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Service & Activism
UNCG’s history of service goes back to 1893, when the first graduates of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School selected “service” as the school’s motto. Students, faculty, and staff have been serving ever since, pushing for social change and helping members of the local community.
Women’s Betterment Association
Founded in 1902, this student group led the charge to improve North Carolina school buildings.
Women’s Suffrage March
In 1915, during their regular afternoon “walking period,” 250 students participated in a women’s suffrage march down College Avenue.
During World War I, seven students known as the “Carpenterettes” joined together to build a YWCA hut for community use.
In 1918, ten students known as the “Farmerettes” worked on a 300-acre farm just outside of Greensboro as part of the war effort.
“Human Computer” Virginia Tucker
In 1935, graduate Virginia Tucker joined the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory as one of five female mathematicians in the first “Computer Pool.” She later became a supervisor, managing more than 400 women in computing sections at Langley.
Suffragist Speaks on Campus
The Class of 1919 selected Dr. Anna Howard Shaw to speak at graduation, where it was announced that a new campus dormitory would be named to honor the suffragist.
American Legion Auxiliary
The American Legion Auxiliary Tar Heel Girls State simulated local and state governments to give high school students insight into politics. The first Girls State was held on campus in 1940.
Campus War Service League
The campus War Service League organized activities that allowed students to contribute to the war effort in a variety of ways during World War II.
The Greensboro Sit-ins
In 1960, several Woman’s College students participated in the Greensboro Sit-ins, a civil-rights protest launched by four North Carolina A&T State College students at a Woolworth’s lunch counter.
In 1942, Dean of Women Harriet Elliott served as advisor in the creation of WAVES, the women’s naval auxiliary. The Elliott University Center is named after her.
Golden Chain Honor Society
The Golden Chain Honor Society was formed by students in 1948 to honor those who demonstrated a notable commitment to campus service.
Black Power Forum
Hosted on campus in 1967, the Forum was organized in part by the SGA to inform students about the movement and foster discussion.
Food Service Workers’ Strike
During a strike for higher wages in 1969, the SGA voted to support the workers, boycott the cafeteria, and hire an attorney to represent the workers.
ROTC at A&T
A 1977 agreement between UNCG and North Carolina A&T State University meant that UNCG students could take up to 12 hours of ROTC courses at A&T for credit.
Two wetlands are under construction on campus, designed to improve water quality and provide opportunities for research, hands-on learning, and community outreach.
Greensboro Massacre Protest
After the 1979 shooting deaths of five anti-Ku Klux Klan protestors in Greensboro, the defendants were put on trial and found not guilty. Many UNCG students joined the Greensboro community in protesting the verdict.
Spartan Service Trips
The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning sponsors student-led service trips during school breaks and on weekends.
MLK Day of Service
UNCG holds an annual event for students to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by serving the local community.