Jaci Field wants to bring communities together as Carolina Black Caucus chair
The Carolina Black Caucus welcomed a new chair earlier this month.
Jaci Field, a 1993 UNC alumnus, is principal of Eddie Smith Field House and is on the sports facilities and planning staff. In her job, she has managed capital projects, the sports summer camp program and other areas throughout the department.
Field said she joined CBC after a few years of encouragement from a friend, and has been an active member for over 20 years.
“I just realized how great it was not to be an ‘other’ in a room, and I was really struck by the wonderful feeling of community and family in the room,” she said. declared.
The RSC is an academic organization made up of faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students. According to its website, the mission of the CBC is to advocate and empower black faculty and staff at UNC while fostering an equitable university community.
The CBC also works with campus organizations to help advocate for students across campus, Field said.
“She not only wants to bring the community together within the University, but she also wants to work with the city to better meet the needs of the city’s community,” said Cha’ssem Anderson, CBC Parliamentarian. “And so I think she’ll be a good chair.”
Anderson said her first impression of Field was that she had a caring and open heart.
“We were both just general members, and with the resignation of the former chair, the caucus always asked her, ‘Alright, Jaci! It’s your time, it’s your time, ”Anderson said.
Anderson said the CBC wants to make sure the University promotes and retains faculty and staff from under-represented groups, and he believes Field can help achieve that goal.
Last summer, the UNC board did not initially offer a tenure to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, voting only after strong reluctance from students, faculty and other members of the community.
Field said she believed this moment solidified the relationships of black leadership groups on campus and brought them closer together. She said she wanted to continue building these relationships in order to repair and bring communities on campus together.
CBC vice president Antonio Squire also highlighted Field’s involvement – as the former chair of the caucus rights committee – in helping to push for Nikole Hannah-Jones’ term. His involvement throughout this college controversy showed Squire and the rest of the CBC that Field was fit to be president, he said.
“She’s been here since the ’90s as a student and then later as an employee,” Squire said. “She knows the challenges that faculty and staff of color face. As a result of what happened over the summer, faculty, staff and students of color are more united than ever, and I think Jaci is the perfect person to lead this effort going forward. ”
As the new president, Field has many ideas and goals to advance Radio-Canada’s mission. She said she plans to increase membership, engage more with black student leadership organizations, and continually hold the University accountable by implementing the theme of “community in action.”
Field said this year she wanted to focus on taking the time to listen to and genuinely care about each other. She said the CBC will be a strong advocate for equality on all campuses, calling out places and spaces that do not have equality, and come up with solutions to address this issue.
“As we prepare to celebrate 50 years of existence, I think Jaci will do a great job of promoting the CBC on campus,” Squire said. “I think she will hold the university administrators accountable for the list of requests that we have made, as well as the requests of our students.”
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