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University Gazette

April 10, 2019

Unsung Founders monument vandalized, suspects banned from campus

At approximately 1:30 a.m. March 31, two individuals defaced the Unsung Founders Memorial on McCorkle Place with urine and racist language written in permanent marker, according to UNC Police. The police contacted the facilities department, and workers cleaned the memorial. An installation outside Hanes Art Center was also vandalized with racial slurs. 

The suspects have since been identified by police and trespassed from the Carolina campus, Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said at a news conference April 4. One of the individuals is known to be affiliated with the Heirs to the Confederacy, a group that has protested the removal of the Confederate Monument known as Silent Sam. 

“These events challenge not only our most fundamental community values, but also the safety of our campus,” Guskiewicz wrote in a campus email the day of the
incident. “Lawless behavior will not be tolerated, and those found responsible will be held accountable for their actions.”

Alexander steps down as diversity officer, resumes faculty appointment

G. Rumay Alexander will step down from her position as chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor at the end of this academic year. Alexander will resume her faculty appointment in the School of Nursing and continue her role as president of the National League for Nursing, the premier and oldest organization for nurse educators, representing 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.

Gretchen Bellamy, senior director for education and outreach, will serve as the primary contact for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Vice Chancellor Felicia Washington will oversee the office as part of her over-all responsibilities. 

“We are grateful for Rumay’s work in leading the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and wish her the best in these nursing-related endeavors,” wrote Robert A. Blouin, executive vice chancellor and provost, and Felicia A. Washington, vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, in an April 4 campus email. “As we celebrate Rumay’s accomplishments and wish her well in her transition, we will also take the time to evaluate our diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and engage our community in assessing how to best position the University and D&I to meet future needs. Fostering a diverse and inclusive community is paramount to ensuring that all members of our community are able to do their best work in support of our core mission of teaching, learning and research.”

Since 2015, Alexander has served as special assistant to the chancellor, interim chief diversity officer and, most recently, chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor.

The University will conduct a national search to fill this position.

Carolina ranked one of Peace Corps’ largest sources of volunteers

Carolina ranks fifth among large-size schools (more than 15,000 undergraduates) on the Peace Corps’ 2019 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, tied with Ohio State University and the University of Washington. This is the 10th year Carolina has ranked among the top 20 large-size schools.

Sixty-two Carolina students are currently volunteering in countries around the world. More than 1,340 Tar Heel alumni have served with Peace Corps since the organization’s founding in 1961.

“The Peace Corps provides an outstanding opportunity for Carolina graduates to enlarge their commitment to public service and to work in partnership with others around the world,” said Raymond Farrow, associate provost for global affairs and interim chief global officer. “Peace Corps volunteers help the communities they serve address important and serious challenges and often build on these formative international experiences in their future personal and professional endeavors. As a leading global public research university, UNC-Chapel Hill is proud of its distinguished record of producing Peace Corps volunteers.”

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. For more information about Peace Corps, visit

Pollock receives 2019 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

At an April 1 ceremony, communication professor Della Pollock, to the right of Carolina Center for Public Service Director Lynn Blanchard, received the 2019 Ned Brooks Award for Public Service to honor her distinguished and sustained record of service to Carolina and the larger community. For more than a decade, Pollock’s service-learning courses have connected students with community partners and often resulted in continued engagement long after the coursework is done. Pollock also serves as the founding executive director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, a nonprofit with the mission to honor, renew and build community in the historic Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods of Chapel Hill. For a complete list of 2019 public service award winners, visit







Since 2015, G. Rumay Alexander has served as special assistant to the chancellor, interim chief diversity officer and, most recently, chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor. She will step down as chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor at the end of this academic year and resume her faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.