Centers & Caucuses
Numerous centers, caucuses and associations exist at Carolina to meet your specific interests and needs. Check below for details.
Through Accessibility Resources & Service The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill seeks to meet the individual needs of applicants and current students with disabilities and medical conditions by coordinating and implementing appropriate accommodations and providing resources and services as they relate to academics, residences, dining and co and extra-curricular campus activities.
ARS also functions as a source of information, educational outreach and advice, as well as a communication link among individuals with disabilities, faculty and staff, outside agencies, and the community at large.
The American Indian Center is a university-wide public service Center designed to advance the University’s mission of research, education, and service with three primary goals:
- Leadership in American Indian Scholarship and Research. By creating an environment in which quality research and scholarship related to American Indians is strengthened and nurtured, the University can become the premier university in the east for American Indian research and knowledge dissemination.
- Engagement with and Service to Native Populations. By serving as the University’s front door to American Indian communities, The AIC will enable Carolina, as the University of the People, to truly serve the First People of North Carolina as well as the First people of the south and the east.
- Enrichment of Campus Diversity and Dialogue. By facilitating the inclusion of the American Indian peoples, with their unique and rich cultures, traditions, beliefs, and histories, the learning environment of the entire Carolina community will be enriched.
The Association for Women Faculty and Professionals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers women faculty and professionals opportunities for fun, networking and learning through social activities, seminars, discussion groups and other events. Our diverse membership includes faculty, researchers, administrators, librarians, communicators, fundraisers, medical and legal professionals, and other UNC faculty and staff.
We aim to create a hospitable environment for women faculty and professionals on this campus by
- Promoting intellectual and social discourse
- Facilitating networking among professional women on campus
- Disseminating information concerning achievements of and opportunities for women
- Initiating programs that serve the interests of the members and benefit the university community
- Advocating for policies and practices that promote women’s equity and diversity on campus
n the Spring of 2013, American Indian faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill met to form the first Carolina American Indian Caucus.
The Carolina Asia Center is the University of North Carolina’s flagship organization for Asia-related activities. In 2014, the CAC became the first Title VI-funded pan-Asia National Resource Center in the southeast United States.
CAC’s mission is to positively transform our understanding of and relationship with Asia and to equip students and others with the knowledge of Asia to assume leadership roles. The Center develops resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars programs.
The Carolina Asia Center is a unit of UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and work with various professional schools, departments, centers and student organizations on campus. Beyond Carolina, the CAC collaborates with regional and international institutions to develop and implement educational programs on Asia. Their programs have also been supported by the Freeman Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, the Thai Government, and through our close partnerships with Duke University and the UNC system of universities and community colleges.
The Carolina Black Caucus is comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students that share their gifts and talents at UNC-Chapel Hill. The CBC’s vision is a university community that consistently and enthusiastically fosters, supports and celebrates the achievement of Black employees at Carolina.
Established in 2003, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, an interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Arts and Sciences, promotes a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and thought through its teaching, research and community outreach initiatives.
The CCJS focuses on the following four core areas:
The University offers an undergraduate degree program in Jewish Studies. The degree program, launched in 2012, is available through the Department of Religious Studies, where students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Jewish Studies.
Two academic minors – Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew – continually attract a diverse group of Carolina students.
The number of Jewish Studies courses offered to Carolina students has grown to more than 110.
In the current academic year, more than 20 teach and conduct research in Jewish Studies at Carolina. Faculty members are based in eight different academic departments [Religious Studies, Asian Studies, German/Slavic Languages and Literatures, American Studies, History, English, Romance Languages, and Music].
Students have the opportunity to pursue Jewish Studies through study abroad programs in Israel, Argentina and several other countries. Students may also participate in archaeological excavations at Huqoq, in Israel.
Each year, the Center hosts free, public lectures that bring an array of international experts to the campus community and general public. About 2,000 members of the campus community and local community attend our events annually.
The Center also co-sponsors programs with other Carolina departments, Duke University, and community organizations, to further enrich the student experience and expand community outreach efforts. One example is the NC Jewish Studies Seminar, which the Center co-sponsors with several other nearby universities and UNC Carolina Seminars, providing the local academic community with the opportunity to meet and discuss scholarly papers.
