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Black Student Caucus wins UNC Diversity Award

The UNC School of Social Work’s Black Student Caucus received a 2013 University Diversity Awards recognizing their significant contributions to the enhancement, support and furtherance of diversity on the Carolina campus and in the community. The Caucus won in the Student Organization category.

“While one Carolina student has the power to change the world, imagine what can be achieved by a group of Carolina students,” said Marco J. Barker, Ph.D., senior director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. “There are many organizations, both undergraduate and graduate, that are doing exceptional work and who have a commitment to diversity. We applaud all those nominated and are glad to recognize one of those organizations, the Black Student Caucus in the School of Social Work.”

The Black Student Caucus has demonstrated and sustained commitment to the advancement of cultural diversity at UNC and the community by hosting caucus events like film screenings, visits to historic civil rights museums, fundraising for non-profit organizations, appreciation lunches for African American faculty and staff, and providing students with information about African American pioneers in social work. All of these events have contributed to a greater understanding of the importance of cultural diversity and self-knowledge among students, faculty, and staff at the School of Social Work.

This year, members of the student-run organization helped raise money and awareness about breast cancer in African-American women, participated in a breast cancer walk in Durham, hosted an open house for prospective students and a screening of the documentary “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes,” and invited UNC’s first African-American professor, Hortense McClinton, to speak.

Final-year MSW student Tamsin Woolley chaired the Caucus this year.

The awards, sponsored by UNC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, were presented during an April 16 reception at the Wilson Library.