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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for October 11, 2017

Employee Appreciation Day set for Friday, Oct. 20

Plan to join your colleagues for 2017 Employee Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 20.

The following activities are planned in the Pit and the Student Union:

  • Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • UNC Department Fair in the Great Hall of the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
  • Live musical performances in the Pit from noon to
    2 p.m.;
  • Walk-in flu shot clinic in the Student Union, room 2518; and
  • Interactive playgrounds that start at 10 a.m.

Employee Appreciation Day is a work-time event with advance approval from your supervisor. In case of rain, outdoor events will be moved to the Underground Lounge in the Student Union.

Event sponsors are the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement; the Student Union; UNC Student Stores; and Pepsi.  

New global social work center launches Oct. 11

The School of Social Work has created a new research center that aspires to improve the lives of marginalized populations around the world.

Founded and directed by social work associate professor Gina Chowa, Global Social Development Innovations brings together a team of interdisciplinary  scholars focused on social change in communities with limited economic, social and health resources.

“We want to bring about social change,” Chowa said. “Our mission is to collaborate and build capacity for our partners and for scholars so that we’re improving opportunities for rolling out services, based on evidence, to ultra-poor people who need them.”

Dean Gary L. Bowen said the center, which launches Oct. 11, supports the University’s goal to strengthen the well-being of marginalized and vulnerable populations around the world.

“The vision and cutting-edge work of this center demonstrates Carolina’s leadership as a global public research university and its commitment to impacting lives in North Carolina and beyond,” Bowen said. 

Chacón begins service as diplomat in residence

In September, Arnold A. Chacón began service as the diplomat in residence for the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. A member of the career Senior Foreign Service, Chacón most recently served as director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources at the U.S. Department of State.

Chacón will be jointly hosted by Carolina and Duke University.

“We’re excited to welcome Ambassador Chacón,” said Ron Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer for Carolina. “These are challenging times in international relations and for the Foreign Service, and our students will benefit from his vast experience in regions around
the world.”

In addition to having an office at the FedEx Global Education Center, Chacón will be living as a scholar in residence in Winston Residence Hall.

Chacón’s residence will enable him to meet with students, coffee-house style, to talk about global issues and the foreign service.

The diplomats in residence are career foreign service officers who are located throughout the United States and are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community in general about careers and opportunities in the Department of State.

Diplomats in residence are available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in foreign and civil service careers, internships and fellowships. During their tenure, they visit with students at universities, colleges and community colleges in their region.

In his previous role, Chacón led a team of 800 civil and foreign service employees who carry out the full range of human resources activities essential to recruiting, retaining and sustaining the Department of State’s 75,000-strong workforce.

Chacón has served in a number of leadership positions in Latin America and Europe, including U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala from 2011 to 2014 and deputy chief of mission in Madrid.