Student Organizations and Heel Life
Especially now when most learning is being done remotely and social interactions are physically distant, getting involved with a student organization can be fun, easy, and a transformational way to make the most of your Carolina experience.
Check out UNC-CH’s registered student organizations (RSOs) via Heel Life. If you do not find the perfect fit, the Office of Student Life & Leadership will work with you individually to get your connected or even help you start your own student organization.
Connecting while in Quarantine or Isolation
If you are required to quarantine and/or isolate, you may feel especially disconnected with your peers and the university. The Student Life team has created a list of helpful resources to make your time alone a little more pleasant.
Heel Life is an online platform where you can learn about and join registered campus organizations, find and attend events and track your involvement. Given our current circumstances, Heel Life is a great resource for you and/or your organization to virtually connect and stay engaged no matter where you are.
Whether you’re living on-campus, in the surrounding area or back at home, there are numerous opportunities to get involved and give back to your community. COVID-19 has impacted us physically, mentally, economically, socially and in many other ways. Now more than ever, people in your community or in vulnerable communities need help. Giving back is also a great way for you to engage with others and stay connected to your families, friends, and communities.
Carolina Center for Public Service
The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) offers a variety of programs that support service and engagement—providing you, as well as faculty and staff, many ways to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and connect your academic endeavors to making a difference in communities across North Carolina. CCPS offer both undergraduate student programs and graduate and professional student programs.
Career Planning and Services
Many of you are may be looking for internship opportunities, searching for post-graduate employment, exploring graduate school programs, or looking for a part-time job while you’re still in school. University Career Services (UCS) is a great resource where you can do all that and more with the support of dedicated career counselors who will help you navigate today’s career landscape.
University Career Services Resources
University Career Services is currently offering a range of virtual support options and resources. Explore the list below or email UCS if you have any questions or an individual needs.
Handshake is the UCS online portal that includes job and internship postings, as well as details about on-campus recruiting, career fairs, workshops, employer contact information, and more.
Important Dates for Voting in North Carolina:
- October 9: Deadline to register to vote if you want to vote by mail or in-person
- October 15-31: Early voting (you can register to vote during early voting)
- October 27: Last day to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail (i.e., postmarked) by November 3 or returned in-person to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on November. You can also return an absentee ballot to an early voting site Oct. 15-31.
- November 3: Election Day
Don’t forget that in order to vote in the election on Election Day, you must be registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote varies by state so make sure to look up the in the state where you plan to vote. The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is Friday, October 9, however, you can also register and vote at any of early voting site from October 15-31. Proof of residency is required. If you are an existing DMV customer, you can register to vote online.
Check out information for students about voting in the November general election for answers to frequently asked questions. You can also find more information at the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.
Many states offer early voting which allows you to cast your vote before Election Day. One-stop early voting in North Carolina (including Orange County) will run from Thursday, October 15 until Saturday, October 31, 2020. You may register to vote and vote in-person at the same time during this period; however, you may not vote on Election Day if you are not registered by October 9. The location closest to campus for Orange County voters will be Chapel of the Cross (304 East Franklin Street, next to Morehead Planetarium). If you are going to vote early in Orange County make sure to take a look at the early voting schedule for locations and hours. You can also find more information at the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.
Vote by Mail
If your housing situation has changed, or if you don’t want to visit the voting polls in person, you can still request an absentee ballot, and have it sent to the address of your choosing. You can request an absentee ballot through an online portal hosted by the North Carolina Board of Elections website. You can also track your absentee ballot using an online site also hosted by the state board of elections. Find more guidance for students at the North Carolina State Board of Elections and at the Orange County government website.
Check out information for students about voting in the November general election at UNC.edu for answers to frequently asked questions.
You will still be able to vote in person at the polling place where you are registered on Election Day on Tuesday, November 3. Many polling locations will have implemented new procedures to keep votes safe, such as mask wearing, social distancing, protective barriers, among other measures. Due to such changes, you should be prepared for long lines at polling locations on Election Day.
To find out the location and hours of your designated polling location, you should visit the Board of Elections website for your state. Polls in North Carolina will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina State Board of Elections has a tool where you can find your polling place as well as a tool to check your registration and download a sample ballot.
Not a North Carolina resident?
Visit the USA.gov voting site for information about voting in your state of residence.