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The Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services encompasses policy areas related to politics, community service, environmental affairs and alumni relations in the Undergraduate Student Government Executive Branch at UNC. As per the Richards Administration platform, the Department of CE & OS plans to provide more direct opportunities for students to engage in civil discourse, activism, and community service during their time at Carolina. See below for an outline of the Department’s primary goals and projects for this year.


Meet Claire

Claire Hutto (she/her/hers), usgcivicengagement@unc.edu

Claire Hutto serves as the Director of the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services on the Cabinet of the Richards Administration.

Claire is a junior from Hickory, NC double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a minor in History. On campus, she is involved with UNC Young Democrats. She is also a contributing politics & social justice writer for Girls’ Life Magazine. She has been involved in the Executive Branch for the past two years and previously served as a member and chair of the Civic Engagement Committee.
Claire’s goal for the upcoming year is to carry out the goals in the Richards Administration’s platform by promoting civic participation and awareness on campus and fostering productive relationships between campus and community organizations.

 


Assistant Directors & Coordinators

Meet Van

Van Adamson-Thompson, vanwes1@email.unc.edu

Van Adamson-Thompson serves as the Assistant Director of Public Engagement and Community Service as part of the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services for the Richards Administration.

Meet Emily

Emily Salas, emilys13@live.unc.edu

Emily Salas serves as the Voter Registration and Election Coordinator as part of the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services for the Richards Administration.

Meet Charlotte

Charlotte Bell, charbell@live.unc.edu

Charlotte Bell serves as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations as part of the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services for the Richards Administration.

Meet Noah

Noah Upchurch, orange20@live.unc.edu

Noah Upchurch serves as the Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs as part of the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services for the Richards Administration.

Meet Mary-Catherine

Mary-Catherine Gray, m.c.gray@unc.edu

Mary-Catherine Gray serves as the Sustainability Coordinator as part of the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services for the Richards Administration.


Department Initiatives for the Richards Administration

Residence Hall Voter Registration Project – For this project, CE & OS would provide all students living in residence halls with a tangible voter registration form, voting infographic, and instructions for returning their completed forms. This project will ensure that all students have the ability to register at their new address within the first week they are on campus and provides an opportunity for students to get the  information necessary to be civically engaged at UNC.

Lobbying to get Election Day off – Holding classes on Election Day provides a barrier to voting, especially for marginalized students. Election Day should be deemed a designated holiday where classes are replaced with campus-wide voter engagement efforts. The Department of CE & OS will work with the Association of Student Governments (ASG) to lobby the UNC System for Election Day off at UNC-CH and other system schools.

Creating the Carolina Day of Service – CE & OS will partner with the Office of Public Service, the Carolina Service Corps, and our community partners to host a University-wide “Carolina Day of Service” each semester and log it via the online service tracker. This Day of Service will help bridge gaps between social groups, give back to the community, foster friendship, and ease the return to in-person activities. 

Mask Recycling Project – For this project, the Department will implement a university-wide mask recycling program for students to dispose of old masks in a manner that is safe for the environment.

Hosting the Annual Civil Discourse Forum – The Department will work to host the first annual Civil Discourse forum with the School of Government, Institute of Politics, and School of Law in an effort to provide a goal-driven space where thought-leaders, students, and community members can dialogue about issues facing the Carolina community at-large and discuss/debate ways to address these concerns.

Civic Engagement Internship Program – Partner with the UNC Institute of politics to create paid opportunities for students with professional aspirations centering around civic engagement, civil discourse and policy. Aside from this, we will ensure that there are a considerable amount of opportunities available on-campus to engage in civil discourse and local politics both professionally and recreationally.

Hosting an on-campus professional development event with UNC alumni – This project will entail planning and hosting an alumni event for students on campus to actively engage with previous attendees of UNC who are now post-grads in the professional world.