Dear Carolina Community,
As Election Day nears in the midst of this tumultuous year, we recognize that it can cause stress and anxiety for many members of our Carolina community. This is a time when world-class public research universities like Carolina serve our communities by doing what we do best: using these national events as an opportunity for teaching, learning, research, and spurring critical dialogue — and supporting our students, faculty and staff through these uncertain events.
The 2020 election has highlighted some of the most pressing issues of our time. Earlier this month, we shared important information to help you participate in the election, and we encourage you to exercise your right to vote on or before Nov. 3. For many of our undergraduate students, this is your first opportunity to vote in a presidential election and make your voice heard.
While many of us are physically apart, we know our community wants and needs to come together now more than ever. ElectionCarolina.unc.edu will connect students, faculty and staff with resources and campus events related to the election.
We want to acknowledge that this election season comes amid already heightened anxiety among our students, faculty and staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing experience of painful racial injustice, tragic deaths and civil unrest across our country. During these stressful times, please remember to practice regular self-care and take care of your mental health. These resources are also available if you need them:
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers students caring, confidential and comprehensive services to help gain healthy life skills and academic excellence by achieving and maintaining a healthy emotional and mental outlook.
- Campus Health provides students a full spectrum of expert, patient-centered and inclusive ambulatory primary medical care.
- The Office of the Dean of Students is available to support students who need assistance navigating personal or academic concerns.
- Campus Recreation provides diverse and intentional recreational programs, encouraging and helping our entire community to stay active.
- Student Wellness provides students an array of resources to support healthy choices and positive decision-making regarding health, safety and wellness.
- The Office of Human Resources offers a series of work/life and wellness programs to support employee physical and mental well-being.
- The Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling and resources to help University employees and their families deal with both personal and work-related concerns.
Most of us have never been challenged with managing as much uncertainty as we are now, and we know it is not easy. Do the things you can — plan to vote, take time to care for yourself and reach out to family, friends and campus resources when you need them. Our community is strong, and we will get through this together.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance