A message from the Chancellor: A special HBCU football weekend

Dear Caroline Community,

I became an exercise and sport scientist for the intellectual challenge, the chance to make a difference in the lives of athletes and their families – and because I love sport. I love excitement, competition and teamwork. And I love how Teams unites people from all walks of life, creating moments of joy, sorrow, and connection shared by thousands, if not millions, of people at once.

We’ll see many of those moments at Kenan Stadium tomorrow night when the Tar Heels host the Florida A&M Rattlers. Generations of people with deep ties to Carolina, many friends visiting campus for the first time, and visiting team family and fans remind us all that we are part of a community of much wider higher education.

Florida A&M is the fourth largest historically black university in the nation. It is a land-grant university, founded in 1887 as part of a wave of new industrial and agricultural schools that expanded college access in the United States and helped create the model of public-oriented research universities that drive American excellence in higher education to this day. .

Partnerships with HBCUs reinforce our commitment to access and increase our impact. For example, we partner with North Carolina A&T, the nation’s largest HBCU, and our UNC System campus, on research projects that challenge the status quo, spark our curiosity, and build our collective future. Faculty and students from both of our schools work together to address issues facing citizens of North Carolina and beyond.

This weekend, we will celebrate the role HBCUs play in shaping American higher education. Today, I enjoy spending time with the chancellors of our UNC system HBCUs to share career advice with our students. Even if you’re not coming to Saturday’s game, I hope you’ll stop by Tar Heel Town’s pre-game celebration on Polk Place and enjoy some of the food trucks. The Marching Tar Heels and FAMU’s Marching 100 will perform there as well as at halftime.

I’ll be there, cheering, making new friends, and feeling grateful for all that Carolina does to bring people together.


Kevin M. Guskiewicz

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