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.
CENTERS UNDER REVIEWThe centers and institutes under review at UNC are:
- Carolina Center for Public Service
- Carolina Women's Center
- UNC Center for Faculty Excellence
- Center for Law and Government
- Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity
- James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
- Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
- UNC Center for Civil Rights
- UNC Institute on Aging
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.