From mapping key community indicators to hosting walks that help local residents explore pressing social issues, our programs focus on building regional understanding and connections.
The Charlotte region is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic areas in the nation, with rural counties, bedroom communities and suburbs, as well as the largest city in North Carolina and rapidly changing areas in upstate South Carolina. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute focuses on issues of growth, change and equity in this complex region.
Rachel Jackson-Gordon is a Research Associate at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, where she started in May 2022. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati’s Educational Studies’ Research Methods program, where she focused on Educational and Community-Based Action Research.Read more >
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Our mission is to provide community-based research services to local, regional, and state-level clients. Key off-campus partners include local governments, non-profit organizations, and community groups.