Join Us for Exit West

October 26, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at

From Goodreads:  In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.



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2017 UNC “Food for All” Campus Food Drive

October 20, 2017


UNC ‘Food for All’ Year-Long Food Drive 

2017-2018 Donation Totals

During the 2017-2018 UNC Food For All Campus-wide Food Drive, we received donations equaling over 3265 meals for hungry North Carolinians!


Help us fight hunger in North Carolina! In conjunction with the ‘Food for All’ University theme, the Employee Forum is hosting a year-long food drive effort which will benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Carolina Cupboard here on campus. This food drive will contribute to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, which is a competition between UNC, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest University to raise the most food throughout the course of the 2017-2018 athletic season. Donations will be accepted at several special events throughout the year, as well as a few permanent bins placed in strategic places throughout campus.

Special Events:

Donation booths will be set up at the following special events:

  • Employee Appreciation Day (Carolina Union)- October 20, 2017

  • “Ruck for Hunger” Food Drive — November 3-11, 2017


Ruck For Hunger, a canned food drive hosted by Carolina Veterans Organization, will benefit TABLE in Carrboro, NC. This special event will have specific donation bins placed in various businesses on Franklin Street and several on campus locations (Ruck For Hunger Donation Bin Locations). On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, members of the Carolina Veterans Organization, UNC ROTC, and other volunteers will have a ruck march to collect the canned goods, leaving from the Carolina Veterans Resource Center (located at 211 Branson Street) at 9 am. (On-Campus donations will be picked up on November 10, 2017)










For more information on the Ruck For Hunger event, please visit:

  • Employee Appreciation/ Military Appreciation Football Game versus Western Carolina at Tar Heel Town- November 18, 2017

Flier for the Tar Heel Town Food Collection Event on November 18, 2017

This event will specifically benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC as well as the Durham VA Food Pantry in honor of the Military Appreciation Game















  • UNC vs Pitt Men’s Basketball Game- Dean E. Smith Center, February 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM

More special events to come!

Donation Bin Locations

You can also bring your donations to a bin around campus throughout the year!

**List of locations: (UNC Food For All Campus Wide Food Drive Donation Bin Locations)

**On-Campus bins now available.

Suggested Donations:

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has identified its most-needed items (Food Bank Suggested Donations)

Carolina Cupboard also has a list of suggested donations (Carolina Cupboard Suggested Donations)

TABLE, Inc. references their most needed food items here (TABLE Suggested Donations)

Durham VA Food Pantry is especially in need of Hormel Complete Meals (both dinners and breakfasts) as well as other non-perishable foods.  (Durham VA Suggested donation list)

Monetary donations will be accepted at the above special events!

  • $1 equals five meals for hungry North Carolinians.


Hashtag:  #UNCFoodForAll

Volunteer with us:

  • Volunteers who participate in drop-off and pick-up efforts, as well as volunteers at our special events, are eligible to take Community Service Leave (CSL) with supervisor approval. Please email Katie Musgrove at if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Unfortunately, if the special event drives are outside of regular business hours, CSL is not available for these volunteers.
  • For more information on how to take CSL, please visit the UNC Human Resources website.

For more information about the Million Meals Challenge, please visit:


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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

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 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 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 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

The websites  and 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



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

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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

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

Please email 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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