Always a great day to be a Tar Heel

Meet our Tar Heels

“It’s a great day to be a Tar Heel” is a phrase you’ll often hear around Carolina, and for a good reason.

Every day, Tar Heels create a positive impact on the world by improving their communities and inspiring change through their talents. They’re artists, scientists, humanitarians, researchers and innovators doing extraordinary things.

Meet our students and find out why every day is really is a great day to be a Tar Heel!

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Carolina creators

    Community builders

    • Gabriela Silva

      Gabriela Silva

      As a student ambassador at the Carolina Latinx Center, first-year student Gabriela Silva is helping make Carolina a more inclusive campus.

    • Abhishek Shankar

      Abhishek Shankar

      Rising senior Abhishek Shankar is working to launch the UNC-Chapel Hill Asian American Center to share a deeper understanding of the unique experience of being Asian American in the American South with the campus community.

    • Vi Le in the gym.

      Vi Le

      Vi Le has combined what she learned in her advertising and Japanese classes to serve as the co-president of the UNC Aikido Club, which brings the Japanese self-defense martial art to the Carolina campus.

    • Jessica Hamilton

      Jessica Hamilton

      Jessica Hamilton helps build school spirit by filling the seats at all Tar Heel competitions through Carolina Fever, a student group that runs a rewards-based program to encourage students to attend University’s sporting events.

    Budding researchers

    • Emily hynes

      Emily Hynes

      Graduate student Emily Hynes is using digital humanities tools to examine musical recordings from the American South to bring the true stories of the recordings to light.

    • Jeromy rech

      Jeromy Rech

      In addition to working to incorporate new materials for the creation of solar panels, graduate student Jeromy Rech is focused on helping other students succeed through mentoring and teaching.

    • Erin Jones

      Erin Jones

      As a teacher, Erin Jones felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. As a Ph.D. student studying school psychology, now she’s finding innovative ways to lift that weight off of fellow educators.

    Beyond stone walls

    Our Tar Heels' impact isn't contained to just within the low-stone walls of our campus.
    Our students are out in the state serving their communities and providing critical public services for North Carolinians.