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Civil rights attorney and author Geeta N. Kapur on pushing UNC to confront its systemic racism

October 7, 2021 - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was built by enslaved Black people but refused to admit Black students until the 1950s and only after a protracted legal fight — and the school continues to struggle around issues of race today. Civil rights attorney Geeta N. Kapur documents UNC's troubling history in her new book "To Drink From the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation's Oldest Public University," which she discussed with Facing South.

In fight over COVID mask rules, Southern appeals courts side with GOP over schools

September 29, 2021 - Governors and legislatures across the South have banned public schools from requiring masks to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The bans have been successfully challenged in lower courts, but appellate courts overturned some of those rulings. Federal courts in several states are taking up the question of whether mask mandate bans violate the rights of students with disabilities.

Organizing against Koch influence on college campuses

March 15, 2019 - To promote their anti-regulatory agenda, the billionaire brothers behind the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into schools nationwide. Now a group called UnKoch My Campus is challenging those deals, and co-founder and campaigns director, Samantha Parsons, recently spoke with Facing South about its work.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bennett College's crisis underscores accreditation inequities

February 15, 2019 - Faced with losing accreditation from the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools because of its finances, the North Carolina school launched a fundraising campaign that far exceeded its goals. Though leaders of the private North Carolina school for women are confident that their efforts will save its accredidation, the battle to save the institution highlights a fundamental unfairness in the system.