Greetings Fellow Tar Heels!
Thank you for visiting the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED) newsletter and thank you for your support for our great University. As my predecessor Reyna Walters-Morgan ’99 so clearly articulated before me, it is our hope that you will take the information you learn here and share it with alumni in your communities.
For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina is an ambitious undertaking, but it is made attainable by a collective effort. ACRED’s role in that effort is helping diverse alumni and friends find their passions and place at Carolina. We are grateful for you and for your continued commitment to the University.
Since 1999 ACRED has engaged diverse alumni in the life and future development of the University as well as increased its presence in the University community. We take pride in helping Carolina alumni find their passions and in making opportunities available for others. For example, ACRED members completed, and topped, the $250,000 Hayden B. “Benny” Renwick initiative to continue the Minority Advising Program and Academic Achievement Awards begun by the beloved Dean Renwick.
ACRED members help educate alumni in different parts of the country about the diversity work taking place at Carolina through salons and larger gatherings. Topics have ranged from Carolina’s impact in the Galapagos to a play telling the stories of Carolina’s first black students. One event created Southern Mix, which captures the oral histories of Asians and Asian American residents in the Triangle of North Carolina and of the larger region of the South.
Sometimes we impact the campus community in small ways. When Tar Heel Preview Day needed $10,000, ACRED came up with the money to host 250 males from sixth to eighth grades from ethnic and culturally diverse backgrounds in a one-day Carolina experience about the college preparation process. Also, ACRED has conducted a lunchtime Webinar on gift planning to show alumni how to incorporate Carolina into their legacy plans. And we are always coming up with ways to support the work of the University.
In this edition of the ACRED newsletter we will profile some of the people and programs on campus that build on our efforts to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of students of color:
- Project Uplift celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019; we take a look at what is going on to celebrate this important milestone.
- The American Indian Center is the only university-based American Indian public service center in the state and Southeast.
- Tar Heel Veronica Flaspoehler is giving back to Carolina by creating safe environments for women of color.
- The UNC Latinx Center will officially open its doors just prior to the Fall 2019 semester.
- Reina Kinnaly ’20 is a first-generation college student who has plans to make sure she’s not her family’s last.
- Carolina is leading a push for global thinking. A gift from the Jarrahi family to advance Persian studies helps make that possible.
- The Saunders Science Scholars Program is a family science enrichment program in Gates County, NC named in honor of Gates County resident and former science educator and principal, Benjamin C. Saunders, Sr..
We depend on you to help ACRED fulfill its mission, so thank you for sharing a few of these great stories happening here at Carolina!
Lucrecia R. Moore ’92