InTouch Deadline – April Issue

March 27, 2017

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Join us for Nobody

March 23, 2017

nobodyUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on March 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill. 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. Please email if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: Unarmed citizens shot by police. Drinking water turned to poison. Mass incarcerations. We’ve heard the individual stories. Now a leading public intellectual and acclaimed journalist offers a powerful, paradigm-shifting analysis of America’s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and more troubling truth about race, class, and what it means to be “Nobody.”

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the United States following the death of Michael Brown revealed something far deeper than a passionate display of age-old racial frustrations. They unveiled a public chasm that has been growing for years, as America has consistently and intentionally denied significant segments of its population access to full freedom and prosperity.

In Nobody, scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill presents a powerful and thought-provoking analysis of race and class by examining a growing crisis in America: the existence of a group of citizens who are made vulnerable, exploitable and disposable through the machinery of unregulated capitalism, public policy, and social practice. These are the people considered “Nobody” in contemporary America. Through on-the-ground reporting and careful research, Hill shows how this Nobody class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit it in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.

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March 1, 2017 Community Service Committee Meeting

March 1, 2017

Community Service Committee Meeting Agenda


Wednesday, March 1, 2017


11:30 PM – 12:30PM


Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja H. Stone Center


  1. Welcome/Introductions [[11:30-11:35]]


  1. Planning for the Employee Forum Habitat for Humanity Event [[11:35-11:50]]


III. Community Service Leave Promotion Campaign [[11:50-12:00]]


  1. Update on other business [[12:00-12:10]]


  1. Questions/Final Comments [[12:10-12:15]]


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Community service spotlight: Carla Rodriguez

February 24, 2017

Carla RodriguezPhoto courtesy of Carla Rodriguez

Carla Rodriguez, Coordinator in New Student & Carolina Parent Programs, shared her experience as a volunteer for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games:

“My volunteer position was a National Olympic Committee (NOC) Assistant to the delegation from Kosovo. We helped them with whatever they needed throughout the day such as setting up transportation, prepping for competitions, and lots of translating. We were with them in the Olympic Village as well as competition venues to support their delegation staff and athletes.  This was their first time at the Olympics and they won their first Gold Medal in Judo!

“One day a volunteer was explaining to a little girl on the bus what we were doing and used such simple words “we are here to help each other”. The little girl smiled and said “that’s wonderful!” It was a wonder to see people genuinely trying to help each other in whatever mix of languages and hand signals they knew. It was interpersonal communication at its finest.  I met people from all over the world and spoken some combination of every language I know (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian). I even met a Tar Heel on the train to the Olympic Park! Yes, the trips to and from work were long and my feet may have hurt but the experience of the exchange was a priceless gem.

“I was able to watch 5 spectacular young women win Gold in gymnastics live and there are not enough emojis out there to adequately express how it felt to be in that arena. One of my childhood dreams was fulfilled. While it was sad to say farewell to the NOC center and the Olympic Village, it was truly the opportunity of a lifetime to represent my country as a volunteer and apply my skills in such a global setting.

“I left Rio full of appreciation for the beauty of simple human interaction. It is so crucial to look up from our screens and have genuine conversations. There are stories to be told and heard. I want to be very clear that those weeks were not a vacation. They were time spent engaged in communities I care deeply about and want to give back to as much as possible. Whether it be by talking with children, dancing because it feels good, using a language you know well or only a little, it is a gift to be able to connect with people, no matter where they are from, what language they speak or how old they are. I encourage everyone to find things that take energy but fill you with purpose. Stop and lend a hand to someone. A small amount of attention and listening go a long way.”

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Community service opportunities: March 2017

February 24, 2017

Mark your calendars: UNC Employee Forum sponsored Habitat for Humanity build!

The Employee Forum and other staff groups across campus will sponsor a build day for Habitat for Humanity in early April 2017!

The home being built in Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood will be gifted to a UNC Staff member, Thein Oo and his family.

More information on the time and date of this event will be coming soon! Community Service Leave will be available for this event with prior supervisor approval. For more information on Community Service Leave, please visit

If you or a group of individuals in your department or unit wish to participate, please reach out to Heather Lewis ( for more information.

Participate in the Caring Community Walk/Run 5K

Please support the Caring Community Foundation by participating in the Caring Community Walk/Run 5K, which is organized by Kappa Epsilon (KE), a UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP) organization. The 5K will start at the Old Well at 7:30AM on March 25th and run through UNC’s campus.

The Caring Community Foundation was founded by an ESOP and KE alumni and works to raise money to help cancer patients with their everyday expenses. More information about the organization can be found at their website,

Please go to to register for the 5K. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt.

Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips

As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Kinston, North Carolina, April 21 to Tarboro/Princeville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.

Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to and should include:

  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).
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Greenhouse is open

February 24, 2017

By Arlene Medder, former UNC Employee Forum Delegate

For quite a few years, Claire Lorch, manager of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG), wished for a greenhouse. A greenhouse would provide an opportunity to propagate a greater number and variety of plants based on cultural preferences and disease resistance, and she could involve volunteers in that process.

Distributing mature tomato plants is a CCCG tradition greatly appreciated by the Garden’s primary recipients, UNC housekeepers.  With a greenhouse, they can expand beyond tomatoes to other easy-to-grow vegetables that can be grown in containers or in a garden.  It is another way the CCCG can assist in providing nutritional food and encouraging healthy eating habits.

Thanks to funds from the student organization Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RECPC), a partnership with NC State School of Design faculty and students, and the efforts of architects and builders from Szostak Design, two solar consultants and others, her wish is now granted.  Construction of the greenhouse began in the summer of 2016.

The greenhouse, recently completed, will be in production very soon. CCCG will host a ribbon-cutting/reception/tour on April 21st. All those who contributed to this effort will attend and the public is invited to join in the celebration.

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Join us for Callings

February 23, 2017

callingsUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on February 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion by Dave Isay. 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.  Please email if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. These stories were collected over the past two years as part of a national outreach campaign, a first for StoryCorps, and most have never been published or broadcast until now.

An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.

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InTouch Deadline – March Issue

February 23, 2017

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