Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz makes opening remarks ahead of the awards at the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. "We must continue to confront our history so we can learn from that history, fuel from the learnings and move forward together," he said.

First day of classes will be Aug. 10, final exams to end Nov. 24, Guskiewicz announces

UNC’s first day of class will be held on August 10, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced at Thursday’s UNC Board of Trustees Meeting. Students will complete finals by November 24 and then not return to campus until the spring semester. 

Guskiewicz announced the development of the Carolina Roadmap to reopen campus in the fall. The Roadmap includes the establishment of community standards to prevent virus transmission, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.  


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El Pueblo Inc., located in 2321 Crabtree Blvd., Raleigh, N.C., focuses in working with the Latin community from the Triangle and the greater North Carolina area. In response to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement  raids the organization has commed the agency actions.

Survey finds Latinx immigrants lack unemployment benefits, housing security amid COVID-19

Local advocacy group Siembra NC found Latinx immigrants' main concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic include accessing unemployment benefits, finding masks and continuing to pay rent, especially in more expensive areas.  The group surveyed 309 Latinx immigrants from 11 North Carolina counties to learn how to help immigrants and inform policymakers about Latinx communities' needs. Durham City Council member Javiera Caballero said the report also shows how Latinx people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including in infection rates.


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'Zoombombing' brings up questions of cybersecurity and safety for UNC students

The FBI issued a warning in March about the practice of "Zoombombings," where uninvited users hijack and disrupt teleconferences, often with offensive or racist images and language. UNC has not gone unaffected. Students in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media class MEJO 584: International Projects held a live premiere of their final project on April 29. Students say their Q&A session, hosted on Zoom, was interrupted by unidentified users — including a naked man — who screamed the n-word multiple times and that “no one f------ cares.” 


A student puts on a mask before leaving his house on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

UNC community considers implementation of face masks in fall

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday the initial logistics of returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester. As a part of Carolina’s Roadmap for Fall 2020, the University is planning to adopt new safety standards to reduce risk of transmission, which include asking community members to wear face coverings.


An empty Franklin Street on Monday, May 18, 2020. With the new petition, Franklin Street may see a return of people and life without breaking social distancing orders.

Proposal aims to accommodate social distancing, increase foot traffic on Franklin Street

The executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership proposed making temporary modifications to the area during the state's phased reopening, such as using the sidewalk for dining, transforming street lanes into pedestrian lanes and designating spots along streets for curbside pickup. A Chapel Hill resident also created a petition with over 500 signatures to transform Franklin Street's two outermost traffic lanes into a protected pedestrian lane.


UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz speaks at a webinar with other University leaders on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to discuss planning for UNC’s re-opening in the fall with changes in response to COVID-19.

'We’re not in a race to be first': Guskiewicz and UNC leaders discuss return to campus

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and other University leaders hosted a webinar Wednesday to discuss UNC’s options for safe re-entry in the fall in response to COVID-19. The options under consideration are part of a framework called the Carolina Roadmap, which is expected to officially launch next week.  Under the Carolina Roadmap, students may expect modifications to on-campus housing, shifts to the academic calendar and the implementation of social distancing and other safety measures.