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The Story of Us: Documenting and Preserving LGBTQIA Carolina History

As Carolina Pride Alum Network (CPAN) members, we are deeply committed to amplifying the voices of LGBTQIA experiences, and we have a unique opportunity now to tell our story and document our legacy at Carolina. CPAN is leading “The Story of Us,” a ground-breaking collaboration with Wilson Library, the Southern Oral History Program and the Department of Communication commited to preserving —and sharing — our voices. The project will include a permanent collection in Wilson Library, giving a broader and richer understanding of our history, not only to the LGBTQIA community but to the Carolina community as a whole.

The Story of Us will be coordinated in three project phases:

  1. University Archives will document the history of LGBTQIA life at Carolina, bringing together existing materials — including manuscripts, archives, photographs, recordings, websites and digital files (total support of $30,000)
  2. The Southern Oral History Program will collect oral histories of students, faculty and staff. (total support of $31,000)
  3. The Department of Communication will develop a performance, based on materials gathered in Phase I and II, to be staged in Memorial Hall. (total support is$31,000)


History Told, Voices Heard

$30,000 Match Challenge- We need you!

The total cost of “The Story of Us” is $92,000, which we aim to raise in two years.The great news is a San Francisco alumna and her wife have made a $30,000 challenge to our membership.  They will match dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 raised.

Chanel Chambers ’08 (M.B.A.)  is a Durham resident, and chair of the “Story of Us” project at CPAN. “I am excited to support ‘The Story of Us’ because it represents our legacy,” said Chanel. “LGBTQIA people have been a part of the fabric of this university for decades, if not centuries. Now is the time to recognize those experiences and honor that history.”

Join Chanel in helping us tell “The Story of Us.” Your support will fill in the historical gaps that represent the true richness and diversity of LGBTQIA life at Carolina.


To make a gift, click here. If you have items you would like to submit to the collection email us at

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