Community Building Programs are just a few creative initiatives to address the needs of communities to effectively help them navigate successfully at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
- Sister Talk: Designed to increase a sense of belonging, as well as, to give women of color, specifically, Black identified women, the space, tools and resources to successfully navigate UNC-Chapel Hill. Sister Talk promotes and enhances self-efficacy, self-awareness, and self-advocacy, among other protective factors for Black women at UNC.
- Sister Talk After Dark (S.T.A.D.): Graduate and professional students experience a different academic dynamic, essentially because they are more isolated and operate on a more individualistic paradigm. This group aims to increase a sense of belonging and resiliency.
- P.E.A.C.E. (Processing Emotions And Communicating Effectively): This affinity group was born out of a need for students’ feelings, voices and stories to be shared while identifying mental health resources in a safe, non-judgmental setting.
- R.E.A.L. Talk (Resiliency, Education, And Leadership): Provides a space for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous People of Color) and male-identified individuals on UNC’s campus to engage and develop their sense of belonging, personal agency, and growth mindset.