Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity323 W. Barbee Chapel RoadCampus Box #3382Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3382919.445.0196 (Phone)919.843.6748 (Fax)email@example.com
As many of you
know, the UNC Board of Governors moved to close the
privately-funded Poverty Center. The
Board abolished an academic center because it disagreed with the published
writings of the Center’s director.
Board announced its intentions, an array of foundations and private donors stepped forward to assure that the work
of the Center, if not the Center itself, will be able to continue at the
University of North Carolina. Generous grants and donations will allow us to
create the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund at the UNC Law School. This
Fund will assure that our efforts to describe, document and combat the
wrenching challenges of Tar Heel poverty continue and expand.
The Fund will
allow us to hire student, faculty and post-doctorate scholars to assist me in
probing the causes of, and solutions to, pervasive economic injustice. We will
carry forward the work of the Center within the halls of the University with
greater flexibility and increased resources.
If you would like
to contribute to the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund, gifts can be made
online or by mail. For online contributions, visit http://www.law.unc.edu/alumni/support/gift/ and click the "Give Now" button. Choose the "NC Poverty Research
Fund" from the drop-down box. For gifts by mail, please visit the same link
for instructions and mailing address.
I have no words
to match the gratitude I feel for the astonishing support the Poverty Center
has received from thousands across North Carolina and the nation. Students,
faculty, alumni, engaged citizens, activists, social services providers,
political, religious and institutional leaders and, perhaps most movingly, Tar
Heels living at or below the edge of poverty have raised their voices and
banners in protest. Whether pressing for research on economic justice, or more
broadly for university-defining traditions of academic freedom, your words and
actions have seared our hearts and, not infrequently, moistened our eyes. They
are not to be forgotten.
Gene Nichol, Director, Center on Poverty,
Work & Opportunity
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