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January 2021

University/Community Annual MLK Banquet (Virtual)

January 17 @ 6:00 pm

UNC's MLK Celebration Week begins with the 36th annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet and Award Presentation, hosted by the MLK Jr. Corporation, in partnership with UNC’s Office for Diversity & Inclusion. The MLK University/Community Planning Corporation, a non-profit group founded in 1993, raises scholarship funds for high school students in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County and UNC students who work to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community. Each year, the Corporation also…

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National Day of Racial Healing

January 19 @ 3:00 pm

W.K. Kellogg Foundation will host the National Day of Racial Healing, with a goal of bridging divides, affirming our common humanity and creating more just and equitable communities. The event will be hosted by Baratunde Thurston and will feature activists, artists and thought leaders, including Hasan Minhaj, John Legend, Maria L. Hinojosa, Aloe Blacc, Storm Reid and Ta-Nehisi Coates.      

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An Evening with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

January 20 @ 6:00 pm

The School of Social Work's Centennial Speaker Series will present "An Evening with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr." Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. His books include Begin Again: James Baldwin's American and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America.      

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Black Americans and U.S.-Japan Relations

January 21 @ 4:00 pm

The 2020-2021 Speaker Series: Blackness in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will present "Black Americans and U.S.-Japan Relations with Ms. Paige Cottingham-Streater, executive director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. Ms. Cottingham-Streater directors the work of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, an independent federal government agency that supports research, education, public affairs and exchange with Japan. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States. Ms. Cottingham-Streater is the recipient…

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Responding to Student Mental Health and Well-Being During COVID-19

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Student mental health in higher education is an increasing concern, but Carolina experts are leading the way with innovative resources to help. Join us for an inside view on how UNC-Chapel Hill is responding to student mental health needs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Allen O’Barr and Dean Blackburn, leading Carolina practitioners in mental well-being and counseling services, will share current challenges, what they’ve learned during this time and innovative approaches they hope to implement in the future.    

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Screening & Discussion: “I’m Smart, Too”

January 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

School districts across the country agonize over racial achievement gaps that remain a staunch reality despite countless programs and initiatives. I'm Smart, Too takes a look at one public school system, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS), to examine how the practice of sorting and tracking school children, starting in the earliest grades, creates insurmountable disparities in educational opportunities while also shaping all students' perceptions of capability and worth. In this short documentary, the voices of educational experts, students, and parents sound an alarm about the tremendous damage we do when…

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Navigating the Pathways to College

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

As UNC and communities throughout rural North Carolina have adapted to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—during a year that also showcased ongoing racial injustice and a controversial election—the aim is to highlight ways that University-community partnerships have evolved through this time together. "Navigating the Pathways to College" is part of the UNC Rural and the Carolina Center for Public Service webinar series 2021 Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships. The series addresses specific topics within the broad theme of “partnership in a pandemic.”…

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MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony w/Keynote Speaker Patrisse Cullors (#BlackLivesMatter)

January 26 @ 6:00 pm

The MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony has featured such speakers as journalist Soledad O’Brien, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former NAACP President/activist Benjamin Jealous, Professor/author/radio host Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and many more since its inception over 40 years ago. The event also includes the presentation of the MLK UNC Scholarship for UNC juniors whose public and private community activities demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of life of our community and campus, and the MLK Unsung Hero Awards for UNC staff/faculty, department or…

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The Holocaust, Jewish History and Memory: New Directions in Research

January 27 @ 6:00 pm

The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will present their annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event, The Holocaust, Jewish History and Memory: New Directions in Research. The event will feature faculty and graduate students at Carolina and includes a 75-minute talk followed by a Q&A session. Speakers include Karen Auerbach, associate professor and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat Scholar in Jewish History, Department of History, along with several UNC graduate students: Robin Buller Max Lazar Alison Curry Morgan Morales Alma Huselja Oskar Czendze      …

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Creating a Space for Black Student Entrepreneurs

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The UNC Eship Center will host Creating a Space for Black Student Entrepreneurs. This session will focus on discussing the various journeys of Black student entrepreneurs in our ecosystem. The panelists include Nehemiah Stewart, Caitlyn Kumi, Sherrod Crum and Chi Nwogu as the moderator. Caitlyn Kumi shared, “Creating a space for black students means being able to connect with students that understand the complexities of being a black student entrepreneur and having a community that will support each other because…

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