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Opening Eyes Can Open Doors

We are grounded in a responsibility to expand access to information for people throughout the world, promoting informed communities and educated citizens.

We are grounded in a responsibility to expand access to information for people throughout the world, promoting informed communities and educated citizens.

We are grounded in a responsibility to expand access to information for people throughout the world, promoting informed communities and educated citizens.

Developed by School of Information and Library Science (SILS) faculty members Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Brian Sturm, the Steinfirst Artist-in-Residency program brings nationally renowned authors and illustrators to school libraries in North Carolina to give students an opportunity for in-depth study. Keeping diversity in mind, we connect students with artists who share similar cultural experiences, allowing students to see themselves. Throughout the week- long workshop, students discover the power and importance of their own voices, developing new passions and perspectives on creativity. For students to get the most out of their school libraries, they first need to feel like they belong in those libraries. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for many youth of color. School librarians often want to make spaces more welcoming and instruction more meaningful for diverse populations, but aren’t sure where to start. Project READY (Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth), led by Sandra Hughes-Hassell and post-doctoral research associate Casey Rawson (MSLS ’11, PhD ’16), is developing a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that will help school librarians, teachers and literacy coaches become more culturally competent educators, so they can better serve students from diverse backgrounds. The curriculum is being piloted in North Carolina schools and will eventually be available nationwide as an online workshop.

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Honoring The Memory Of A Dedicated, Vibrant Librarian

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"Each individual story means something."

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Student Support

Carolina in Silicon Valley

The course connects students with the vast and growing network of successful Carolina alumni in northern California at organizations that include Apple, Google and Cisco, among many others.  

Community

For The Greater Good Of The Order

“This notion that we’re all part of something larger really does imbue the way that we work, and it’s a very special culture that exists here."

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Enabling a healthier society through data

Health care informatics can make a real difference in people's lives...

Community

Fred Roper: Combining his love for UNC academics and athletics into one unique gift

“UNC and SILS gave me a stellar education and opportunities to expand in ways that I hadn’t imagined"