UNC Wilmington is one of a dozen target campuses under the umbrella of North Carolina Hillel, which seeks to provide Jewish students with meaningful Jewish experiences and foster within them an enduring connection to Jewish life. Through its Statewide program, NC Hillel is committed to supporting these local Hillels in two ways:
NC Hillel builds infrastructure by allocating program funds, investing in student leaders, providing marketing materials, training and supporting faculty advisors, strengthening relationships with the local Jewish community and communicating with campus administrations. Additionally, NC Hillel staff, led by Geoff Brown, Director of Statewide Jewish Student Life, visits each campus to work directly with local student leadership and the faculty advisor.
NC Hillel generates centralized Statewide programming open to students from any North Carolina campus, including a leadership retreat, Taglit-Birthright Israel, and Alternative Winter and/or Spring Breaks (in March 2010, students rebuilt homes in Louisiana).
Since 2008, UNCW's Jewish student group has evolved from a small club with several active members to an official Hillel supported by NC Hillel with an entire leadership board and a student intern.