Committee Description

The Martin Administration will improve the experience of the first-years on campus by engaging with various policy initiatives and hosting events. The First-Year Focus Council seeks to engage with first-years directly to ensure that their very first experience at Carolina is memorable. In order to do this the Administration understands that certain barriers must be removed and the First-Year Focus Council ultimately hopes to simplify certain processes that first-years must undertake, and provide opportunities specifically for its constituents.

Committee Goals for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Better integrate transfer students into the First Year Experience
  • Execute programming to bolster first year experiences
  • Engage with first years to develop policies that improve the transition from high school to college
  • Provide first years with the opportunity to establish community

Meet Kennedy.

Kennedy Byrd, kenbyrd@live.unc.edu

Kennedy Byrd serves as First-Year Focus Council Co-Chair for the Undergraduate Executive Branch.

She is a sophomore pursuing a major in Media and Journalism on the broadcast journalism track. In addition, she is one of the Communication Coordinators for the Black Student Movement. Along with Student Government, she works with Go Heels! Production and has a passion for dance. She served on student government for the 2018-2019 school year as a member of the First-Year Focus Council before becoming First-Year Focus Council Co-Chair this year with Emily Teems.

 

Meet Emily.

Emily Teems, eteems@live.unc.edu

Emily serves as First-Year Focus Council Co-Chair for the Undergraduate Executive Branch.

Emily is a sophomore originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and studies Political Science with a minor in Social and Economic Justice on the Pre-Law track. Outside of Student Government, she is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and is a leader for YoungLife, a Christian ministry on campus. She is excited to be serving as  First-Year Focus Council Co-Chair this year with Kennedy Byrd.

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