CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS
The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force developed an overall engagement strategy to hear from university community members and to gain a better understanding of race and equity within the System. The engagement strategy included conducting a system-wide survey and a series of virtual town halls. In addition, the task force met with students, faculty, and staff representatives at their weekly work group sessions and hosted focus groups with faculty, staff, and student leaders and advocates.
THE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL EXPERIENCE
UNC System Racial Equity Task Force Virtual Town Halls were held Oct. 19-29. The seven sessions included discussions on race and equity from more than 3,000 students, faculty, and staff from our 17 institutions. Task force members actively listened during each session and will use the feedback from our contributors and attendees to inform its recommendations to the Board of Governors and UNC System Office.
Sessions that occurred included:
October 20: Student Town Hall at 10 a.m.
October 27: Student Town Hall, at 10 a.m.
October 19: Faculty Town Hall at 6 p.m.
October 26: Faculty Town Hall at 6 p.m.
October 23: Staff Town Hall at 2 p.m.
October 28: Staff Town Hall at 2 p.m.
October 29: Students, Faculty, and Staff Town Hall at 6 p.m.
From September 15-30, 2020, the UNC System conducted a survey that gathered the opinions and experiences on race and equity from students, faculty, and staff from across the 17 institutions. More than 16,000 students and employees responded to the survey. The survey responses were critical in shaping the discussion topics for the virtual listening sessions.