Charlé LaMonica is the director of UNC World View at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a University public service program created in 1998 which equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to engage in our interconnected and diverse world. Committed to developing an inclusive program that serves the state, Charlé collaborates with more than 92 partners both on and off campus; forges strategic alliances and collaborations with schools, districts and community colleges; leads the World View Global Education Leaders Program; and represents UNC World View in North Carolina and on the national and global stage.
Service to the state has been front and center in LaMonica’s work. Since 2013, LaMonica has significantly expanded UNC World View’s support of educators, influencing 100,000 students in North Carolina in 2019-2020 alone; and increasing partnerships in both rural and urban settings.
LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits through UNC World View, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. These educational destinations have included Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Germany, South Africa, China, Dominican Republic, Moldova and Ireland. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina.
Additionally, LaMonica has strengthened support for UNC World View’s activities and mission. The UNC World View Council of Advisors established the Richardson Lecture, honoring former Provost Dick Richardson, to create opportunities for donors to give to a UNC World View registration scholarship fund. The Richardson Lecture inaugural presentation by Nobel Prize Recipient Dr. Aziz Sancar, began the significant growth in private donors since 2016. This has enabled UNC World View to offer scholarships in its programs to educators working in counties not previously served by UNC World View programs. The Robert and Jean Phay UNC World View Endowment, honoring director emeritus Robert Phay, was also created to assist in providing a sustainable UNC World View future.
LaMonica’s international career began as an educational outreach and research associate with the NC China Council of the Asia Society at UNC which resulted in developing a publication North Carolina’s China’s Connection 1840-1949 and a photographic exhibit which toured 12 sites in North Carolina and curated more than 125 oral history interviews. This led to her interest in providing professional development in international education outreach as she led medical and legal delegations to China, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kenya with Professional Seminar Consultants, Inc. of Oceanside New York. Her international work continued in Charlotte where she worked as program director at International House and later taught world history at Central Piedmont Community College, US history at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and middle and high school English, history and social studies at Charlotte Country Day School. Recognized with the 2011 Faculty Exceptional Performance Award, Charlé later served CCDS on the administrative team as Director of International Studies where she coordinated global study programs in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Italy and Mexico, alongside developing intercultural competency programs with American and international students. As an active international partner, Charlé served and advised on
Charlotte Mayor’s International Cabinet before relocating to Chapel Hill in 2013, the very place where her career began.
Charlé keeps the global mindset of the teacher front and center with her vast experience working with students and values strategic planning to deliberately design programs to meet the needs of all students in our interdependent world.
A Harvard Woman in Leadership participant, American Council on Education Woman’s Leadership Forum participant, a Fellow of the NC Public School Forum Educational Policy Fellows Program, and member of the training cohorts of UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Learning Community on Strategy and Leadership and UNC Faculty Administrator Development Program, Charlé serves on the NC Coalition of Global Competitiveness, the US Global Leadership Council’s North Carolina Advisory Committee and presents in statewide, national and international educational conferences.
Charlé is proud to have participated as a student in Middlebury College Intensive Chinese Summer School and holds a master’s degree in history from UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College.
Charlé considers it an honor to work alongside all educators for the benefit of all students- the next generation of global leaders.