The Oct. 15 weekend was an early homecoming for generations of Campus Y members young and old.
Through dinners, discussions and documentary screenings, more than 400 people converged on the Campus Y building to celebrate 150 years of promoting social justice.
“Learning our past helps us have a more collective identity,” said Elizabeth McCain, co-president of the Campus Y. “It helps us realize where we need to put ourselves in the future.”
Many of the alumni, who were at the forefront of causes such as desegregation, civil rights, women’s equality, environmental rights and Vietnam War protests, exchanged stories and advice for the future of the Campus Y’s agenda.
UNC alumnus and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, who graduated in 1993, helped expand UNC’s recycling program through his involvement with the Campus Y.
“The Y opened my eyes to other environmental and social issues,” he said. “It turned me into a student activist.”
He said he was pleased to see that the organization’s direction as a social movement is still defined by students and that the environmental issues are still important today.
For other alumni, the event was an opportunity to reunite with old friends.
“Everything fell back in line the way things were 20 years ago,” said alumna Denise Young. “I met some of my best friends here at the Campus Y, and being together again brings me the sweetest memories.”