On the 224th annual University Day, Chancellor Carol Folt introduced a scholarship fund which aims to recognize UNC students, faculty, staff or alumni who have advocated for inclusion and diversity.
These individuals, deemed Bridge Builders, will be rewarded for their efforts with a scholarship in their name. In order to involve the Carolina community, Chancellor Folt extended an invitation to the general public to nominate someone who deserves recognition as a Bridge Builder.
“For this new round of named scholarships, we welcome your nominations for Bridge Builders — people whose work, advocacy and personal example helped forge a more inclusive, unified and aspirational Carolina community,” Chancellor Folt said in an email statement.
This round of named scholarships followed the footsteps of the Noteworthy Firsts, who were introduced on University Day last year. Twenty-one Noteworthy Firsts were recognized with a preexisting scholarship newly named in their honor. These individuals were selected based on their ability to break down cultural barriers to pave the way for positive change at UNC. The scholarships in recognition of the Noteworthy Firsts will still exist; the Bridge Builders will just acknowledge more people from the University who advocated for diverse populations.
G. Rumay Alexander serves as professor and director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the UNC School of Nursing, and sits on the committee that will officially name the Bridge Builders in the spring.