March 7, 2019

MEMORANDUM

TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:  April 3-5 “Unlikely” Documentary Screenings and Events

I am excited to share with you an important opportunity for UNC Greensboro to host a campus-wide conversation and series of events about student success, amplify our leadership position in this area, and create engaging, curricular opportunities for a variety of departments across campus.

On April 3 and 4, UNCG will host screenings of the documentary “Unlikely.” This penetrating and personal new film investigates America’s college dropout crisis through the lives of five diverse students as they fight for a second chance at opportunity and highlights the innovators reimagining higher education for the 21st century. After each screening, faculty will help facilitate discussion.  Screening events will begin at 5:30pm at the School of Education building, Room 114.

On Friday, April 5, UNCG will host a series of events on campus with one of the award-winning filmmakers, Adam Fenderson. The day will include a Q&A event from 10:15-11:15 a.m. for the campus community to discuss higher education and policy issues, as well as film making, with Fenderson. We are still finalizing the location for this open Q&A and will follow up soon.

UNCG is the first university in North Carolina to screen the documentary and host this important conversation. The film has been critically acclaimed and featured at high profile events like South by Southwest in Austin as well as at screenings and events nationwide.   We know that our faculty and staff are focused on addressing many of the challenges presented in the documentary, and we believe this platform will help us share our innovative programs and success stories with the campus community and beyond.

Attendance and participation by students, faculty, and staff are very important. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity as you see fit – for example, by integrating the screenings and Friday’s Q&A into course plans, or by informally encouraging students to participate.

Thank you for your partnership in making these screenings and events a success. We look forward to the vibrant, open discussions that will take place on our campus.