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2021 Faculty Election

Sharon Holland

Running for: Advisory Committee
  • Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor of American Studies
  • American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Appointed: 2014
  • Ph.D, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1992
  • Candidate Website
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In my short time at UNC, I have served on a number of committees both in the College and University-wide. I served as a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee on Faculty Diversity for CAS. I helped to found the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective is part of CSAS and draws from faculty and graduate student intellectual work across the university. I now serve as a member of the Chancellor's Community and Campus Advisory Committee and am currently the Chair of my Department. I am also involved with informally mentoring QTIPOC students at UNC as I seek to found pathways for meaningful social justice work.

Candidate Statement

James Baldwin once write, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." I am committed to active listening and problem solving. I believe in staying in the uncomfortable moment as a praxis and work diligently to bring communities together through ethical action. In each and every one of my academic appointments, I have created institutional structures geared toward underrepresented persons in the community of scholars. While at Carolina, I co-authored the Roadmap for Racial Equity -- a many-pronged plan to move DEI issues to the forefront for faculty at the university. I am running for this position because I feel that, especially in this global climate with two pandemics raging and so much at stake, I can lend my wealth of experience navigating institutional structures to the work at hand.

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