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2022 Employee Forum Community Meeting: Staff Wellbeing and Resilience at Carolina

March 25, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

To say the past two years, and even longer, have been difficult would be an understatement. Our mental health has waned. At times our community has felt fractured. And yet, we have persevered. As the Employee Forum is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of all UNC staff members, we feel it is our duty to take steps to meet staff where they are and make earnest efforts to equip you with tools you can use to be happy, healthy, and productive.

The Employee Forum will be holding a community meeting centered on mental health, resilience, and building and maintaining a sense of community. There will also be a pop-up “Postcards from the Pandemic” activity sponsored by Arts Everywhere, a project meant to highlight, recognize and honor Carolina’s hardworking staff through artistic expression. It is our profound hope that you will join us for this community meeting as we attempt to build and restore our minds, spirits, and community.


Event Information

Date: Friday, March 25

Time: 10 am – 11:30 am

Location: Zoom webinar

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*Must use your email address to register*

Please note that attendance at Forum Community Meetings is considered worktime for staff if cleared with one’s supervisor in advance of the meeting, and the meeting occurs during that employee’s regular work schedule.



Staff Wellbeing and Resilience Panel Session

Topic: Language surrounding Mental Health

Avery Cook, LCSW
Assistant Director of CAPS
UNC Campus Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Topic:  Emotions at Work and Positive Deviance and Resilience

Dr. Shimul Melwani
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Topic: How to Build Better Organizations that Support the Wellbeing of Employees

Dr. Kevin McClure
Associate Professor, Higher Education
Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Heels Care Network Presentation

Allison Reid
Executive Director of Communications
Student Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Q&A with Panelists & Wellbeing Specialists

Audience, panelists, and specialists

“Postcards from the Pandemic” Pop-Up Session

Kathryn Wagner
Associate Director
Arts Everywhere
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • In this 15 min session, an Arts Everywhere staff member will lead the group in a short reflection activity to help inspire your own postcard creation. There are no guidelines or requirements as to what can be on each postcard. Doodles, collages, self-reflections, and messages to a loved one, a friend, or a stranger are all encouraged.
  • To sign up for a take-home kit and to learn more about the “Postcards from the Pandemic” project visit Staff members who would like to acquire materials beforehand can sign up for a take-home kit which can be picked up at the Ackland Art Museum, Morrison Art Studio, Wilson Library or the Arts Everywhere office.
  • For those who prefer to create a virtual postcard, check out the online postcard-making resources here.


March 25, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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