The Carolina Union is the mixing bowl where students, faculty, staff and guests meet through events primarily conceived by students. It’s where the never-ending task of translating learning into wisdom begins. Few other buildings on the UNC campus are utilized by such a wide spectrum of the campus community. Thus, as the “living room” of the University, the Union provides not only many of the services needed by the campus community, but also an opportunity for UNC students to express their social, recreational and cultural interests.
The Union is two entities: an organization of students and staff called the Carolina Union, and the building – the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Both are informally known as “the Union” or “the Carolina Union.”The organization provides its student leaders with experiential opportunity for personal growth and the development of their leadership potential. Through this process it has provided, and continues to provide, an extensive and varied program of activities for the Carolina community. There is music encompassing jazz, popular and classical; drama, from Broadway to local student productions; art, including works of amateur and professional artists as well as crafts; films and videotape; lectures and debates featuring national and international personalities; and workshops dealing with human relations and personal growth. The program and administrative staff assists individual students or student groups who are exploring creative ideas and wish to develop programs throughout the campus and University communities.