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November 2007

Listening, learning

College isn't the same for everyone. Your experiences are a reflection of when you attended UNCG, the types of classes you took, where you spent your time and with whom. For some African-American alumni, coming together has helped them define their common ground.

“As part of our move to engage alumni, we're paying attention to how different groups were connected on campus,” said Becci Menghini, alumni relations director. “We want to create more opportunities for alumni to connect in meaningful ways. We know that racial and ethnic identity has been, and continues to be, a source of community on our campus.”

UNCG is known to be the most diverse historically white institution in the UNC system.

Some reconnection is already under way. Several African-American alumni in the Charlotte area have begun to meet. Last month, Earlene Hardie Cox '74 came to campus and met with other graduates from the 1970s to discuss strategies to increase African-American alumni engagement.

“We're in a stage of listening right now,” Menghini said. “We want to set plans in place for how to best, most efficiently and most rewardingly help people reconnect.”

If you would like to be involved in these discussions or if you have ideas on how to help African-American alumni get involved with the university, contact Mary Swantek at (336) 256-2011 or m_swante@uncg.edu.

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