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What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is a community engagement program where participants engage in meaningful community service and be a spark for change! You and your fellow students will have the opportunity to learn about a social and environmental issue that has an impact on our community, serve alongside community partners in the triad, and reflect on your experiences as a group. Each day has a different theme, view the schedule below and scroll to the bottom for more details about what a Catalyst day is like.


Saturday, November 19

Homelessness: Social Impact & Advocacy

Topic: People experiencing homelessness

Description: Join this Catalyst to work with organizations who are directly making a difference for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Participants can expect to prepare meals and interact with families and individuals at each organization.

Registration is now open! Click here to register!

Saturday, November 5

Immigrants & Refugees

Topic: Immigrants & Refugees Services

Description: Participants will learn about the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the Triad. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with two different community partners as well as gain new vocabulary and knowledge to better understand these communities.

Registration is now closed.

Spring 2023 details to come! To stay up to day, sign-up for our announcements here, and follow us on social media @uncg_olce!

More about Catalyst:
  • Catalyst is FREE to UNCG students!
  • All you need to do is apply to go and attend a virtual pre-Catalyst meeting the week before your Catalyst to make sure you’re prepared and have all the information you need.
  • Each Catalyst has room for 8-13 students and is led by trained student staff from OLCE.
  • Transportation and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided.
  • Each Catalyst is on a Saturday from approximately 8:30am-5pm, although times vary.
  • Any special equipment needed for the service projects will be provided (gloves, paintbrushes, etc.)
  • OLCE staff can approve these community service hours if you are part of a program that requires service hours (Leadership Challenge, student org, sorority or fraternity, etc.)

2022-2023 Catalyst Leaders

Jesea Littlejohn (she/her/hers)

Destiny King (she/her/hers)

Pooja Tadepalli (she/hers/they/them)

Taniah Daughtrey (she/her/hers)

Alhanna Cancel-Roman (she/her/hers)