University leaders explain what the UNC endowment is and how its funds are being used in light of the pandemic. The UNC endowment had a market value of over $3 billion in the 2019 fiscal year, leading some to see it as a possible lucrative source of funding for students and community members struggling financially during the pandemic. Endowment funds are collected from various donors and invested by a team at the UNC Management Company, which is composed of a board of business leaders, investment experts and University leaders who make decisions on how to monitor and invest donations. Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development Cynthia Butler said that only a small percentage of the value of endowment funding is available for liquid use.
The University is taking a new approach to planning for the spring semester that includes a new Campus and Community Advisory Committee following an unsuccessful return to in-person classes this fall. Bob Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost, is leading the spring semester planning process. Three advisory groups will work together and report directly to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz regarding a potential return to campus. In reflecting on the fall semester at UNC, Blouin said that the University had success in limiting COVID-19 transmission in areas where it could assert more control over student behavior, such as classrooms, research and other on-campus settings.
Two weeks after move-in began, students must now decide how to move forward with their on-campus housing after the University announced undergraduate classes would shift to being fully remote. Tuesday evening, Carolina Housing informed residents that they should make plans to return to their "permanent home" for the fall semester and cancel their housing contract within the next week. The University will use a review process for students who have to remain on campus. Undergraduate Student Government Affordability Committee Co-Chairs Ekta Deshmukh and Collyn Smith sent a letter to Carolina Housing and the UNC administration Tuesday that included a list of demands for students and employees amidst the shift to remote learning.
UNC's Muslim Students Association annual SportsFest fundraiser partnered with the Paani Project to address the water issues in Pakistan last spring.
UNC is one step closer to removing names of individuals tied to white supremacy from four buildings on campus. A chancellor-appointed committee unanimously voted Tuesday to put forth a recommendation to Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz that the University remove the names Charles B. Aycock, Josephus Daniels, Julian S. Carr and Thomas Ruffin and Thomas Ruffin Jr. from on-campus buildings.
The UNC Board of Trustees lifted a 16-year moratorium that prevented renaming buildings on campus just over three weeks ago. Last week, several UNC departments have come together to begin the process of renaming Hamilton Hall as Pauli Murray Hall. Pauli Murray, a Black descendant of UNC’s original trustees, was a prominent advocate for women’s and civil rights.
In the wake of COVID-19, these UNC scientists are spearheading a new global partnership meant to facilitate vaccine research and combat future pandemics of this size.
Each year about a quarter of the undergraduate population uses UNC's Writing and Learning Center services at least once. Now that classes are online, the centers are still offering remote services over Zoom and more.
Campus community members gathered at the UNC School of Law last week to watch a screening of "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook," a 2019 documentary that exposes the tactics used to suppress the voting rights of non-white Americans and younger voters.
After losing to junior Reeves Moseley in the general student body president election, Ryan Collins was elected president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation.