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Whole Education

We apply a holistic way of thinking to education, addressing the physical, economic, social and environmental circumstances of each student in their unique context. Our systemic approach ultimately works within and transforms schools and the broader educational landscape. Breaking down barriers lifts up all learners. When you contribute to education, we can lead students to success.

UNC School of Education

    Educating the Whole

    Students bring along their cultural funds, life histories, and unique persons and aspirations. Their schools function within communities, which are embedded within socioeconomic and political systems and realities. Understanding and working with learners at the intersection of these multiple and complex spaces is crucial to provide a platform for realizing equity and excellence for all learners. This holistic approach to education is characteristically Carolina.

    As a family therapist, Steve Knotek worked with emotionally troubled children and inner-city adolescents. Now, he brings that experience to his collaborations with professionals and parents who share the same goal of helping students of color achieve success. This informs his current project, “Self Care,” which works with campus residence halls to create developmentally positive environments for underserved, first-generation students of color.

    Dana Thompson Dorsey has embraced this approach while studying law, policy and race theory in education. Her research examines the impact on educational equity, access and opportunity for students of color and other marginalized groups, with a focus on school segregation, affirmative action, and racial and rural identity issues. Her aim: ensure that every student can reach their goals without limitations.


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