Latinx alumna’s gift enables student travel

Double Tar Heel Maribel Carrion established the Carrion Global Experiences Fund to open more opportunities to see the world.

Maribel Carrion posing for a photo in front of the Old Well on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Carrion Global Experiences Fund established by Maribel Carrion ’77, ’86 (MBA) will help Tar Heels experience the world. “When you find something you really want to help with, you find a way to make it happen,” she said. (Jenifer Hughey/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Carolina double alumna and staff member Maribel Carrion ’77, ’86 (MBA) established the first endowed fund at the Carolina Latinx Center. The Carrion Global Experiences Fund provides students with opportunities to travel abroad and participate in global experiences.

The Carolina Latinx Center provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to explore Latinx cultures, histories and traditions and to use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities in North Carolina, the country and the world. The center supports UNC-Chapel Hill’s Latinx communities and allies and educates the campus and beyond through engagement, scholarship, cultural awareness and public service.

Carrion, an avid supporter of the Carolina Latinx Center, the Carolina Performing Arts Student Ticket Angel Fund and Global Take Off: Puerto Rico, also gives back by volunteering in a number of areas on campus, including as a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, the CPA Advisory Board, the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Council, the Alumni Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity and the Carolina Latinx Center Board.

The impact that studying abroad had on Carrion’s sister inspired her to establish this endowment. Carrion said the experience changed her sister’s worldview in meaningful and powerful ways. “When you find something you really want to help with, you find a way to make it happen,” said Carrion. “Seeing the impact my gifts have had on students’ lives just makes me want to do more.”

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carrion grew up in a military family and lived in the United States, Germany and Panama before she came to UNC-Chapel Hill to study mathematics. She later obtained her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and went on to a multinational career in software development. Thirty years later, she returned to Chapel Hill, and she is now the executive director of student administration and enterprise reporting in UNC’s Information Technology Services department.