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Tuesday December 7th

Gender Violence Prevention Task Force talks faculty social norms

On Wednesday, about 20 faculty, staff and students sat in the Carolina Union's upper level to discuss recommendations for the Gender Violence Prevention Task Force's report, but the conversation turned to discussing norms and problems faculty members encounter. 

"What do you think are some of the norms and expectation for the faculty here at UNC?" asked Kelli Raker, the coordinator for violence prevention programs. 

Audience members gave examples of social norms that affect faculty while Raker recorded their comments on an easel.

"I think there's having an expectation to bring publish and bring money to the University," said Carmen Gonzalez, Finish Line project coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Retention. 

Noreen Esposito is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and a representative from Faculty Council. 

"The younger (that) somebody is in their career, the closer they are to being a student and the more they connect to being a student," Esposito said.

Raker said identifying norms can help the task force determine if they're real, as well as what changes will and won't work for campus.

The Gender Violence Prevention Task Force will meet again in February to discuss recommendations for its reports and student alcohol regulations.

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