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Welcome to Carolina!

Dear Carolina Families,

As this year’s National Chairs of the Carolina Parents Council, we would like to welcome you to Carolina. Chapel Hill is an amazing community and University. Our daughter, Alexis, is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Carolina is helping prepare her for our changing world with an incredible education and experience. UNC-Chapel Hill gives students top-notch, nationally recognized and high-quality academic, cultural, social, and athletic experiences in an environment where faculty and staff are dedicated to student achievement, enrichment, and success.

The Parents Council is the volunteer leadership group representing the Carolina family voice. The Parents Council works closely with New Student & Family Programs to volunteer at New Student & Family Orientation and Carolina Family Weekend. The Parents Council also provides a family perspective on a broad spectrum of campus issues involving academics and student life. Many of our members are afforded opportunities to interact and dialogue with faculty and students regarding current matters impacting the Carolina community. These matters include student safety & wellness, student life, and undergraduate academics.

The Parents Council also awards yearly grants to student organizations, UNC offices and academic departments. Over the years, our grants have helped provide funds for programs, such as The Helping Hand Project, FallFest, Hauling Heels, Safewalk, Carolina Latinx Collaborative and others, as well as student research and publications. Since 1985, the Parents Council has given over 1.8 million dollars to fund such initiatives at Carolina. We encourage you to find ways to get involved, and we invite you to join the Parents Council. You will find your family enriched by this experience.

Supporting students in the Carolina community is our main goal. When we work together, we continue to make UNC-Chapel Hill the extraordinary place that it is. Please let us know if we can do anything to assist you. If you would like more information about the Carolina Parents Council, including how to join, please visit families.unc.edu.

Go Heels!

Gerald & Fay Cobb Payton

National Chairs, Carolina Parents Council 2019-2020