The Carolina College Advising Corps received the 2013 University Diversity Awards recognizing the significant contributions to the enhancement, support and furtherance of diversity at UNC and in the community.
The Corps was one of nine people or groups who received an award, from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, which were presented during an April 16 reception at Wilson Library.
“These advocates for diversity and inclusion are shining examples of how we can transform local, University and professional communities into places that embrace and appreciate differences. We acknowledge and applaud their dedication, commitment and efforts that shape our experience at Carolina,” said Taffye Benson Clayton, vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs and chief diversity officer.Back row left to right: Arianna Timko (Grad Student), Paul Cuadros (Faculty), Lisa Freeman (Staff), Lorie Clark (Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute), Florence Simán (El Pueblo) Front row: Yolanda Keith (CCAC), Katie Savage (Undergrad Student), Tamsin Wolley (School of Social Work Black Student Caucus)
Lisa Freeman, assistant director, Department of Housing and Residential Education. Co-founded department’s Multicultural Competence Committee and created the Multicultural Advisor program, which has expanded to all 17 residential communities. Led the committee to include staff from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the LGBTQ Center.
Paul Cuadros, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Taught APPLES courses that focus on issues of educational access, diversity and inclusion. He is on the Advisory Board and the Operational Board for the Scholar’s Latino Initiative (SLI).
Katie Savage, junior psychology major. Founded Advocates for Carolina, an organization for students with disabilities. Organized a disability awareness campaign despite challenges along the way. Her nominator cited the persistence, passion and love that allowed Savage to move UNC “toward becoming more accessible for all students.”
Arianna Timko, graduate student in rehabilitation counseling and psychology. Developed “Beyond Bullying: How Bystanders Can Prevent Identity-Based and Sexual Harassment” training, which she presented in February to UNC students.
Black Student Caucus, School of Social Work. Hosted events to promote education about racial and social injustices. Raised money and awareness about breast cancer in African-American women, participated in a breast cancer walk, hosted an open house for prospective students and a screening of the documentary “Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes,” and other events.
Carolina College Advising Corps. Provides advisers who help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students at high schools across North Carolina find colleges that will serve them well.
Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. A 1990 Carolina alumnus and member of the Lumbee tribe, Brayboy is director of the Center for Indian Education and co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education.
Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) conducts programs to eliminate racial achievement gaps in Chapel Hill-area high schools. Provides leadership opportunities, service-learning projects and college exposure to high school students, focusing on improved access to the opportunities for minority students.
Florence Simán moved from El Salvador to Chapel Hill in 1980. UNC alumna. Has worked on health-related projects throughout North Carolina. After developing a program to serve area Latino families through Child Care Networks, directed a lay health adviser program at El Pueblo, Inc., where she directs health programs.
Sometimes we take a break from submitting college applications and FAFSAs and get our hands a little dirty! Read about one Adviser’s (and AmeriCorps Member’s) experience serving on MLK Jr. Day.
Recently, Ms. Smith partnered with Ms. Dillon (GEAR UP NC) to take students from Reidsville High School to visit UNC Chapel Hill and NC State. Check out this great video, chronicling their visits!!!
The Carolina College Advising Corps helps low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. By providing well-trained, enthusiastic advisers who are close in age and circumstance to the students they serve, the program aims to increase college-going rates at partner high schools across North Carolina.
The Advising Corps is a “near-peer” model
We recruit advisers who are no more than 25 years of age and are recent graduates of partner colleges/universities. This allows them to more easily develop relationships with students and serve as both peers as well as role models.
The Advising Corps builds a thriving college-going culture
Our advisers work in partnership with teachers, counselors and administrators, as an additional staff member whose focus is singularly on improving the school’s college-going culture and ensuring that students apply to and enroll in colleges where they will succeed.
The Advising Corps uses a ‘best-fit’ and ‘best-match’ approach
Advisers focus on helping students to identify and apply to post-secondary programs that will best serve them both academically and socially, thus increasing the likelihood that these students will persist to earn their degrees.
The Advising Corps increases college enrollment
Initial evaluation of the Advising Corps, conducted by researchers at Stanford University, found that on average, schools served by the Corps see an 8-12% percentage point increase in college-going rates versus control schools in the area.