About WakeCup

Overview of the Wake Community-University Partnership (WakeCUP)

The Wake Community-University Partnership is an inter-institutional initiative designed to leverage the distinct assets of the NC State through partnerships that emphasize reciprocity and collaboration with local communities. In the Fall of 2018, the NC State Office of the Provost and the County of Wake signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines the joint intent and expectations of the University and the County to purposefully, proactively, and collectively work towards social and economic vitality in two engagement zones: Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake County (including the municipalities of Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon). The broad focal areas include Civic Engagement, Community Wellness, and Economic Opportunity. The long-term goals are to build on the numerous local engagement initiatives already operating through the university and with a more intentional focus on reciprocal partnerships that result in broader and positive community impacts.

Over the next 3-5 years The NC State University Office of Outreach and Engagement (UO&E), and the Center for Family and Community Engagement, will work directly with Wake County Social and Economic Vitality (Wake SEV) to connect faculty, students, and staff to government, nonprofit, and business organizations in the SEV engagement zones to address community-identified needs. The scope of this partnership will include community-based research studies, joint funding initiatives, program development and implementation, the provision of professional services or technical assistance, community-based learning projects, and service activities.

WakeCUP Engagement Zones