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Wednesday February 1st

Chatting with Mr. UNC candidate Jean-Luc Rivera


Jean-Luc Rivera

You can hardly fit all of the titles in one breath.

A biology major in the UNC Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching program, an executive board member of Carolina For the Kids Foundation, a drum major for the Marching Tar Heels and a counselor for Camp Kesem. He’s also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and an office assistant at Ehringhaus Residence Hall.

Jean Luc Rivera is also running for Mr. UNC.

Through Preemie Prints, Rivera hopes to use student photographers to take photos for families with premature infants. He said his inspiration for the project is partly from looking around his own home and seeing all the pictures of him as an infant and realizing not every family has the chance to capture those moments.

“Working with Dance Marathon, I’ve been able to see all the stress and pressure these families go through,” he said. “And I want to do something to help alleviate that stress and help them have the same memories that I am privileged enough to have.”

He said seeing a family friend go through this situation without having a chance to look back on and cherish these early memories further convinced him of the need for such a project.

“It’s really important that everyone has the chance to make these memories, because I don’t think families want to remember the stress they went through,” Rivera said.

“I want to make this project accessible to students here at UNC and to connect it back to our campus. It gives students another chance to leave their Heel Print on this campus.”

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