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Dr. LaSaundra Booth plays piano in the piano lab at Kenan Music Building on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022. Dr. Booth was recently featured as the NAfME 2021 All-National Honors Orchestra Conductor.

'I hope to empower': Meet music education lecturer LaSaundra Booth

LaSaundra Booth, a lecturer of music education at UNC, began playing the cello in the fourth grade and fell in love with it. She has since performed in a variety of symphonies and orchestras, and founded the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, a nonprofit organization that provides instruments and musical training to over 350 children across three counties. “If there’s one word I’m taking into 2022, it’s 'empower,'" Booth said of her work. "I want to empower the next generation of teacher leaders.”

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The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pruitt.

'They see value': Postdoctoral program supports faculty members of color

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity aims to set up scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups for possible tenure-track appointments at UNC or other research institutions. Sarah D. Mills, who completed the program in 2021 and is now an assistant professor at UNC, said programs like the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity can’t be the only solution to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. “These types of programs are really critical to there being change in what faculty at universities look like,” she said. “And I don't think just these programs alone are enough.”

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The Faculty Executive Committee held a special meeting on Dec. 23, 2021 to discuss return-to-campus concerns.

Faculty Executive Committee discusses spring return-to-campus concerns at UNC

The University has no plans to delay the spring semester as of now, Provost Bob Blouin said at a UNC Faculty Executive Committee special meeting Thursday. Any changes to spring semester operations will be announced by Jan. 3, he said. The FEC also discussed concerns about the return to campus amid the rapidly spreading omicron COVID-19 variant, masking protocols and the potential for a vaccine mandate.

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The back entrance to South Building is pictured through the Old Well on Oct. 17, 2021. 

Op-ed: UNC Chancellor is facing pressure for new provost decision

"The search for a new provost is coming to an end, and the Chancellor is under significant pressure to make a particular choice. Based on the information that is being relayed to me by multiple sources, our trustees and the UNC System are dictating his choices to the point that he really has none to make."

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Op-ed: The risks are too high

"Rushing back to the classroom this week puts us all at risk — for that reason, we are publishing an open letter requesting online classes for 4-6 weeks, signed by over 500 faculty members."

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