Carolina United provides a safe and accepting environment for UNC students to explore diversity within and between themselves. This environment is intended to foster collaborative dialogue that unites participants across their differences. Carolina United hopes to serve as a catalyst for greater recognition and celebration of this unity on UNC’s campus and in humanity.
Carolina United, as a program ascribing to this broad definition of diversity and leadership, brings together students from all walks of life and types of campus involvement. Carolina United looks for passionate students who want to challenge themselves as individuals in an environment of perpetual growth and dynamic interpersonal exploration.
Throughout the week students attend sessions on topics such as Affirmative Action, Interfaith Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and more. Students also learn how to create and implement programs that will continue the mission of Carolina United once they get back to campus. Interspersed between the sessions are small group meetings in which students have time to break into their discussion groups to go deeper into the issues and share their experiences.
Carolina United seeks passionate students to apply for the participant group. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors looking to challenge themselves and pursue growth through dynamic dialogue are encouraged to apply. Carolina United takes place a week and a half before the first day of classes in the fall semester and is free for UNC students.
Q: Is it overnight? Where are we going? Where do we sleep?
A: This experience is 4-day and 3-night. It will be located at an off-site location. All students will be staying on bunk beds in air conditioned cabins. There's no actual "camping" going on.
Q: When do I move in to my dorm?
A: All participants will get the chance to move into their residence halls before CU. We ask for your PID name; they will be sent to Housing to ensure that you can check into your room before CU.
Q: What do we do?
A: Each day will be comprised of themed sessions that will consist of a large group activity or discussion. Each session will be followed with other small group activities or discussions. Themes will not be released to participants prior to the conference so that participants may enter with a clean slate, allowing them to engage fully with the presentation at the time it's given.
Q: Do I need to provide my own food and snacks?
A: Nope! Food and lodging are provided, but we ask that you bring your own snacks.
Q: What about transportation?
A: Student Life & Leadership provides transportation.
Q: Do the dates of Carolina United interfere with those of band camp?
A: Unfortunately, the dates do conflict with UNC Band Camp. Band students should talk to the band director to see if it is a conflict that can be worked around.
Q: Do the dates of Carolina United interfere with those of Carolina Kickoff?
A: Unfortunately, the dates do conflict with Kickoff. It is not possible for students to participate in both programs.
Q: Do the dates of Carolina United interfere with those of RA training?
A: Unfortunately, the dates do conflict with RA training. Speak with your training director to see if it is a conflict that can be worked around.