ACRED Spring 2018 Meeting Agenda

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (ACRED)
May 3-4, 2018


Thursday, May 3, 2018
Piedmont Room, Carolina In
7:00 p.m. ACRED Reception

Join us for a dinner discussion with Trustee William A. Keyes, IV. We will use this time to learn more about the role of the UNC Board of Trustees and about ways we can assist the University.

To learn more about Trustee Keyes, visit the Board of Trustees website at

William A. “Bill” Keyes, IV, Secretary, UNC Board of Trustees

Friday, May 4, 2018
Hyde Hall, The University Room
8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Call to Order/Goals for the day

Rhesa Versola, ABJO ’87
Co-Chair, ACRED Asian/Asian American Subcommittee

9:10 a.m.

Open Round Table Discussion

We will use this time for an open discussion about some of the issues currently facing the University. We have assembled a small group of University leaders to listen to your concerns and respond to your questions.

Stephen M. Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions
Rumay Alexander, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor of the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Amy Locklear Hertel, Chancellor’s Chief of Staff

9:50 a.m.

Campaign Update

The University just reached the $2 billion mark in its $4.25 billion Campaign for Carolina. Cynthia Butler will let us know how we got there and what’s next. She’ll also give us an update on how we are doing as diverse constituents of the University.

Cynthia Butler, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
University Development

10:10 a.m.

Celebrating 50 years of taking diverse high school students to college

For nearly 50 years, Project Uplift has consistently provided a diverse selection of rising high school seniors from across the state of North Carolina with an opportunity to live, lead, and learn about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a first-hand basis.

The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, sponsors Project Uplift annually to enhance the diversity of Carolina’s undergraduate population. High achieving African American, Native American, Latinx, Asian American, low income, rural and other rising seniors from historically under-served populations are invited to spend two days on campus to experience the academic rigor and social climate of UNC. During May and June, approximately 1,000 rising seniors and other secondary students participate in this unique early recruitment program.

We will hear from students and learn how Project Uplift plans to celebrate its 50th year.

A.C. Locklear, Director of Student Engagement
Office for Diversity and Inclusion

10:50 a.m.

Getting to know UNC’s new librarian

Elaine Westbrooks comes to the University with more than 19 years of higher education library experience. She will now oversee one of the top ranked library systems in the country which hosts more than nine million volumes across 10 libraries. She will discuss her vision for the library as well as share how the serves its constituents. Gerald Holmes will join her for an interview session follow by Q&A from ACRED members.

Elaine L. Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries
Gerald Holmes, ACRED member, MSLS ‘85

11:20 a.m.

An introduction to the UNCAAPI working group

The UNC Asian American and Pacific Islander Working group strives to address the invisibility of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community at UNC Chapel Hill by securing permanent resources and supporting Asian Pacific Islander American students and working with other ethnic and racial minority students in a unified space. We will learn more about this group.

Jennifer Ho, Associate Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Professor with the English and Comparative Literature Department
David Choi, UNCAAPI working group member

11:50 a.m.

World View – Developing Global Educators

World View is a public service program at UNC that equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to engage in our interconnected and diverse world. We will hear about the work this group is doing in some smaller, less funded school districts. The presentation includes school representatives who have benefitted from the UNC program.

Charlé LaMonica, Director of World View
Ray Spain, Superintendent Warren County Schools
Suzanne LaVenture, Director of International Education and Faculty, Spanish Educator, Davidson County Community College

12:15 p.m.

Group photo, lunch and break

1:00 p.m.

A conversation with our Chancellor

We will hear from Chancellor Carol L. Folt who will update us on topics of interest. She will be joined by Rumay Alexander for a question and answer time.

2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee breakout sessions (please submit written reports from your sessions to share with the full group)

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

The Carolina Hall story – an Interactive Tour

In 1922, UNC’s Board of Trustees honored alumnus William Laurence Saunders by naming a new classroom building for him. The board cited his service in the Confederate army; his contributions as a journalist, politician, historian, and fellow trustee; and his leadership of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina during the post-Civil War years of Reconstruction. The trustees withdrew that honor in 2015 and renamed the building Carolina Hall. They did so on grounds that their predecessors had made a grave error in celebrating Saunders as the head of a “violent terrorist organization.”

As we make our way to Carolina Hall, we will visit other significant statues that have been the subject of discussion recently. In case of rain, we will talk with Jim Leloudis in Hyde Hall.

James L. Leloudis, Professor, Associate Dean for Honors, Director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence

4:15 p.m.

Wrap up and refreshments

4:30 p.m.