Four academic and community engagement centers on campus are collaborating to examine crucial issues of equity and justice through a new partnership called the UNC Alliance.
The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Asian American Center, the Carolina Latinx Center and the American Indian Center came together to launch the collaborative group and put out a call for student grant proposals in January.
Krupal Amin, associate director of the AAC, said that the UNC Alliance is a new way to connect the centers to each other.
“The Alliance group is mostly just an umbrella organization to help these four centers have dialogue more efficiently,” Amin said.
She said some of the main priorities of the Alliance are cross-cultural unity and education when it comes to race and ethnicity and how they relate to social categories and movements.
“When we talk about race or ethnicity or experiences of marginalized groups, we do them in silos," Amin said. "And I think it’s really important to acknowledge that some of these histories run really parallel to each other. Some of the impacts are very similar for different groups."
Intersectional Student Projects
The Alliance's first project, Intersectional Student Projects , is supported by a grant from an anonymous donor and aims to establish deeper relationships between the campus centers.
The goals of the ISP are to form relationships and generate projects that build solidarity between the campus cultural organizations and explore meanings of community and belonging. The project also seeks to help students consider the role of UNC in local and global communities.