A Bridge to Success, across Generations

Summer Bridge helped a pediatrician get a solid start at Carolina.

Leon Livingston.

Summer Bridge helped a pediatrician get a solid start at Carolina.

Leon Livingston ’91 credits the UNC Summer Bridge program for giving him a support system in college and helping him jumpstart his academic career. 

Summer Bridge is a six-week intensive program designed to help incoming first-year students from underrepresented communities adjust to college life away from home and begin coursework at Carolina. The program provided Livingston with the opportunity to begin exploring his passion for medicine at Carolina and stimulated his journey to medical school and his career as a pediatrician. Years later, Livingston continues to give back to his alma mater, supporting the Summer Bridge program and other entities at Carolina, such as the College’s Arts and Sciences Foundation.

“If I hadn’t gone to Summer Bridge, I wouldn’t have succeeded like I did at Carolina,” said Livingston. “I want to make sure that program is available to others so they can also succeed.”

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