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Impact on Our State

Supporting the community that supports us. Our success is North Carolina’s success. 

  • Amanda Atkins standing outside.

    Tar Heel finds her calling as a nurse

    Amanda Atkins' final year at Carolina was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but after graduating, she quickly launched into a career as a nurse as hospitals coped with the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    #GDTBATH: Desireé Lockhart

    Carolina junior Desireé Lockhart has dedicated her time in Chapel Hill to supporting and serving the community as an intern with a local nonprofit focused on affordable housing and grassroots economic development.

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    Using community service leave to give back

    Carolina staff members are using their Community Service Leave to give back to their communities, including volunteering at learning sites set up for children of frontline medical workers and other essential employees.

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    Empowering the next generation

    As climate change continues to impact daily life, researchers at the UNC Institute for the Environment want to discover the best way to teach the next generation to build a more equitable, resilient society. To do this, they are studying how young people learn about the environment and enact change in their communities.

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    Students build community ties during inaugural Gillings Day of Service

    This year, to give incoming students a hands-on look at this impact in the local community, the Student Government Association at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health launched its first Day of Service.

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    More than an archive

    The University Archives at the Wilson Special Collections Library is partnering with the Carolina Pride Alum Network to preserve personal stories of LGBTQ+ Tar Heels.

  • Justin Nolan standing in a river.

    Meet a new Tar Heel: Justin Nolan

    As a high school teacher, Justin Nolan has spent his professional career helping North Carolina students succeed. This fall, he will return to school to as part of the College of Arts & Sciences' Master of City and Regional Planning to take his passion for helping improve the lives of children to a grander scale.

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    Bringing classroom learning to life

    A new UNC Institute for the Environment program provides teachers with hands-on geoscience learning opportunities so they can replicate some of that experience in their classrooms.