Community meeting

2022 Employee Forum Community Meeting: Staff Wellbeing and Resilience at Carolina

To say that the last two years, and more, have been difficult would be an understatement. Our mental health deteriorated. At times our community has felt fractured. And yet, we persevered. As the Employee Forum is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of all UNC staff members, we feel it is our duty to take steps to meet staff where they are and make a serious effort to equip yourself with tools you can use to be happy. , healthy and productive.

The Employee Forum will hold a community meeting focusing on mental health, resilience and creating and maintaining a sense of community. There will also be a pop-up “Pandemic Postcards” activity sponsored by Arts Everywhere, a project intended to showcase, recognize and honor Carolina’s hardworking staff through artistic expression. We deeply hope that you will join us for this community gathering as we attempt to build and restore our minds, our spirits, and our community.

Event Information

When: Friday, March 25

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Zoom Webinar

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*You must use your [email protected] email address to register*

Please note that attendance at Forum community meetings is considered working time for staff if approved by their supervisor prior to the meeting and the meeting takes place during that employee’s regular work schedule.


Staff Wellness and Resilience Roundtable

Topic: Language surrounding mental health

Avery Cook, LCSW
CAPS Deputy Director
UNC Campus Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Topic: Emotions at work and positive deviance and resilience

Dr Shimul Melwani
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Kenan-Flagler School of Business
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Topic: How to build better organizations that support employee wellbeing

Dr Kevin McClure
Associate Professor, Higher Education
Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Presentation of the Heels Care network

Allison Reid
Executive Director of Communications
Student Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Q&A with panelists and wellness experts

Public, panelists and specialists

Pandemic Postcards pop-up session

Catherine Wagner
Associate Director
Arts Everywhere
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • During this 15-minute session, an Arts Everywhere staff member will lead the group in a short brainstorming activity to help inspire your own postcard creation. There are no guidelines or requirements as to what can appear on each postcard. Doodles, collages, self-reflections, and messages to a loved one, friend, or stranger are all encouraged.
  • To sign up for a take-out kit and learn more about the Pandemic Postcards project, visit Staff members who wish to acquire materials in advance can sign up for a take-home kit which can be picked up at the Ackland Art Museum, Morrison Art Studio, Wilson Library or Arts Everywhere office.
  • For those who prefer to create a virtual postcard, check out the online resources on creating postcards here.