Thirty-four UNC-system centers are under review, including nine at UNC-Chapel Hill. The UNC BOG Democracy Coalition, an organization that was started in September 2014, is organizing Friday’s sit-in.
“On Friday, we want to remind the BOG that students are still aware of their impending decision, and we’ll be there to have a presence of students and show that we care about the decisions they make for our University,” said Emilio Vicente, a senior and one of the founders of the coalition.
The coalition has collected more than 2,500 signatures on a petition asking the BOG to stop plans to cut funding or terminate UNC-system research and advocacy centers.
“I think a lot of these centers help make the campus a safe space, which historically, it hasn’t been for everyone,” said senior Catherine Crowe, a sit-in participant.
The final decision regarding the centers’ statuses was originally planned for this week, but it has been postponed until the board’s February meeting in Charlotte.
UNC students are already making plans to go to the meeting in February.
“We’re definitely going to try to have a handful of students go to Charlotte,” Vicente said. “Of the 34 UNC centers under review, nine are in Chapel Hill and none are in Charlotte.”
Centers and institutes working group chairman, Jim Holmes, declined to comment while board member, Steven Long, did not respond to request to comment.