Campus Y is a student organization that works to promote social justice on and off UNC’s campus.
It originated from the YMCA, which was organized at UNC in 1859 and the YWCA, which was started in 1935. In 1963 the two organizations joined to become Campus Y.
Together with the Black Student Movement, Campus Y helped the predominantly black cafeteria staff rally for wage increases during the food workers’ strike of 1968-69. The group was at the forefront of causes such as desegregation, civil rights, women’s equality, environmental rights and Vietnam War protests. During the speaker ban controversy of 1963-68, Campus Y leaders challenged the ban on Communist speakers Herbert Aptheker and Frank Wilkinson.
The organization has an estimated 2000 members each year. Recently they have been pushing for gender equality. In January 2014 the organization opened a gender nonspecific bathroom in their building on campus.