For new students, navigating the resources available at UNC can be an overwhelming experience.
The Daily Tar Heel has collected perspectives from members of some organizations and centers on campus to serve as an introduction to the many resources available.
When students in African, African American, Diaspora Studies 254: African Americans in North Carolina came to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for help on an assignment, Gregg Moore, the library's manager, first asked them about their interests.
In the Stone Center Library, students can turn a possibly overwhelming assignment into a detailed and personalized project as library staff work with students, in particular undergraduates, to fine-tune their research based on what they’re passionate about, Moore said.
“What makes our library unique is the focus on customer service," he said. "We really tried to make libraries (and) resources accessible to first-years.”
Another resource for new students is the International Student and Scholar Services, which provides resources including help with financial support documents, changing immigration status and entering the United States.
The UNC-Chapel Hill LGBTQ Center seeks to create an inclusive environment based on its values of intentional inclusion, intersectional social justice, accountability and consent, and environmental responsibility, according to its website.
The LGBTQ Center focuses resources on support and advocacy, community building and educational programs, and offers forms to report harassment or request an appointment or conversation with center staff members.
A student-led organization, UNC Active Minds, also seeks to build community by increasing awareness and opening conversations about mental health.