The Campus Y has been the center for social justice at UNC-Chapel Hill for a century and a half. Indeed, since its establishment in 1860, the Y has grown into UNC’s largest and most vibrant student organization, with an estimated 2,000 student volunteers each year. The Y houses 30 student social justice organizations that focus on particular social and environmental justice issues in the areas of Community Inclusion, Education and Youth Development, Public Health, Global Issues, and Advocacy. With its unique leadership structure—students and staff working in tandem—the Y has provided leadership and professional skills development to thousands of Carolina students and alumni and shaped the character of the campus for generations.



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A Drink for Tomorrow

A Drink For Tomorrow (ADFT) combats the global water crisis through awareness and direct action. At ADFT, we believe that access to clean, safe drinking water is a basic human right. Our public health projects are designed to provide a long-term, effective and community-driven outcome. At home we approach water from an interdisciplinary perspective, understanding that water touches every area of life like no other topic. We see water as a vital yet fragile resource–one that is inextricably linked to economic growth, political stability, and social equity around the world. It is our goal as an organization to creatively raise … Continued

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Advocates for Carolina

We hope to inspire our peers and community members so that they may realize that our differences make us the same, and the challenges we face make us stronger. In the fall of 2012, four students — three of whom had experienced amputations — came together to form what would become UNC’s first organization for students who have a passion for disability advocacy work. Whether we know someone with a disability or have ever been impacted by one ourselves, disability means something different to all of us – For some, it is a part of their identity. For others, it … Continued



Advocates for Grassroots Development in Uganda (AGRADU) is a UNC student initiative aiming to support indigenous grassroots efforts at community building and economic development in Uganda. AGRADU helps to educate and to raise awareness about international development from a grassroots standpoint by giving students the opportunity to participate directly in such efforts! Through building and sustaining a relationship between Ugandan community-based organizations (CBOs) and UNC – Chapel Hill, AGRADU offers support with skills and resources via student interns and serves as a liaison for external funding and networking. The experiences of student interns will help to elevate the consciousness of … Continued

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Art & Life

Art&Life envisions a world where visual art and art historical skills are accessible to a diversity of middle and high school youth in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. This program strives to eliminate the idea that museums and art are only a part of high culture and challenges students to think critically in an unfamiliar discipline. Specifically, Art&Life is an afterschool education program fully planned and taught by UNC students that empowers youth by challenging them to assess their own identities through art history education of western and non-western cultures. Students cultivate writing, public speaking, and analytical skills that promote creativity … Continued

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Best Buddies

Best Buddies pairs UNC students with members of the Chapel Hill community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Best Buddies mission is to facilitate and create lasting friendships between the college buddies and the community buddies, through regular group events (talent shows, UNC sporting events, movie screenings, etc.), but also through one-to-one meetings outside of large group events. Best Buddies recruits throughout the year on campus and is always looking for new college and associate buddies! College buddies  are actively matched with one of the 80 or so community buddies who take part in UNC Best Buddies; each pairing is based … Continued


Big Buddy

An affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Buddy pairs UNC students with “at risk” children ages 6-14 in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community to form one-on-one mentor relationships.  Each mentor acts as a friend and role model to a child in need of one, with the hope that the experience has positive and lasting impact on the lives of both the “big” and “little” alike. In 2003, UNC’s Big Buddy partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the country. We now work directly with the regional Big Brothers Big Sisters branch, Big Brothers … Continued

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Build the Hill

Build The Hill’s (formerly known as Carolina Microfinance Initiative) mission is to alleviate poverty by promoting sustainable small business growth in Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle area. We provide lending and credit building services to financially disenfranchised local business owners and entrepreneurs who are unable to access traditional banks. Additionally, we strive to continually improve our services by keeping abreast of practical developments and innovations in the microfinance industry. Through building long-term relationships with our clients, our volunteers gain practical skills in professional networking and small business administration, while also gaining expertise in navigating the legal structures surrounding microfinance. … Continued


