Sharon P. Holland, an American Studies professor at UNC, spearheaded the COVID-19 QTIPOC Survival Fund.
As the pandemic crept across the globe and stay-at-home orders loomed on the horizon, professor Sharon P. Holland spent one of her last days at UNC standing on the Roy Williams Court, $5,000 richer than she’d been the week before.
During halftime of a March 3 men’s basketball game against Wake Forest, Holland, the chairperson of the Department of American Studies, was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. The prestigious award came with a hefty stipend.
“I had this extra cash, and I wanted to do something good with it,” she said.
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Determined to funnel her prize money toward someone in need, Holland turned to Chapel Hill organizer Tiz Giordano, with whom she had brainstormed ways to foster queer and transgender community for years.
Giordano and activist Bakari Roscoe had previously discussed the idea of a mutual aid fund for local marginalized groups — and now that Holland had several thousand dollars’ worth of seed money at her disposal, the three could finally make it happen.