The Nuevo South Action Research Collaborative (NSARC) is an interdisciplinary engaged research program supporting the development of the local and transnational Latino communities of eastern North Carolina and the southeast. It was created in January 2009 by faculty from the Department of Anthropology in partnership with grassroots organizations and agencies working with Latinos. Since then, the NSARC has been dedicated to building interdisciplinary partnerships within the university, partnering with community organizations, writing action-research proposals, conducting formative and ethnographic studies, and communicating results to grassrots, service, and professional audiences.
The NSARC is guided by principles of community engagement. According to this, the university and the community are partners in producing knowledge that will illuminate and guide processes of community change and in translating that knowledge into actual applications that meet community needs. The NSARC will bridge the gap between research and practice by building partnerships that link researchers and practitioners, developing methodologies of engaged and action-research, creating application models in different areas, and by making research findings readily available to grassroots, service, and policy-making organizations.