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Rebecca Clark Staff Award for Moral Courage

James Holman

James Holman
Crew Leader, Housekeeping Services

James Holman’s work advocating for the staff of UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC System is truly a round-the-clock effort. Holman is a third-shift employee but instead of resting during his personal time, he can often be found advocating for his fellow staff members at meetings of the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum, UNC System Staff Assembly and State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC).

Through his role as chair of SEANC District 25, Mr. Holman was instrumental in securing State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s participation in a UNC-Chapel Hill Health Care Town Hall sponsored by the Employee Forum, Faculty Council and Carolina Black Caucus. Holman also secured the state treasurer’s attendance at a quarterly meeting of the UNC System Staff Assembly to discuss the changing landscape of health care in North Carolina. The rising cost of health care is of significant concern to Carolina staff and faculty and UNC System employees, and having the state treasurer address these groups was an important way to hold state leadership accountable to the people they are elected to serve.

In recognition of Holman’s dedication to staff advocacy for more than a decade, he was honored last year by the Employee Forum with Lifetime Delegate status. Holman never rests in his efforts to push University and state leaders to always consider the greater good of all staff, faculty and students. His efforts are a reminder to the Carolina community that advocacy work never ends and that the most vulnerable communities are the ones in greatest need of our support.