Learn about yourself and your community
Take action through service
Advocate for lasting social change
Since 1915, ECU’s motto has been Servire or “to serve,” and the institution’s history includes many examples of service to the region and state. ECU’s Office of Public Service and Community Relations coordinates the assessment and reporting of public service initiatives across campus.
The ECU Strategic Action Plan includes ten objectives related to public service:
These objectives serve to emphasize ECU’s role and commitment to public service, focus public service at ECU, and guide resource allocation for public service.
Public service occurs when ECU faculty, staff, and/or students work to improve communities in eastern North Carolina and beyond. This work involves communities and benefits communities as it also advances scholarship by linking theory and practice across a wide range of academic disciplines. ECU faculty, staff and students work with communities through engagement and outreach activities, coursework and perform service to the community through continuing education, co-curricular service, extra-curricular service, and volunteerism.