UNC Trustees plan to open a new school. Critics say they’re creating a ‘conservative safe space.’

UNC Board of Trustees Vice Chair John Preyer comments on the proposal for the School of Civic Life and Leadership during the Board meeting January 26. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees are planning to create what some are calling a “conservative safe space” on campus. The board passed a resolution calling to “accelerate” the development of a School of Civic Life and Leadership.

Trustees say the school will help students develop skills for civil discourse and debate. But with board members largely appointed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, some on campus have questioned the Board’s methods – and motives behind the decision.

Sophie Mallinson has more.


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