach, instructional, and research opportunities including seminars, workshops, and conferences featuring entrepreneurship education for students and faculty. It also offers extra-curricular entrepreneurial opportunities including public forums to educate the campus and community about entrepreneurship; lectures by visiting experts in various types of entrepreneurship; and business idea competitions and programs that create diverse opportunities for growing the entrepreneurial mindset.


The SERVE Center is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. Through customized research and evaluation services, SERVE delivers actionable insights for both policymakers and practitioners. From large-scale experimental studies to small-scale qualitative work on topics ranging from early childhood to high school reform, SERVE builds the capacity of educators and policymakers to improve educational outcomes for students of all ages.

Key aspects of current work are:

  • Services for at-risk students:A cornerstone of SERVE’s work in helping to improve services in this area is the operation of the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE funded by the U.S. Department of Education). NCHE at SERVE Center operates as a national information clearinghouse and technical assistance provider to support the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act (Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act). SERVE Center also operates the North Carolina state homeless education program.
  • Evaluating high school reform.Through funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, SERVE is conducting a seven-year experimental study of the impact of early college high schools in North Carolina. We are also evaluating the scale-up of this reform model nationally (serving as project evaluators for two U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation projects that seek to apply early college high school principles to traditional high schools).
  • Program evaluation services. SERVE provides a variety of research and evaluation services to states, districts, higher education institutions, and nonprofit agencies. For example, we currently have contracts to evaluate the Read to Achieve and the 21stCentury Community Learning Programs in North Carolina and various other K-12 curriculum and teaching enhancement projects.

UNCG is also home to several other prestigious centers and institutes, listed below.

Center for Community-Engaged Design

CC-ED fosters community-university partnerships for meaningful research into and design of the built and natural environments. Housed in the Department of Interior Architecture, the center collaborates with community partners, non-profit organizations, and municipal departments to apply innovative design thinking and methodologies to design-related projects in underserved areas and for underrepresented populations in the Piedmont Triad area.

Center for Health of Vulnerable Populations

The mission of CHVP is to improve the knowledge of health disparities and vulnerable populations through research, collaboration, and education. This includes initiatives to alleviate those disparities, thus improving the health, access, quality of care ,and quality of life of vulnerable populations. Strategies are designed to address the NIH Roadmap, Healthy People 2020, and Healthy Carolinians 2020 through partnerships with community stakeholders. To fulfill the mission, the Center 1) promotes and enhances research on aging, culture, disease processes, ethnicity, health care delivery, disparities, health education, health policy, and health risks and behaviors; 2) fosters collaborative research within the School, across the University and state, and involving community and international partners; 3) disseminates research information to teachers, researchers, business leaders, health care providers, policy makers, the public, and the international community; and 4) develops new knowledge that contributes to better health, fewer health disparities, and improved health care for vulnerable populations. The CHVP activities include research training, research studies, grantsmanship, and outreach health education community partnerships.

Center for Industry Research and Engagement

Drawing on the expertise of faculty in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, CIRE performs high-quality applied research in economic policy and business practice, including economic-impact analyses, industry studies, regional economic profiles, feasibility studies, opinion surveys, program assessments, and updates of current economic conditions.

Center for Women’s Health and Wellness

The mission of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness is to advance the health and wellness of all women and girls through collaborative research, educational programs, and community engagement. CWHW places strong emphasis on the promotion of positive health, quality of life and sense of well-being for girls and women of all ages, from all backgrounds and communities. CWHW seeks to incubate and coordinate programs, research and education that support its mission.

Center for Athlete Well-being

The Center for Athlete Well-being aims to improve the well-being of athletes through the translation of prevention research to effective policies and practices. Working collaboratively with a wide variety of organizations and individuals (e.g., coaches, parents, sport administrators) that serve athletes, the Center provides evidence-based programming, training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation to support athlete well-being.

North Carolina Sales Institute

NCSI promotes sales education and develops sales leaders through research, educational programs, and corporate partnerships. The institute was created in 2015 to address the demand for well-trained sales talent who can work within the global marketplace. Students from any discipline can earn a Minor in Sales, which prepares them for success in their industry. NCSI has been recognized as one of the 2016 Top Universities for Professional Sales Education by the Sales Education Foundation. Led by Dr. James S. Boles and John Chapman, the institute provides sales training to both UNCG students and members of the professional community.

Forming a Center

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