This week a working group of the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors recommended the closing of three research institutes at three separate UNC System schools. North Carolina Central University’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change (ICESC) was one of the institutions recommended for termination, along with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity and East Carolina University’s North Carolina Center for Biodiversity.
North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) ICESC has mainly advocated for voter empowerment and equity in underrepresented communities, in particular African-Americans and other communities of color. The institute has been a driving force behind the voter registration process on the campus and in the community that surrounds it. (Source: Read more)