Carolina Advocating for Gender Equality (CAGE)

The idea behind Carolina Advocating for Gender Equality (CAGE) is to change the culture surrounding gender so we can stop gender bias from happening in the first place. We will work closely with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center by sending volunteers for the ‘Start Strong’ program, which works to educate middle and high school students on sexual violence and equality.  We will also work to bring gender equality to the forefront of discussion in the Carolina community and we especially want to engage male voices in the discussion on gender issues, as we strongly believe this will foster an environment of … Continued

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Carolina for Amani

Carolina for Amani is Chapel Hill’s branch of The Amani Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to build bridges between Kenyan and American communities, specifically by sponsoring The New Life Home Orphanages.  Amani Children’s Foundation is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and was founded in 2004. Through their partnership with the New Life Homes, Amani helps care for orphaned and HIV-positive children in six different locations across Kenya. Amani is the Swahili word for peace, as they seek to bring peace and a positive living and learning environment for the more than 2.2 million orphans in … Continued


Carolina Hunger and Education and Activism Project

The Carolina Hunger Education and Activism Project (C.H.E.A.P.) is committed to combating both local and global hunger by engaging students in education, activism and awareness. What We Do: C.H.E.A.P gives students the opportunity to learn about the many faces of hunger through campus and community events and works to expose others to the necessity and affordability of ending world hunger within our lifetime. As a large part of these efforts, every year we package meals that are distributed in areas of need throughout the globe with our international partner organization, Stop Hunger Now. We also organize hunger-focused skills trainings for … Continued


Carolina Kickoff

For over sixty-five years, the Campus Y has sponsored Carolina Kickoff (CK) as an informal introduction to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 175 incoming first-year students. Each year, 40 counselors endeavor to paint a total picture of campus life in just three days, introducing students to social justice and student life at Carolina. University officials such as the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor Crisp, and representatives from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs offer advice on how to best take advantage of the school’s resources and new initiatives. We invite professors from a range of departments, as well as … Continued


Catalyst Conference

The annual Catalyst Conference brings a selected group of 100 high school students from across North Carolina to UNC-CH for a weekend-long exploration of social issues affecting American youth. Want to participate in Catalyst 2015? Click here to apply! In light of the problems that have become increasingly prevalent among today’s youth, we feel that Catalyst Conference serves a vital need. By gathering North Carolina’s emerging leaders to discuss the sources of aggression and discontentment in our schools and communities, they will become better enabled to address this turmoil. These 100 students will face a challenging task. They will be asked to view the … Continued

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Coalition for Human Rights (CHR)

The Coalition for Human Rights (CHR) is Campus Y committee dedicated to addressing a myriad of domestic and international human rights issues through a series of advocacy and action-based events. Throughout the year CHR offers discussion, educational teach-ins, and opportunities for grassroots activism to committee members, the Campus Y, and UNC Campus at large. Specifically, CHR members select 4 point group topics annually to highlight. For the 2015-16 year these topics included indigenous rights, the criminal justice system, human trafficking, and genocide and mass atrocity awareness and prevention efforts. Some events we’ve hosted in the past year included a UNC … Continued


Criminal Justice Awareness and Action (CJAA)

Criminal Justice Awareness and Action (CJAA) works to bring critical community attention to the problems plaguing the criminal justice system. CJAA volunteers and organizes with various partners including the Durham County Youth Home, a local juvenile detention center, and leads activist efforts on campus and in the larger community. Recognizing the criminal justice system as central to the consolidation and concentration of oppressive power, CJAA focuses on systemic and structural issues such as racism and poverty, while also emphasizing the importance of personal stories and compassion in working towards a more just and gentle world. Check out our Facebook page or follow us … Continued


