We are The Coalition for Carolina.
A nonpartisan group of concerned alumni, faculty, staff, students, and allies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We have come together to support and defend the University of the People and its independence from partisan interference. We are rededicating ourselves to the University’s promise of Lux Libertas—light and liberty—and the principles of open inquiry, free speech, equity and inclusion. We urge you to join us in our very important mission: To protect the State of North Carolina’s most valuable asset: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Join Us
Why do we need a Coalition for Carolina?
Things are not right in Blue Heaven. There. We said it. If we can’t be honest with ourselves, how can we be honest with anyone? Sure, we’re still the envy of the nation—one of the very best public universities. We are still proudly the University of the People. We’re a world-class research university. We’re the key economic driver for the state. But this shining Light on the Hill is no longer leading itself. It’s being led, or should we say controlled, by a group of partisan politicians who have overtaken our institutions’ governing bodies. A group that claims to have Carolina’s best interests at heart. But do they? Their recent actions scream, “No!” while shunning the principles of transparency and shared governance that this university was built on. How can we continue to be a beacon of academic excellence, when we are not even in charge of the decisions that take place on our own campus?
Recently, there have been a series of embarrassing episodes—the bungling of Silent Sam; the Fall 2020 Covid debacle of opening then closing the campus; still no vaccine mandate as the Delta variant surges; and the utter disregard for faculty tenure determinations. Decisions that shape the future of Carolina should be made in Chapel Hill. Instead, they are being made covertly and controlled 28 miles away. In a place called Raleigh. We all love Carolina, which is why we need you to JOIN US. If there are enough of us in this coalition, we can make a difference. We need to do everything in our power to return autonomy to Chapel Hill and to ensure that our kids have the same experience that we did at UNC.