UNC Global Organizations
Many UNC centers and organizations offer outreach and resources related to global education for North Carolina educators. We encourage you to explore their websites and reach out to them for resources and support that can help you globalize or school, district or campus.
Ackland Art Museum
One of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources since opening in 1958, the Ackland’s permanent collection of more than 18,000 works of art include North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), as well as significant collections of European masterworks, 20-th-century and contemporary art, and North Carolina pottery, and it organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year. Specific resources for K-12 educators include services, materials and advice to help you discover the best ways to support your teaching with art.
African Studies Center
This hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa focuses on the interconnected issues of political change, expressive culture, gender, sustainability, health and Islam. It offers North Carolina K-16 educators a lending library of books and films, Kenya and Senegal culture kits, and Learning Boxes that include class sets of Africa-themed books and resources for teaching.
American Indian Center
This center connects University faculty, students and staff to Native Nations and communities in North Carolina and abroad for research, class projects and student support. Specific resources for educators include culturally appropriate and responsive instructional materials, maps or tribal nations and organizations in North Carolina and links to additional resources.
Ancient World Mapping Center
This interdisciplinary research center promotes cartography, historical geography and geographic information science as essential disciplines within the field of ancient studies through innovative and collaborative research, teaching and community outreach activities. It invites inquiries from anyone interested in pursuing project related to these disciplines, and it offers an ever-growing collection of resources for digital mapping.
Carolina Asia Center
The center develops resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars’ programs. CAC provides professional development workshops, K-12 and community college lesson plans, an Asia-themed book database searchable by region and topic, a lending library of books and videos (managed by Carolina Navigators) and information about Asia-focused organizations in North Carolina.
This program of Carolina Public Humanities (formerly called the N.C. Civic Education Consortium) works to extend the resources of the University to K-12 educators. It offers professional development programs, access to scholars on key topics, innovative lesson plans and interactive pedagogical training.
Carolina Population Center
Faculty and students at the Population Center work together on path-breaking research to address population-related issues in 85 countries and across the United States, as well as locally, in central North Carolina. Find data on N.C. demographics, population changes and support conducting research or projects related to population.
Center for European Studies
The Center offers free professional development to educators and talks for students and a range of online resources. CES staff will come to classrooms and workplace to give tailored sessions on issues related to the European Union and contemporary European Studies. It also provides Teaching the EU toolkits that contain lessons and resources for students, as well as professional development study tours and workshops.
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
This center, one of the area studies centers at UNC, plays a critical role in meeting the university’s internationalization objectives and bolstering its global reach through instruction, curriculum development, exchanges, teacher training, conferences and public outreach. Specific resources for educators include visiting scholars and delegations and resources for classroom instruction.
Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies
This UNC-Duke University collaboration encourages across the two campuses and across disciplines related to all aspects of Latin American and Caribbean studies. Its resources for K-16 educators include a searchable film library, language training, the New Roots digital archive with oral histories of Latin Americans in NC and works by Latin American authors.
Consortium for Middle East Studies/Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill
The Duke-UNC Consortium encourages collaboration and cooperation in all aspects of Middle Eastern studies across the two campuses. Its resources for educators include free professional development workshops and local study tours, classroom materials including a “Middle East Explained” video series, suggested books and films and guest speakers for classrooms across North Carolina.
Curriculum in Global Studies
The Curriculum in Global Studies focuses on offering UNC undergraduate students the opportunity to develop an appreciation for and fuller understanding of the global issues within the context of a diverse, flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum, but its website contains links to global resources that educators may find useful.
Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
The Institute focuses on improving health in North Carolina and around the world through global health research, teaching, and service activities. Its website contains links to a variety of resources and information related to global public health.
Institute for the Study of the Americas
The Institute pursues knowledge about the diverse regions that make up Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It offers a variety of public lectures, conferences, exhibits and performances.
Research Laboratories of Archaeology
The Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) has created Ancient North Carolinians, a virtual museum of North Carolina Archaeology. Educators can discover archaeology in their county through images, North Carolina’s first peoples, a list of American Indian archaeological sites in our state and even information about shipwrecks that happened off our coast. Learn about North Carolina’s 15,000-year American Indian heritage and the state’s 400+ year colonial heritage. Gain resources for North Carolina history and archaeology. Explore 3D models of artifacts in the RLA collection, and more. The website also has a helpful section to help students understand the discipline of archaeology and other tools that may help them think like an archaeologist as they explore the artifacts virtually on the museum’s website.
Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS)
This is consortium of scholars from UNC, Duke and N.C. State universities focus on cooperation and communication across disciplinary and cultural divides that can advance research and education in the field of national and international security. It primary outreach is a speakers program.
UNC University Libraries
UNC libraries provide collections, expertise, services and facilities to serve the University’s mission of research, teaching, learning and public service for the campus community, state, nation and world. It also offers tours for school groups.