Spring 2022

From the Vice Chancellor


It’s the first sentence of our cover feature story. And it’s a lifeline running through UNCG research and scholarship.

Just look at the breadth, depth, and longevity of the partnerships highlighted in this one issue.

With nonprofits, businesses, and faith communities like the Beloved Community Center, Communities in Schools, Disney, El Futuro, Greensboro History Museum, Greensboro’s Magnolia House, Guilford Urban Farming Initiative, Montagnard Dega Association, Neighborhood Markets, St. Phillip AME Zion Church, and World Health Organization.

With educational institutions and public entities, like Dudley High School, Duke, Hillsborough Police Department, Greensboro Public Libraries, Guilford County Prison Farm, Johnson C. Smith University, Maria Mitchell Observatory in Massachusetts, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Charlotte.

With funders like the National Archives, National Communication Association, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation.

And last but by no means least – between faculty and the undergraduate and graduate students who play critical roles in the generation of new knowledge.

Partnership and collaboration are fundamental to the teacher-scholar model that makes our university so special.

Whatever your definition of the characteristics of a good partnership – trust, transparency, mutual benefit, respect, reciprocity, common vision or goals or values – you’ll find them in abundance in this issue’s stories and across UNCG. Bridging communities and crossing borders and disciplinary boundaries.

Partnerships take more work, can take more time, and can be messy. They’re not for the faint of heart.

But as the proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.”

We are going far. 

Terri L. Shelton, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement
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