Save the UNC Center for Civil Rights!
Since 2001, the UNC Center for Civil Rights (CCR) has been committed to the advancement of civil rights and social justice in the American South through its work in the areas of education, fair housing, environmental justice, and community inclusion. The UNC Board of Governor’s proposal to prohibit the CCR from engaging in any advocacy or direct representation on behalf of individuals, families or communities engaged in the struggle for equal justice is disturbing. Not only would 200 Centers and Institutes be directly impacted, but it sets a dangerous precedent; such a proposal potentially undermines the ability of UNC to generate research and provide experiential learning opportunities that can inform policy or interventions. The Educational Policy Committee of the Board of Governors should vote against this proposal, or any new version of it, that would stop the CCR’s ability to conduct litigation and legal advocacy, which will result in negative effects for the most marginalized North Carolinians.