The Center depends on private support in order to fully realize its mission of teaching, research and community outreach. Generous donations have established endowed faculty chairs, supported graduate students, sponsored student and faculty research, and underwritten dynamic public programs.
The Center’s Advisory Board, comprised of alumni and community leaders, helps guide the Center’s growth and assists with raising private support.
The Center’s global focus and comprehensive scope of study, coupled with Carolina’s national reputation as a student-focused research university, make the program truly unique among its peers. The Center’s rapid growth has established Carolina as the leading institution for Jewish Studies in the American south and as a prominent source of research with an international reputation.
The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach. Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people.
The Center is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, a collaboration between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Carolina Latinx Center (CLC) provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to explore Latinx cultures, histories and tradition and to use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities in North Carolina and the world. For faculty, staff and students who are engaged in research, teaching and/or service related to Latinx communities and issues, the CLC connects them both with one another and with community partners.
Latinx are defined as people of Latin American and/or Iberian heritage living in the United States. Within the Latinx communities, there is great diversity of backgrounds, aspirations and sociopolitical views that adds to the richness of our collective experiences. Latinx are ethno-racially diverse, of African, indigenous, Asian, and European descent; linguistically diverse; and culturally diverse.* Additionally, the term “Latinx” is an inclusive term that removes gender identity and allows the individual to designate their gender identity. The terms Latino, Latina/o and Hispanic are used interchangeably.
Vision: Greater inclusiveness and cultural awareness of Latinx communities on campus and beyond.
Mission: The Carolina Latinx Center (CLC) supports UNC-Chapel Hill’s Latinx communities and educates the campus and beyond through engagement, scholarship, cultural awareness, and public service.
The Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC) is the next iteration of the efforts of the Office of the Dean of Students and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to serve and support the Carolina student veteran and military-affiliated student population. The CVRC will serve as a central location for these students to find resources as well as a community to support and aide them during their journey as Tar Heels. The Center provides study space, a lounge, conference rooms, and a lactation room.
From prospective student support, from and to our Red, White, and Carolina Blue Graduation Ceremony, the CVRC will serve as a hub for the support and recognition of our military-affiliated student population throughout their Carolina experience.
The Carolina Veterans online portal was developed by the University offices listed below to connect veterans who are interested in becoming a Tar Heel, whether as a student and/or as an employee, to resources on campus. The portal is also designed to help those who are already students or employees find ways to get involved in the veteran community on campus and to grow in their careers. Here is a closer look at how these offices help veterans excel as members of the Carolina community:
- The Office of Human Resources (OHR) hosts jobs.unc.edu, where you can search for open positions at the University. Temporary positions that are available with the University’s outside agency, University Temporary Services (UTS), are also listed on this website. We know beginning a career is more than filling out an application. You can find details on employee benefits. Staff in OHR can help connect you to this information. OHR is part of the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement.
- The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) oversees policies that protect and aid veterans and other protected statuses at the University. This policy supports the University’s commitment to providing an equitable, inclusive, and safe environment for the campus community. EOC also oversees policies that provide for reasonable employee disability and religious accommodations. If you are a student seeking disability accommodations, contact Accessibility Resources & Service for more information. EOC is part of the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement.
- The Office of the Dean of Students provides services for veteran students entering UNC-Chapel Hill and throughout their journey as Tar Heels. The University’s Student Veteran Resource Coordinator, Amber Mathwig, is also located in this office.
The Center for Global Initiatives‘ mission is to expand global opportunities at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
CGI specializes in opening access and removing barriers to such opportunities for underserved students.
CGI believes that:
- Global opportunities that enhance education and increase employability must be available to all students, regardless of their background, discipline or perspective.
- A commitment to global education can extend across the entire university and deep into our state.
- Global understanding can be gained abroad, on campus and in the local community.
Through collaborative programs and competitive funding opportunities, CGI connects people across borders and disciplines. Their work is wide-ranging: they fund faculty to develop global courses; empower students to conduct ambitious research and internships abroad; direct global events on campus; and connect the community with the University’s global resources.
Because the Center for Global Initiatives’ work is diverse and comprehensive, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes them as one of only seven national resource centers in global studies.
