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Leah Cox

Dear Carolina Community,

As we near the end of the semester and reflect on the many challenges of our return to campus this fall, it is important that we take time over the next few weeks to focus on self-care renewal and connecting with family and friends.

It has been quite a year here at Carolina, across the nation and around the globe. The end of 2021 offers an opportunity to reflect on the many experiences that have troubled and traumatized so many over these past 12 months. This includes, among other things, the second year of a global pandemic with two additional variants; polarizing legal cases following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey and Breonna Taylor; continued social and political unrest; an uneven and uncertain economic recovery and sustained attacks on institutional norms and civil discourse.

Through it all, the Carolina community has continued to join together to voice our feelings, provide support and care for members of our community who are struggling and work to build a more diverse, equitable and just society.

Before we leave for the winter break, we invite you to continue this conversation at tonight’s special event, Building Our Community Together: Healing Together: Where do we go from here? This supportive discussion will be hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Carolina Black Caucus. It will take place at 7 p.m. Register at go.unc.edu/CCC.

In addition, should you feel the need for one-on-one support, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides 24/7 support at caps.unc.edu or 919-966-3658. For identity-based trauma, the Carolina Collaborative for Resilience (CCR) provides individual Resilience Coaches at go.unc.edu/resilience.

In the year ahead, we will continue to work diligently to support the University’s Strategic Plan: Building Our Community Together First Strategic Initiative. Our shared goals highlight UNC’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity across the institution. We must continue to strive to make UNC a place where all are welcome and find a sense of belonging.

To that end, whether you have just celebrated Chanukah or will be celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice or New Year’s Day, we wish you a festive and joyous season. If you are unsure about how to honor each other’s holy days and observances, check here for appropriate accommodations, salutations and information.

I wish each of you a safe and inclusive winter break and a healthy and happy start to the new year. Let us return to the Spring 2022 semester invigorated, recharged and hopeful!

Sincerely,

Leah Cox, PhD
Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

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