The Black Alumni Reunion, the largest GAA-sponsored affinity group, has received a University award for the group’s efforts to support diversity.
UNC’s unit of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs presented the Black Alumni Reunion with a University Diversity Award in the Community Member/Organization category at a Wilson Library ceremony April 4. The Rev. Ryan Spurrier, campus minister for the Wesley Campus Ministry, also received a Community Member/Organization award.
The University’s highest recognition for diversity efforts, the awards recognize individuals or organizations across eight categories for exemplary service or scholarship in promoting diversity, equity, social justice, community engagement or cultural awareness at the University and among alumni and the larger community. This is the ninth year of the awards.
The awards consider recipients’ efforts to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups and/or social justice; demonstrate a sustained commitment to the advancement of cultural diversity and inclusion at UNC or in the community; implement or sponsor an event that cultivates diversity and inclusion; and demonstrate respect or inclusive treatment when interacting with others.
The Black Alumni Reunion’s Light on the Hill Society Scholarship serves as a tribute to Carolina’s early African-American graduates of the 1950s who integrated the University and as a vehicle to support current African-American undergraduates. Since 2005, Carolina alumni and friends have made tax-deductible gifts to the fund, ranging from a few dollars to several thousand, the largest being $350,000 from NFL star Julius Peppers ’02. To date, the program has awarded 55 scholarships: 43 Light on the Hill Society Scholars and 12 Julius Peppers Scholars.
Among BAR’s other programs are its annual awards to recognize outstanding African-American alumni, faculty and a senior student, given during the annual reunion weekend that coincides with Homecoming.
Among other University Diversity Award recipients were: