The committee holds the open sessions to answer questions pertaining to student athletics from the campus community, said committee chairperson Joy Renner.
The committee addressed questions about how the University might react if athletes boycotted, as they recently did at the University of Missouri.
“What if that were here?” committee member Kimberly Strom-Gottfried said. “I think that’s put a different spin on the power of student-athletes.”
Committee member Deborah Stroman referenced student-athlete involvement in protests in 1992, when in the activism that led to the creation of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
“I think at an institution, especially one like Carolina, that everyone should have power,” Stroman said.
“And if it means that there are those students who feel that something must be done, as in stop everything, then I think that’s warranted and very valid.”
Committee member Lissa Broome said UNC has spent a lot of money on athletics and related issues in the past.
“Look at all the money that’s been spent on the Wainstein report, redacting records to release public records,” Broome said.