by Charlie Shelton
The Board of Governors will vote Friday whether to close three centers across the state. The Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC’s School of Law is one of the centers on the chopping block. UNC’s Center for Civil Rights is also up for further review. Critics of the Board of Governors have said these centers are targeted because the work they do and the people who run them go against the Republican-run state legislature. Board member Steve Long says these centers are not within UNC’s academic mission and should be re-evaluated. Long spoke with us about why the board is looking at these centers in particular, and ways the university can continue the Poverty Center’s work.