The Campus Y Staff are professionals who devote their time to the efficient operation of Campus Y efforts, guidance, and counseling for Y members and committees, training of officers and co-chairs in leadership skills and outreach to other units of UNC and the community.
Richard Harrill was chair of a homelessness and hunger committee and co-president of the Campus Y as an undergraduate at UNC (1988-91) and became its executive director in 2009. He has a three decade career as an education entrepreneur and human rights advocate in Europe and the United States, which he says stems directly from his Campus Y student experiences. He lived in Hungary off and on throughout the 1990s and 2000s, serving first as a Peace Corps teacher in Veszprem and later as the Director for Europe at the Public Interest Law Institute (now known as PILnet), a human rights NGO in Budapest that spun out of Columbia University School of Law. He also founded Demokratikus Ifjusagert Alapitvany (DIA), a non- profit organization that was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship in 1999 for its groundbreaking work building a national infrastructure for youth civic engagement in post-communist Hungary. In the US, Richard has served as Senior Fellow at the Bonner Foundation in Princeton, NJ, where he developed the values framework for the Bonner Scholars Program known as “the Common Commitments.” He directed Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in Manhattan for five years, establishing its experiential learning partnerships while teaching courses on civil society development for the political studies department. Richard was head of youth policy research at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, where he focused on civic engagement and school-to-work transition pathways for youth in OECD countries. Throughout his career, Richard has helped the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the International Foundation for Election Systems build out their youth civic engagement programs in Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus Region.
Assistant Director and Director of the Bonner Leader Program
Yalitza is a double Tar Heel, having earned from UNC a Masters in Social Work in 2014 and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish in 2005. Between studies, Yalitza has worked for Carolina on local, statewide, and global projects in the areas of program evaluation, early childhood education, high-quality instruction, educational access, asset development, and financial empowerment. As part of her field work and in partnership with Volunteers for Youth, Yalitza taught a service-learning course for Buckley Public Service Scholars in the SMART Mentoring program. For over a decade she volunteered in the community with organizations such as the Orange County Literacy Council, Girls on the Run of the Triangle, former Family Violence Prevention Center, and Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools. Most recently, she was at Durham’s Partnership for Children working to ensure high-quality standards and compliance for funded partners, build strong partnerships within communities, and engage families and communities in leadership and advocacy. Yalitza lives in Durham with her husband and daughter.
Campus Y Business Manager
Christine Arnsberger, originally from Germany, has lived in the U.S. since 1994. She’s been living in Carrboro with her husband, daughter and cat for the past 15 years. Before she’s been living in several intentional communities in Germany, Denmark and the U.S.
Throughout her professional career Christine has worked as a Paralegal for several Law Firms in the Triangle area, with a major emphasis on Affordable Housing; Bankruptcy; and Intellectual Property Law. She enjoys working at the Campus Y as the Business Manager, interacting with students, faculty, staff and visitors. Christine has a BA in Sociology and MA in German Literature from the University of Bielefeld, Germany; a Law/Paralegal Degree from Germany, as well as a Paralegal Degree from Meredith College.
Erin is a writer, multimedia producer, and digital strategist. Before making her way to the Campus Y, she travelled across North Carolina with camera in hand, serving as the digital content producer for Our State magazine, the second largest regional magazine in the country. Through her work at Our State and as the editor-in-chief of Guilford College’s student-run newspaper, she developed interests in creative strategy, visual storytelling, and teaching. A Chapel Hill native returning home, Erin is passionate about supporting the Campus Y community and helping students share great stories.
UNC Global Civic Engagement Coordinator
Sarah came to UNC in 2006 to study archaeology but soon realized her passion was in public service. In 2010, she earned her B.A. in anthropology with minors in social & economic justice and Asian studies before joining the staff of the Carolina Center for Public Service. As Student Services Specialist, Sarah worked directly with the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, the Service-Learning Initiative (APPLES), and the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships.
Sarah recently completed her M. Phil. in international peace studies from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. During her two years in Dublin, she helped develop policy for Trinity around ethical development volunteering and taught a course on intercultural competencies in partnership with two NC schools.
Social Innovation Initiative Coordinator
Sista Jakelin “Jaki” Bonilla graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship. At UNC, she founded Linking Immigrants to New Communities, which helps ease the transition of recent immigrants through student interaction and awareness-raising in the community, and served on the UNC Emerging Communities Taskforce that established the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, dedicated to developing a greater awareness of Latina/o issues, cultures and identities. Jakelin also conducted ethnographic research and volunteered in Central and South America, served as co-chair of the Great Decisions Program, mentored in the Scholars Latino Initiative, and worked as a Senior Intern in the Bonners Leaders Program at the Campus Y. After graduating from UNC she served as the director of the Campus Y’s Global Gap Year Fellowship for three years before she was awarded the Henry Luce Scholarship and worked at the United Nations Official Migration Agency-International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Thailand. Jakelin has recently returned to the Campus Y to continue supporting students’ social justice and social innovation initiatives.