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Jaci Fields was recently named the new Chair of the Carolina Black Caucus. She is pictured on Sept. 14, 2021.

Jaci Field wants to bring communities together as Carolina Black Caucus chairperson

UNC alumna Jaci Field is the director of the Eddie Smith Field House and a member of the Athletic Facilities and Planning staff. She was recently named chairperson of the Carolina Black Caucus, of which she has been a member for over 20 years. “I just realized how great it felt to not be an ‘other’ in a room, and was really stricken by the wonderful feeling of community and family in the room,” Field said of the CBC.

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Ramona Denby-Brinson, dean of the UNC School of Social Work, poses for a portrait at the SSW on Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021. Denby-Brinson's appointment was approved on Aug. 5, making her the first Black woman to lead the school.

New dean of School of Social Work hopes to increase innovation and diversity

Ramona Denby-Brinson is the first Black woman to serve as dean of the UNC School of Social Work. She came to UNC from a position as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Ohio State University College of Social Work. Denby-Brinson said she sees this opportunity as a way to use the UNC's strengths to tackle current social problems, specifically COVID-19, racism, social injustice and inequalities.

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Yalitza Ramos, the newly appointed director of the Campus Y, poses for a portrait at the building on Sept. 14, 2021.

UNC Campus Y names new director

On Aug. 26, Yalitza Ramos was announced as the new director of the Campus Y after having served as interim director for 18 months. Ramos is a double Tar Heel with a background in social work. While serving as interim director, Ramos was also director of the Bonner Leaders Program. She has worked with multiple local nonprofits and organizations throughout her time at UNC, including Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the Orange County Literacy Council, the Compass Center for Women and Families and Girls on the Run.

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Rolanda Hedgepeth, Faith Hedgepeth's sister, comforts her mother, Connie Hedgepeth, at a press conference Thursday. At the press conference, Chapel Hill police announced that an arrest has been made in the investigation of Faith Hedgepeth's murder in 2012.

Nine years later, suspect arrested in murder of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth

At the time of her death, Faith Hedgepeth was a junior at UNC and had dreams of becoming a pediatrician. Hedgepeth, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, was an active member of the Carolina Indian Circle and volunteered at the American Indian Center. Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares, whose relationship to Hedgepeth is unclear, was charged with first-degree murder in the Hedgepeth investigation, said Assistant Chief of Police Celisa Lehew, the lead investigator in the case. No further details about the case were revealed during Thursday’s press conference, and the homicide investigation remains active and ongoing.

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A collection of the Harry Potter book series. Courtesy of Tribune News Service.

Column: The resurgence of nerdy trends is a good thing

"In my own experience, I remember being harassed for liking Harry Potter in middle school. I was called a “nerd” and made fun of for liking the books and seeing the movies, especially by my female peers. So, it is a bit hurtful to see these same individuals posting about their house on Facebook, or adding to the trend of dressing up in outfits inspired by the characters."

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