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Carolina launches statewide program focused on improving mental health and reducing suicide

June 12, 2023

Following the success of its first project addressing youth unemployment, Carolina Across 100 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is partnering with the UNC Suicide Prevention Institute to lower the number of suicides in North Carolina.



LFNC Fellow Keshav Javvadi Makes His Mark in Person County

June 8, 2023

In Roxboro, North Carolina, employees of Person County work hard to address the challenges facing their community. For the past year, Keshav Javvadi, a Carolina alum, has been serving alongside them as a fellow for Lead for North Carolina.

The Lead for North Carolina (LFNC) program increases government capacity in local communities in North Carolina by placing young people in high-impact fellowships across the state.



Enduring Lessons on Leadership - 10 Years of LGFCU Fellows

June 6, 2023

Committed local government leaders take the next step in their personal and organizational leadership journey by becoming an LGFCU Fellow and completing the Leading for Results program, which includes engaging in executive coaching and joining the alumni network.



Development in Kannapolis

June 2, 2023

In 2003, the city of Kannapolis, North Carolina, dealt with the worst permanent lay-off in state history when the textile giant Cannon Mills closed down. Consequently, Kannapolis’s downtown district suffered as many businesses shuttered. By 2015, over half of the downtown was vacant and many of its historic structures were in disrepair.



UNC MPA Graduates Celebrate Spring 2023 Commencement

May 17, 2023

The UNC School of Government’s Master of Public Administration Class of 2023 gathered with faculty, family, friends, and staff on May 13 to celebrate their graduation from the program.  The ceremony, held at the William and Ida Friday Center, honored 64 graduates, both in-person and online students.    

Honoring graduates 



Get to Know Dean Aimee N. Wall

May 17, 2023

Since being named dean of the School of Government in February 2023, Aimee N. Wall has been hard at work leading the School's mission to improve the lives of North Carolinians. In between meetings, visits with communities across the state, and overseeing the day-to-day direction of the School, Wall sat down to discuss what she looks forward to in her tenure, her path to public service, how she hopes to lead, and more.



Supporting public sector IT leaders through Certified Government Chief Information Officers Training

May 16, 2023

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT directors in the public sector continue to face increasing challenges and responsibilities as technology evolves. Facing a continual expansion of technology and role responsibility, ever-increasing security threats, and keeping up with the rapid pace of new technology, IT leaders must have a broad understanding of leadership, regulations, and business to be truly influential in their organizations.



UNC MPA Graduate Sherese Bonner Carries Program Experiences to Presidential Management Fellowship

May 12, 2023

When North Carolina native Sherese Bonner graduated with an undergraduate degree in public policy from the University of Virginia, she came to two conclusions: she wanted to learn how public policy was implemented, and she was ready to come back to North Carolina. Those conclusions led her to the UNC Master of Public Administration program.



Funding Catalyzes Continued Growth for Criminal Justice Innovation Lab

May 9, 2023

By Claire Cusick

The UNC School of Government’s Criminal Justice Innovation Lab has received $500,000 in new funding from the Charles Koch Foundation. To date, the Lab has received more than $1.6 million in funding from the Foundation.



Kimalee Dickerson Researches How Women of Color Experience Working in Government

May 5, 2023

School of Government faculty member Kimalee Dickerson is in the beginning stages of a qualitative research project examining the experiences of women of color—particularly Black women—working in local and state government in North Carolina.

Below, she answers questions about the inspiration behind her research, some early findings from its analysis, and where she will share the results.



UNC MPA Improves its Ranking Among Nation’s Top 20 Public Affairs Schools

April 25, 2023

Now in its 26th year at the School of Government, the UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Public Administration program has once again been named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report in its 2024 rankings.



Dean Wall Announces 11 New Awards for School of Government Faculty

April 14, 2023

Dean Aimee N. Wall announced several new awards and professorships for School of Government faculty in March 2023. Selected during former Dean Mike Smith’s tenure, these honors recognize outstanding “quality, quantity, breadth, and depth of service rendered to the people of the State through the School.”

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