Hey, Tar Heels!
As the current academic year comes to a close, we, the incoming elected leaders of Student Government, want to talk to you about the future of Carolina. More specifically, we want to talk about the vital role all of us play in defining that future.
Since Hinton James first set foot in Chapel Hill in 1795, this University has had a long and rich history of student self-governance. From our seat on the Board of Trustees to an autonomous honor system and one of the nation’s few independent student newspapers, we have incredible influence that is unparalleled in most of our peer institutions.
Whatever your passion, whatever cause you care about, whatever change you want to see, we encourage you to take on a leadership role in the coming year. That might involve joining Student Government (we’d love to have you!) or any of Carolina’s 800+ student organizations.
Our history has also been defined by student activism. Long before they courageously brought down a monument to white supremacy on our University’s doorstep, UNC students gathered close by to defend our constitutional freedom of speech. In 1963, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the infamous Speaker Ban Law, an act that prohibited known affiliates of the Communist party from speaking on campus. Led by then-Student Body President Paul Dickson, students, faculty and staff gathered on McCorkle Place to listen as Frank Wilkinson, an American civil liberties activist, defiantly shared his message from Franklin Street.