Statement by Gene Nichol on the UNC Board of Governors’ decision to close the Center on Poverty

*** Editor’s note: Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska was at today’s meeting at UNC-Charlotte where the Board of Governors made their decision. She will have a full story on today’s developments and reaction coming-up this afternoon on the Progressive Pulse.***


‘I have no words to match the gratitude I feel for the astonishing support the Poverty Center has Gene Nicholreceived, in recent weeks, from thousands across North Carolina and the nation. Students, faculty, alumni, engaged citizens, activists, social services providers, political, religious and institutional leaders, and perhaps most movingly, Tar Heels living at or below the edge of poverty have raised their voices and banners in protest. Whether pressing for research on economic justice, or, more broadly, for university-defining traditions of academic freedom, their words and actions have seared my heart and, not infrequently, moistened my eyes. They are not to be forgotten.’

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