Tag Archives: Margaret Spellings

We Will Defend Civil Rights

We Will Defend Civil Rights

In post-Charlottesville U.S.A., everyday is a fight for civil rights. University of North Carolina System students and faculty realize this acutely, as the ongoing battle to remove the Confederate statue of Silent Sam illustrates. It appears that UNC cares more about protecting a racist statue than it does defending civil rights. This is the time for visionary leadership and action. We look to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to avoid undue political influence and protect stud ...

Faculty for Civil Rights

Faculty for Civil Rights

Faculty Forward Network members expressed their concerns to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors regarding a board policy proposal that would bar the UNC–Chapel Hill School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights from providing legal representation to people in need. In particular, this policy would limit the preparation of law students to practice civil rights law. An attack on UNC’s Center for Civil Rights will hurt the students and people the center serves, but it bears national signi ...

Compartmentalizing Dissent: Transparency, Austerity and the Soul of UNC

Compartmentalizing Dissent: Transparency, Austerity and the Soul of UNC

In North Carolina, the struggle for higher education has taken the form of protest against the appointment of Margaret Spellings to the position of University of North Carolina (UNC) president. For months, student protestors attended Board of Governors (BOG) meetings to show their absolute displeasure at the opacity of governance within their university system. Faculty have also voiced their concerns, especially with Spellings’ lack of qualifications for her new role. In an effort to quiet the d ...

To Lead or Not to Lead: Spellings' Hesitation is Questionable

To Lead or Not to Lead: Spellings’ Hesitation is Questionable

Newly appointed University of North Carolina (UNC) System President Margaret Spellings has sided with what may fairly be described as an absurd and discriminatory state law, North Carolina House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), rather than take a stand for transgender students, which negatively affects the entire campus community. Spellings’ lack of leadership is apparent when compared with Duke University President Richard Brodhead’s decisive leadership that calls for a full repeal of H.B. 2. Brodhead did not ...

Spellings' First Day

Spellings’ First Day

As Margaret Spellings walked onto the UNC campus, hundreds walked out and rallied to demand accountability. We have the momentum to keep up the pressure this week. Students and faculty are traveling to Fayetteville for the next Board of Governors meeting at 8am March 4th. Can you join us? RSVP here to let us know! The Board of Governors fast-tracked the appointment of Margaret Spellings to be the next UNC President  to oversee 17 schools across the state. Given Spellings’ connectio ...

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