The recent removal of the Silent Sam base and plaque from UNC’s campus has sparked new discussions and protests surrounding the monument and its history, extending conversations to potential new students and their families.
Some of the first glimpses of UNC’s campus for prospective students may occur during campus tours, and many UNC tour guides, known as Admissions Ambassadors, are tasked with the role of tackling questions and concerns surrounding Silent Sam by prospective parents and students.
“The biggest question is definitely safety,” sophomore Admissions Ambassador Sosa Evbuomwan said. “A lot of times we get questions about whether or not their student will be safe on campus, and whether or not we feel safe on campus as well.”
Evbuomwan has been giving tours since her first year at UNC and said student tour guides receive extensive training for giving experience-based tours.
“We’re trained for extenuating circumstances on campus. Whenever something comes up, we usually will have a meeting to discuss how to handle the situation should questions arise from parents or students,” Evbuomwan said. “If (parents) want our opinion, usually it’s given outside of the tour.”