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In this week’s Focus Carolina, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz — in the second of a two-part special series — shares examples outside of the medical field of how the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is responding to COVID-19.

“As I’ve said repeatedly during all of this, Carolina is — at its heart — its people,” said Guskiewicz. “I think we’re seeing that right now, and we’ve seen it over the past few months. I’m just so proud of the many ways in which our community has risen to the occasion.”

Citing examples of the UNC School of Education partnering with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute to provide resources for at-home learning, the use of maker-spaces at UNC to create face shields for health care workers, local government webinars, the UNC School of Dentistry’s quick adaption of teledentistry appointments and practices and the quick pivot of UNC faculty to an online class structure, Guskiewicz sees a great deal to be proud of at UNC.

“As I talked about it on a number of occasions over the past year — and I brought this into my commencement speech last May — Charles Kuralt’s 1985 commencement speech where he talked about Carolina being a ‘conspiracy of good people,’ and he described that conspiracy as people who return us to reason, compassion, and decency,” said Guskiewicz. “And I think we’ve seen that every day here at Carolina.”

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