Alumni Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity
The Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity is dedicated to serving Carolina’s multi-cultural communities by engaging diverse alumni in the life of the university, and forging deeper and lasting relationships between Carolina and its minority constituents.
Four sub-committees—the African American, Asian, Latina/o and American Indian—join together to generate new leadership roles and funding opportunities critical to Carolina’s ambition to lead all public universities into the future of true excellence in higher education.
Carolina’s student body becomes more diverse with each entering class, creating a richer and more dynamic academic experience for all students. Every group is unique in its history, traditions, background and experiences, but all are woven together to form the very fabric of this great institution.
We invite you to reconnect with your Carolina experience and to discover today’s university as well by becoming involved with the committee’s efforts.
For updates from the University with a focus on diversity initiatives and events, visit the Celebrating Carolina’s Diversity page on Facebook.
ACRED Gift Planning Webinar
ACRED and the UNC Office of Gift Planning was pleased to offer our diverse alumni a free Gift Planning webinar. Elizabeth Ayers, UNC’s Director of Gift Planning, led the live information session which provided an overview of gift planning and the ways Carolina can be incorporated into your legacy plan. Below you can find a recording of the webinar.
Welcome from the Chair
On behalf of the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED), welcome to our website! I am honored to serve as chair for the 2015-2017 academic years. I am also committed to furthering ACRED’s mission of creating deeper partnerships between the University and alumni of color.
As a member of ACRED, I have had the opportunity to speak with alumni across the country. I know that the love for our great University extends far beyond the borders of North Carolina. However, one of the biggest misconceptions alumni have is that our official affiliation to the University ends the day we graduate. This is not the case—at least it does not have to be. Today, I challenge you to think of your commitment to Carolina as a life-long one—because Carolina needs you.
Carolina has had its rough times, but we continue to grow stronger as a University, community and family. And it is up to each and every one of us to do our part to help the University we love move forward. There are many opportunities to serve the University we love, through financial support, service, and as an ambassador in the global community.
I challenge you to bring your talents back to campus. Minority alumni support has been instrumental in funding programs on campus. In addition, alumni involvement has included speaking at campus events, mentoring students, and serving on alumni committees and advisory Boards. The support you provide today will impact future generations of Carolina students. No matter how long you have been away from Carolina, it’s never too late to re-engage.
Reyna S. Walters `99
Chair, Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity