Blog Archive: February 2015

Statement from Faculty and Staff at the University of North Carolina: Centers housed at UNC Law

Professor Tamar Birckhead, Director of UNC Clinical Programs, coordinated the following Statement from UNC System Faculty and Staff in response to the recommendation by a working group of the UNC Board of Governors to close the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity, and narrow the activities of the Center for Civil Rights.

*The UNC Board of Governors voted unanimously on February 27, 2015, to close the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC-CH as well as the Institute for Civil Engagement and Social Change at NCCU, and the ECU Center on Biodiversity. For more information on current developments related to the actions and decisions of the Board of Governors, please visit the United for UNC website and Facebook page. Thank you.*


We, the undersigned members of the Faculty and Staff of the University of North Carolina, write in opposition to the recent recommendation of a working group of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to close the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity, and we stand in support of the advocacy work of the Center for Civil Rights in the face of a pending suggestion that it narrow its activities. Both of these centers are housed at the UNC School of Law. The recommendation to close the Poverty Center, if implemented, will deprive North Carolinians of critical research and education on poverty; chill academic freedom and inquiry; and hurt our law students who desperately need and greatly benefit from the real-world experience that interning there provides. Moreover, the proposal by some members of the BOG working group that the Center for Civil Rights be prohibited from suing the state or its political subdivisions – the usual defendants in civil rights suits – would fundamentally curtail its important work on behalf of marginalized groups. We urge the Board of Governors not to accept the working group’s recommendations regarding these Centers.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Fri. February 20, 2015 7:57 PM
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