November 2, 2021

To: UNCG Faculty

From:  Debbie Storrs, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Sarah Daynes, Chair, Faculty Senate

RE: Invitation to November 15th One UNCG Faculty Gathering

The Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate invite you to join us for a special faculty gathering on Monday, November 15th from 4:00-6:00 pm. The gathering is the first in a series of events designed to deepen our connections, share what it means to be part of the UNCG faculty community, and celebrate all the ways we continue to support each other. Recognizing that we are living through stressful times and facing significant challenges, we understand the need to come together, across disciplines, units, and ranks, to share what is important to us and to envision our future together. We have designed this series, One UNCG, to dialogue with one another over such questions as a community.

We are starting the One UNCG series with the theme of Welcome for our November 15th event. Feeling welcomed and welcoming others into a community is central in creating a sense of belonging. We ask you to consider bringing a story of welcome, perhaps to share. The story could be about a time you felt welcomed into a community, or realized you had found a community to which you could belong. The story can be about UNCG, or it can come from any time in your life and/or another community to which you belong. At the event we will share these stories informally, in conversation, with one another. You will have a chance to meet others and begin learning our stories. We may even learn something new about someone we already know. We will leave with a greater understanding of what it means to be welcomed and with ideas for how to be more welcoming to all at UNCG.

The first event of the One UNCG series will take place outdoors on campus.  We require an RSVP and will limit this event to the first 100 respondents.  Please RSVP here and Jenny Johnson will send you location information in advance of the event.

We will enjoy live music, beverages, and light refreshments. We have invited special hosts to help facilitate conversations, make introductions, promote story-sharing, and to ensure your plate and glass are always full. COVID-19 safety cautions will be in effect. The event will be outdoors so please dress warmly (in the case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and rescheduled). We hope you will join us. If you are unable to make it, we invite you to join us at one of the next events that will take place in the spring semester.