ACRED Spring 2017 Meeting Agenda

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED)
Spring Meeting Agenda
Thursday, March 23, 2017 and Friday, March 24, 2017

  • Dress for the Thursday reception is casual. Dress for our meeting is business attire.
  • Parking for Friday is at The NC Botanical Garden.
  • Members of the Heelraisers student development group are available on Friday to help direct us.
  • A map is attached.


Thursday, March 23, 2017
Home of Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Cynthia Butler
105 Serrano Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
5:30 p.m.

Participating in the Creative Process in Performance

During our gathering at the home of Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Cynthia Butler we will see a sample of “The Black Pioneers of UNC-Chapel Hill” project and participate in its development. This UNC program provides space for artists to work on projects as they are being developed. Part of the project involves your feedback.

Joseph Megel
Senior Lecturer, UNC Communication Studies

Guest Readers: Actor Rhetta Greene and Actor and PhD student Sonny Kelly

Friday, March 24, 2017
NC Botanical Garden, 100 Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill

8:00 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Greetings from ACRED Chair Reyna Walters-Morgan ‘99

9:00 a.m.

A conversation with Chancellor Carol L. Folt and
Interim Chief Diversity Officer Rumay Alexander

9:45 a.m.

Southern Mix: Stories of Asians and Asian Americans in the South

The upcoming oral history project by the ACRED Asian/Asian American Subcommittee could change how people see the Asian and Asian American experience. We will hear a preview of what to expect.

Morgan Pitelka
Director, Carolina Asia Center

9:55 a.m.

Carolina’s Latina/o Studies Program

Carolina’s Latina/o Studies Program was the first of its kind in the Southeast. It was created as a response to a rapid growth of Latina/o populations in the Southeast and in particular, North Carolina from other parts of the United States, as well as places in North America, Caribbean, Central, and South America. We will hear about how Dr. Maria DeGuzman and her colleagues, who began the program in 2004, are finding new ways to respond to these changing demographics in the state.

Maria DeGuzman
Assistant Department Chair, English and Comparative Literature
Director of Latina/o Studies

10:15 a.m.

Next Steps – campaign creative

As we continue to progress in the behind-the-scenes planning for the campaign, Kim Elenez will talk about the campaign marketing program and provide some insights on Carolina’s messaging.

Kim Elenez, Senior Director
Development Communications

10:45 a.m.

Campaign Update

Cynthia Butler
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development

11:00 a.m.

Finding history in plants

When Carol Ann McCormick began sorting through the thousands of fungal specimens stored at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Herbarium, she was shocked to find specimens collected by renowned botanist George Washington Carver. We will hear her story and view some of the Carver specimens.

Carol Ann McCormick
Curator, UNC Herbarium and NC Botanical Garden

11:30 a.m.

UNITAS focus group

Several members of ACRED recall being a part of UNITAS Living-Learning Community, which focused on promoting sociocultural diversity on campus. While living in this diverse community, students were able to learn about acceptance and challenge stereotypes. Participation in UNITAS has decreased in recent years and the University us taking a year off from UNITAS while it examines the program. We will participate in a focus group looking at the program.

Allan Blattner
Director of Housing and Residential Education

12:30 p.m.

Working Lunch – ACRED sub-committee meetings

  • African/African American
  • American Indian
  • Latina/o
  • Asian/Asian American
1:30 p.m.

Sub-committee Reports

2:00 p.m.

Making a lasting impact on our students

We will hear from students representing the American Indian Center who will talk about professional development offered through the center, and how this professional development helps to shape their career experiences.

Amy Locklear Hertel, Director, American Indian Center

Qua Lynch, Student Engagement Coordinator

Cheyenne Bullard, student from Maxton, NC

Gabrielle James, student from Pembroke, NC

Elena Polanco, student from Greensboro, NC

2:45 p.m.

Wrap up

3:00 p.m.

Garden Tour

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a “conservation garden” with the mission of inspiring understanding, appreciation and conservation of plants and advancing a sustainable relationship between people and nature. We will participate in a tour led by a representative of the NC Botanical Garden who will talk about what makes this garden special.

4:00 p.m.