CSSAC is dedicated to promoting academic excellence to assist students in achieving their academic goals while enrolled at Carolina. Its constituent programs (Learning Center, Peer Mentoring, Summer Bridge, Men of Color Engagement and Writing Center) provide support for students in developing the skills and strategies needed to achieve academic success. This commitment to student learning supports the university’s mission to “teach students at all levels.
The Learning Center
(SASB North lower level, Room 0118, learningcenter.unc.edu, 919-962-3782)
Helps students learn more efficiently and perform better in their course work. Services include Academic Counseling; Reading Program; Tutoring in Math and Sciences; Drop-in Peer Tutoring; Test Prep for GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT; Workshops; and Success Programs for students with LD/ADHD.
(SASB North, Room 2117, peermentoring.web.unc.edu, 919-962-2185)
Peer Mentoring assists in the academic, social, and personal development and adjustment of racial/ethnic minority students, students from low-income backgrounds, and transfer students in their first year at UNC by providing them with peer mentors who are academically successful and socially involved members of the Carolina community.
The Writing Center
SASB North lower level, Room 0127, writingcenter.unc.edu, 919-962-7710)
The Center offers 50-minute face-to-face sessions and online tutoring system that allows you to submit writing and receive feedback via the web. Free English as a Second Language (ESL) services for UNC undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students, postdoctoral and visiting scholars, staff, and faculty.
(SASB North, Room 2203, http://summerbridge.unc.edu, 919-966-2143)
Summer Bridge is a seven-week residential academic support program for a select group of entering first-year students. The program is designed to ease participants’ personal and academic transition from high school to the University. Students enroll in an English composition course, and one mathematics or chemistry course. Also, they participate in learning strategies instruction offered by the Learning Center. Cultural and recreational activities are significant components of the program, as students are introduced to the University and the vast array of opportunities available.
Men of Color Engagement
(SASB North, Room 2203, menofcolor.web.unc.edu, 919-966-5245)
A community designed to help males of color develop academically, socially, and professionally. Our current initiatives include mentor-coaching through Pin Lineage Groups, monthly networking gatherings, and a first year male student retreat.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center is part of this university’s commitment to diversity and works to foster a safe inclusive environment for UNC-Chapel Hill students of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions. The Center provides numerous resources, educational programs, social programs, and student support services to accomplish our mission of fostering an open, safe, and inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
The Center provides ongoing programs such as:
- LGBTQ Center listserv with weekly information about campus events, speakers, and programming of interest to LGBTIQ and allied folks
- LGBTIQA Graduate Student listserv
- Q Group—a weekly confidential support/discussion group for LGBTQ students
- Trans Talk Tuesdays—a weekly support/discussion group for trans-identified folks
- Safe Zone Program—a training program designed to build a network of allies for LGBTIQA students
- Resource Library—collection of books, magazines, and videos available to all UNC community members
- Social and/or educational events open to all campus & community members
The Minority Student Caucus is a student-run organization in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The MSC mission is to collectively support, represent, encourage, and empower minority students, both domestic and international, in the SPH at the institutional, departmental, and community levels. In this capacity, we strive to promote and foster a relationship between our students and the faculty/staff of the SPH and administrative units at Carolina. The MSC is an organization open to all students, and is dedicated to fostering a safe environment for healthy and productive dialogue surrounding issues experienced within our diverse student population and their implications for public health.
The Caucus was founded in the early 1970’s as a vehicle for bringing the concerns of minority students to the attention of the School’s Administration and for working to attract more students of color to the School. The Caucus founded Minority Health Conference in 1977 and has conducted it annually since then. The Caucus also works with the School administration on initiatives to link to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, especially in North Carolina, and to institutions serving other minority groups.
The Queer Faculty and Staff Network is an informal group of people who identify in various ways as part of the diverse LGBTQ, Two Spirit, and Same Gender Loving communities. There are currently no events scheduled but if you would like to host or anchor an event, please contact the LGBTQ Center by telephone (919-843-5376) and ask to speak with Terri Phoenix.
The Stone Center’s work and activities support the University’s mission objectives to “serve as a center for research, scholarship and creativity and to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate and professional students to become the next generation of leaders,” and to “extend knowledge-based services and other resources of the University to the citizens of North Carolina and their institutions to enhance the quality of life for all people in the state”.