Embody Carolina

Embody Carolina is a committee dedicated to raising eating disorder awareness, spreading body positivity, fighting stigma and educating allies in our community through an intersectional and inclusive approach. At the core of what we do is our peer-led training that aims to educate students about identifying and supporting someone struggling with an eating disorder. We are meeting a real need on campus, as eating disorders affect around 10-20% of college women, and 4-10% of college men. Even higher percentages of students struggle with negative body image, disordered eating, and low self-esteem. These disorders and issues are not only potentially physically … Continued


Enrich ELL

Enrich ELL The mission of Enrich ELL is to promote opportunities through English literacy, to foster cross-cultural understanding, and to build lasting relationships between UNC students and members of the community. This program provides university students the opportunity to serve the specific needs of adult English-language learners. Our objectives are to: 1) Teach English skills based on the individual needs of each participant 2) Provide childcare, tutoring, and mentoring for the participant’s children during the classes 3) Serve as a valuable resource for the well-being of these families and their integration into the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community In order to fulfill … Continued


Health Focus

Health Focus is a group that works to raise awareness and increase activism for health issues by volunteering in health related areas in our community and exploring strategies to address current health disparities. We currently volunteer at the UNC Children’s Hospital, organize nutrition talks in Chapel Hill elementary and middle schools, have an annual Holistic Health Fair, and teach health education in the community.  Please contact one of the Co-Chairs if you would like to learn more about Health Focus. Co-Chairs Emily Miramontes Preeya Deol


Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment (HYPE)

Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment (HYPE) provides social, cultural and educational experiences for K-5 students at underserved community centers throughout the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. UNC students serve these centers by acting as both tutors and mentors. In addition to HYPE’s role as tutors, we seek to inform our members and the university as a whole about educational disparities still present today through interactive discussions and workshops. In addition to tutoring at the local centers, HYPE also brings the students to UNC at the end of the semester so tutors and kids can hang out in a non-classroom setting while also showing … Continued


Hope Gardens

Hope Gardens is a completely student-run nonprofit organization that seeks to bridge the gap between UNC and the broader community on issues of food access and food security. WHAT DO WE AIM TO DO? We strive to educate participants about gardening, raise awareness about food insecurity and the ways we can combat it, increase access to fresh produce, and catalyze transitions to healthy lifestyles in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro area. OUR PROGRAMS: Community Garden Herban Garden Project Hope Cooks Education Be sure to visit our website to see how you can get involved and check out ourFacebook page for upcoming events! Co-Chairs: … Continued


Linking Immigrants to New Communities (LINC)

Linking Immigrants to New Communities (LINC) helps ease the transition of recent immigrants to the United States through student interaction and raising awareness on and off campus. We teach English classes to immigrants as well as hold conversation/discussion groups and workshops to help with the acculturation process for immigrants in our community. These activities, and our workshops in particular, help connect immigrants to legal, social, and cultural resources in their communities. We also strive to inform UNC students of the realities of the immigration system through personal interactions with immigrants, in order to create advocates and allies for immigration reform and … Continued



Nourish-UNC is a movement of students engaging with communities in mutually beneficial partnerships in pursuit of a socially and economically just world. Nourish operates out of a social entrepreneurship model, partnering with local organizations to run small-scale business ventures (like Hunger Lunch, Mugs and Pugs, Bubble Tea, and Global Music Jam), the profits of which are used to implement sustainable, grassroots development projects with community-based partners in other regions. Though it was started at UNC in 2003, Nourish International has since expanded to 45 different campuses. Find out how you can get involved by visiting our website, our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter! Co-Chairs Leah Berolzheimer … Continued

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Project HEAL

Project HEAL is student-run and student-founded global health organization based at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Project Heal’s overarching mission is to engage undergraduate students in international service experiences to facilitate culturally relevant and locally-driven sustainable development in Lawra and Kumasi, Ghana.  Project Heal has pledged a comprehensive commitment to the health and wellness of the people of Ghana in an effort to improve access to basic health knowledge, overall quality of care, and availability of vital medical supplies. The ultimate goal of Project Heal is community-based sustainability with local health officials leading such initiatives. Primary projects include: … Continued

