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SUPPORT OUR STUDENT-CENTERED INITIATIVES

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DISTINGUISHED LECTURESHIP ON RACIAL EQUITY AND BELONGING

As the oldest public university in the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill inherited a large responsibility to offer renowned scholarship and education both within and outside of North Carolina. Carolina also inherited a large, pivotal role to continuously offer quality educational and enriching experiences to generations of students. While the University has continuously made progress in academic scholarship, we still fight each day to grapple with a colorful past centering around racial equity, belonging, and marginalized identities. 


Knowing this, our University must also accept the challenge of combating racism, discrimination, and prejudice through educating the Carolina community to this end. The Distinguished Lectureship on Racial Equity and Belonging will bring a scholar to Carolina each year to give a comprehensive lecture tied to a racial equity and/or belonging-centered theme for that year. The lecturer must be an expert in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion and must bring forward both life experiences and renowned scholarship.


Open to the entire student body, faculty, and staff, the lecture will serve as a way to both ensure that Carolina is rigorously pursuing equity and inclusion, but is also committed to educating the Carolina community and confronting its past as it relates to racial equity and inclusion.

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RICHARD EPPS EMERGING LEADERSHIP (REEL) PROGRAM

Named after the first African American student to serve as Carolina’s Student Body President, the Richard Epps Emerging Leadership Program (REEL) is an emerging leader, cohort-style program preparing incoming first-year and transfer students to develop key leadership skills that will serve them on UNC’s campus, throughout North Carolina, and nationally. The REEL program utilizes a comprehensive curriculum and leadership framework to engage Scholars in rigorous leadership development and professional development scholarship. 


Students selected for the REEL program will participate in workshops, seminars, and lectures throughout the entire academic year that will both enrich and broaden their Carolina experiences. The students will also have cohort-style programming and trips, and these students will serve as the First-Year Focus and Student Experience Advisory Council to the Undergraduate Student Government. 


After a year of robust programming, curriculum-based development, and scholarship-based experiences, the Richard Epps Scholars will participate in the Annual Richard Epps Honors Ceremony where they will be honored for completing the Emerging Leaders Program.


REEL is an emerging leaders, cohort-style program preparing incoming first-year and transfer students to develop key leadership skills that will serve them on UNC's campus, throughout North Carolina, and nationally. The REEL program utilizes a comprehensive curriculum and leadership framework to engage scholars in rigorous leadership development and professional development scholarship.

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UNC CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION

The UNC Center for Creative Leadership and Innovation will serve as a comprehensive, university-wide center that will actively provide renowned leadership, service, and research opportunities to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


The Center will serve to in order to strengthen leadership and professional development offerings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offer a more rigorous and robust leadership framework to the entire campus community, and better centralize leadership development efforts. 


The UNC Center for Creative Leadership and Innovation will offer leadership programming, coaching, a new, leadership certificate for undergraduate students, graduate fellowships and grant/research monies for research, service, and leadership opportunities.

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DIRECT GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT

In addition to programs that support undergraduate students, it is equally as critical to support our graduate and professional students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


As a pivotal part of the Carolina community, graduate and professional student programming is critical to the success and professional development of graduate and professional students.


Students engaged in graduate degree programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have great aims and visions. Earning their advanced degree at UNC will support them in offering training to pave the way for their future career paths.

Graduate and professional student-oriented programming will support our future professionals as they embark on their journeys.

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