Collection Number: 40366-z

Collection Title: UNITAS (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Records, 1987-1997

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Abstract Founded in 1987, UNITAS is one of several living-learning communities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that connect classroom learning with residence life. UNITAS has focused on building community, tolerance, and understanding among individuals of diverse backgrounds and spreading these values throughout the larger community. Its original purpose was to ease tension in black/white relations, but it has also worked to challenge stereotypes and prejudice based on identities such as gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. As of 2012, UNITAS was jointly sponsored and supported by the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Housing and Residential Education, and the APPLES Service-Learning Program, with students required to take two three-hour courses in the Department of Anthropology and to participate in a service project during their spring semester. Records include a 1987 insert from The Daily Tar Heel describing UNITAS, a photograph of charter members with identifying information, and a copy of a 1997 UNITAS newsletter.
Creator UNITAS (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the UNITAS (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Records #40366-z, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Jennifer Manning, July 2011 (RT20111017.1). The 1997 newsletter was transferred from the North Carolina Collection in August 2011.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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UNITAS is one of several living-learning communities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that connect classroom learning with residence life, placing students in a residence hall on campus among a group that shares academic goals and interests. It was founded in 1987 through a Student Government initiative. Its original purpose was to ease tension in black/white relations, but it has also worked to challenge stereotypes and prejudice based on identities such as gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.

UNITAS has focused on building community, tolerance, and understanding among individuals of diverse backgrounds and spreading these values throughout the larger community. To further this goal, UNITAS members have been assigned roommates in the Carmichael Residence Hall based on sociocultural differences rather than similarities. As of 2012, the UNITAS community was led by a Student Coordinator and a Leadership Team made up of new and returning residents. This student leadership oversaw all residential aspects of the learning community, including coordination of educational, service, social, and advocacy-related activities.

As of 2012, UNITAS was jointly sponsored and supported by the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Housing and Residential Education, and the APPLES Service-Learning Program, with students required to take two three-hour courses in the Department of Anthropology and to participate in a service project during their spring semester.

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Records include a 1987 insert from The Daily Tar Heel describing UNITAS, a photograph of charter members with identifying information, and a copy of a 1997 UNITAS newsletter.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sara Mannheimer, September 2012

Encoded by: Sara Mannheimer, September 2012

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