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Project Literacy

Project Literacy is based on the idea that literacy skills are the foundation of education, opportunity, and social participation.  The group coordinates with community organizations to fight local illiteracy, while simultaneously fighting illiteracy across the nation and around the world. Click here to find out more about our mission and vision. Be sure to visit our website for more information on how to get involved as well as upcoming teaching/internship opportunities! Click here to get on the Project Lit listserv! Contact Project Literacy – Co-Chairs Sarah Sturdivant CJ Reguyal


Rethink: Psychiatric Illness

Rethink: Psychiatric Illness is aimed at raising awareness about mental illnesses and challenging the stigmas that surround them. In order to encourage students to become advocates, Rethink runs student-led trainings throughout the school year in which participants learn the basics about mental illnesses, how to access resources at UNC, and how to be affirming friends and peers. In 2012 Rethink: Psychiatric Illness was awarded UNC’s Diversity Award for a Student Organization. Find out how you can get involved by visiting our website, check out our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. Watch our video to see current committee members explain why … Continued


Students United for Immigrant Equality (SUIE)

Students United for Immigrant Equality (SUIE) – SUIE’s vision is to empower, inform, and activate the immigrant community, its allies, and the greater public about the issues that prevent immigrants in the United States from being able to enjoy the protection of basic human rights granted under the U.S. Constitution. We advocate for immigrant issues to be recognized as human rights issues through the promotion of the ideals that stress equality of all people regardless of national origin or documentation status. Get involved! Find out how by visiting our website, check our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for the latest events. … Continued

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Students Working for Environmental Action and Transformation (SWEAT)

Students Working for Environmental Action and Transformation (SWEAT) is committed to defending social justice through environmental initiatives. We communicate messages of environmental and political activism through local initiatives, but have extended our reach to the state level as well, and have participated in several international service learning trips. This past year, we worked with the Rogers Road community in its efforts to maintain adequate public health standards by securing safe water and sewer infrastructure. We organized weekend trips to RENA Community Garden and through several education-focused initiatives, spoke with Chapel Hill middle school students on the implications of local environmental justice … Continued

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Tar Heel TABLE

Tar Heel TABLE seeks to increase awareness of the prevalence of local childhood hunger and poverty in our community and support the work of TABLE, a non‐profit hunger relief organization serving children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Get involved and check out our Facebook page for more information or watch Tar Heel TABLE at work in the video below! Co-Chairs Tiffany Turner Analisa Sorrells

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Technology Without Borders

Technology Without Borders (TWB) is committed to bridging the digital divide in all its forms, at home and abroad. We work with local marginalized populations to provide them with digital literacy training and access to computers at a free or reduced rate. We work with a wide variety of populations, but our target populations are low-income families and youth and the homeless. Our outreach abroad is centered around our Hope Phones drive, where used phones are sold to purchase new phones for communication purposes for medical personnel in Africa. Our community partners include the Community Empowerment Fund and theKramden Institute … Continued

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World Micro Market

World Micro Market, a Campus Y initiative, is a weekly international forum and emporium for students to economically empower individuals around the world and to develop awareness about international issues.  Global Hands imports goods from NGOs and impoverished/vulnerable individuals from around the world to create another market for them, thereby contributing to the alleviation of poverty and supporting their self-promotion. The profits will be going to an international charity organization. At the market, a global issue or project will be featured by a UNC organization, group, or individual to sensitize students to that particular issue and to present ways in … Continued


Youth for Elderly Service (YES)

Youth for Elderly Service (YES) has a mission to improve the lives of the elderly by providing companionship. Through volunteering at retirement homes, daytime elder-care centers, and other locales, YES volunteers are able to build meaningful relationships with elderly members of the community and broaden their own understanding of various elder-related issues. Volunteers engage with elderly residents during weekly visits and at larger monthly events organized by the committee. Group activities, games, crafts, and simple conversations are all ways we care for and give attention to this commonly isolated population. YES members enjoy hearing the stories they have to share and … Continued