|Chancellor to mark launch of Latina/o collaborative|
|Friday, March 26, 2010|
A new Carolina Latina/o Collaborative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will explore how the campus can become more inclusive of Latina/o communities and cultures.
Composed of administrators, faculty, students and community members, the collaborative will seek out ways for UNC to interact more with Latina/o experiences and affairs. It also will facilitate events that do the same and seek to foster initiatives in scholarship, education and community engagement.
Members of the University and local communities are invited to celebrate the collaborative’s launch in a free public ceremony at 1 p.m. April 10 in Craige North Residence Hall off Manning Drive. Chancellor Holden Thorp and others will speak about the collaborative’s purpose. Music and dance also will be part of the program, and art will be on display.
Former Provost Bernadette Gray-Little commissioned the collaborative last spring after it was recommended by an Emerging Campus Communities Task Force, which was led by Associate Executive Provost Ron Strauss.
Already, the collaborative has exhibited artwork and, with UNC's Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series and Teatro Latino Series, brought artists, photographers, writers, playwrights and poets to campus, said John Ribó, a graduate assistant in UNC’s program in Latina/o studies.
The collaborative will facilitate efforts among campus and community initiatives and provide a space for programming without duplicating, altering or subsuming existing services, he said.
Archie Ervin, Ph.D., Carolina’s associate provost for diversity and multicultural affairs, and Christopher Payne, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for student affairs, will chair the collaborative’s executive committee.
Also helping to steer the collaborative will be Josmell Pérez, multicultural programs coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Salvador Mena, an assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs, who will chair its working group. The group is charged with reporting at the end of this semester to Provost Bruce Carney, documenting progress on making the collaborative a focal point for Latina/o activities.
A condensed version of the news release in Spanish follows:
Lanzamiento y celebración del Carolina Latina/o Collaborative
El Rector Holden Thorp de la Universidad de Carolina del Norte en Chapel Hill invita a la comunidad Universitaria al lanzamiento y celebración del Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, el sábado, 10 de abril a la una (1 p.m.) de la tarde en Craige-North Residence Hall.
Diversity and Mulicultural Affairs contact: Miki Kersgard, (919) 843-6085,