Join Us for How Does it Feel to Be a Problem

September 28, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on September 28, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoumi. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/y7gnzdpp

From Google Books:  An eye-opening look at how young Arab- and Muslim- Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy

Just over a century ago , W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about America’s new “problem”-Arab- and Muslim-Americans. Bayoumi takes readers into the lives of seven twenty-somethings living in Brooklyn, home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States. He moves beyond stereotypes and clichés to reveal their often unseen struggles, from being subjected to government surveillance to the indignities of workplace discrimination. Through it all, these young men and women persevere through triumphs and setbacks as they help weave the tapestry of a new society that is, at its heart, purely American.

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Community service opportunities: September 2017

September 15, 2017

UNC Public Service Fair

Make use of your community service leave benefit by getting involved with local nonprofits. UNC permanent employees can use up to 24 hours of work time per calendar year to volunteer with a nonprofit organization. The 18th annual Public Service Fair is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Pit. This is a great opportunity to connect with more than 20 local nonprofits and find ways to make a difference in our community. Click here to see the full flyer.

Hurricane Matthew update & Adopt-a-Home program briefing

Since December 2016, the Carolina Center for Public Service has partnered with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC) to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts in Princeville, Lumberton and Fayetteville, North Carolina. In June, NCCUMC launched its Adopt-a-Home program to help displaced families in Lumberton. Organizational partners are needed to help get families back into their homes by volunteering labor and providing donations to purchase furniture, appliances and home furnishings. Join NCCUMC, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, room 3503 for updates on Hurricane Matthew’s devastation, recovery efforts-to-date and details about the Adopt-a-Home program and the process for adopting a family. Register through UNC event registration.

Celebrate Carolina Cupboard’s Grand Reopening!

Carolina Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, will celebrate the expansion of the pantry to a larger space with perishable food options. For more information, please visit http://carolinacupboard.web.unc.edu/ or click here to see the full sized flyer.

 

Recycling Volunteers Needed for Fall Events

Orange County Solid Waste Management hosts recycling and waste diversion activities at most large special events in Orange County.  Recycling volunteers comb event grounds making sure recycling collection is maximized and moving smoothly. We work hard but we have fun, so share these opportunities with your friends and family!

Shifts vary, and often you get a meal and/or a t-shirt for your time! 16 or older unless with an adult, please. Contact Muriel Williman at muriel@orangecountync.gov or 919-918-4909 with your t-shirt size, shift request, and for details about the following events:

  • Carrboro Music Festival Saturday Sept. 23, 2-6PM, Town Hall Pavilion (only 2-3 slots needed).
    Sunday, Sept. 24, is the BIG DAY, shifts 1-4:30PM, and 4:30-8PM.  Music all over town, SUPER FUN. We need tons of help on Sunday.
  • Festifall the premier annual Art, Music and Culture Fest on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill
    Sunday, Oct. 1, shifts: 11AM-3PM and 3-7PM
  • YepRoc20 Hillsborough-based YepRoc Records celebrates 20 years in the business with a great musical line-up and beer at beautiful River Park.
    Saturday, Oct. 21, shifts 11AM-3PM, 3PM-7PM. Three slots available for each shift. Volunteers enjoy the jams while they collect the cans.

Carolina Disaster Relief Listserv/Websites

It is no surprise that the Carolina community is responding in important ways to the immediate needs for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma. The recovery period for affected communities is long and will span years. In addition to donating money and volunteering with established groups working with affected communities, there will be additional ways to help in the coming weeks and months. Periodic updates will be shared through the Carolina Disaster Relief listserv. To join the listserv, send an email to ccps@unc.edu. If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus, or if you are organizing efforts to help, please send an email to ccps@unc.edu.

The websites ccps.unc.edu/HurricaneMatthew  and ccps.unc.edu/HurricaneHarvey are regularly updated and contain information about Carolina’s efforts and other information and resources.

Disaster Relief Trips

As we approach one year since Hurricane Matthew devastated eastern North Carolina and as we continue to see the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, please consider volunteering for relief efforts. The Carolina Center for Public Service is organizing campus-wide relief trips to continue the rebuilding process after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Trips are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Dec. 1. For details, FAQs and registration forms, visit UNC disaster relief trips.

Submit your story about Community Service Leave or other UNC Faculty/Staff Volunteer Experience

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department otherwise served the community or volunteered in other ways? Send a picture and a short blurb (300 words or less) about your experience and what you’ve gained from using your leave, and we’ll feature you here! Email submissions or questions to Katie Musgrove at kmusgrov@email.unc.edu.

 

Sincerely,

Employee Forum Community Service Committee

 

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International Housekeeping Week 2017

September 8, 2017

Monday, September 10th is the start of International Housekeeping Week! Held every year during the second full week of September, International Housekeeping Week (IHW) is a week dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working custodial staff members. The true heroes of any building operation , custodial employees, have one of the toughest jobs in a building. But also one of the most important. Buildings that are not properly cleaned can lead to illness and productivity loss for the people who eat, visit, live, work and play there. International Executive Housekeeping Association is the official sponsor of International Housekeeping Week since its founding in 1981. Today IHW is celebrated globally in thousands of facilities from Dubai to Hong Kong, from Huston to Dublin.

Please take a moment to thank our hard-working and dedicated UNC housekeepers for a job well done!

Shayna Burke Hill, MPH
Chair, Employee Forum
UNC-Chapel Hill
Shayna_Hill@unc.edu

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Join us for Between the World and Me

August 31, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on August 31, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at http://tinyurl.com/ya74dueh

Unfortunately, due to University budget cuts, the Forum will no longer be able to offer lunch for book club attendees.

From Google Books:  In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country’s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can America reckon with its fraught racial history?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children’s lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path towards a kind of liberation—a journey from fear and confusion, to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is.

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Join Us for The Mothers

July 27, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on July 27, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in Room 202, Undergraduate Library. We will discuss the book The Mothers by Britt Bennett. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration at http://tinyurl.com/yautbfo8

Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Google Reads: Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty.

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InTouch Deadline – July Issue

June 23, 2017

Submit information to be published in our upcoming InTouch Newsletter to intouch@unc.edu. The Employee Forum reserves the right to edit and determine appropriate content in line with our mission.

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