Chancellor Carol Folt entered her meeting with the Student Advisory Committee on Friday feeling tired.
"It's a mixed tired," Folt said. "It's a tired of real happiness because I think we've done some amazing things this week. But I think, as I've heard some people say at Carolina Conversation, I'm a little tired that I'm still having some of the same talks we've had at this school for 40 years."
The advisory committee spent the meeting discussing the new Carolina Conversations program, gauging the success of its first event, Carolina Pulse, held Monday.
Carolina Conversations, announced last week, is a way for students and the administration to engage with each other about issues such as race, identity, politics, religion, culture and intellectual diversity.
Striking a tone
Student leaders said the Carolina Pulse event felt like an educational meeting rather than a space to share their concerns.
"It's like you go into this space expecting to talk about what it means to be a black student at UNC, and then you hear people trying to argue that racism doesn't exist," said Merrick Osborne, Carolina Union Activities Board president-elect.
Dinesh McCoy said he felt the event could use a balance between education and discussion.
"It’s an interesting dynamic to have this be an educational opportunity for these topics, but for some students it’s more trying to educate people on the pain they feel in the face of these issues," McCoy said. "We need to talk about the respect that must be given to this type of pain. How do we make sure it doesn’t feel like we are questioning those people’s experiences?”