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Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2019


During the UNCG fall break, 35 student leaders participated on a tour of various historic areas in Virginia and Washington, D.C. for the 2019 Civil Rights Pilgrimage (CRP). The CRP is an opportunity for students to embark on an educational experience over fall break to draw connections between activism from historical Civil and Human Right Movements and contemporary social movements. At each historic site visited, students were tasked with not only touring and learning the respective history, but to think through and plan creative methods in which they could share the information with fellow students and staff of the UNCG campus and community. The trip was chaperoned by four Division of Student Affairs staff members: Daisy Santiago (Office of Intercultural Engagement), Robert Barker (Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities), Kristina Gage (Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement), and Demarcus Merritt (Office of Housing & Residence Life).


Itinerary and Feedback:

October 12

Booker T. Washington National Monument Hardy, Va.

Robert Russa Moton Museum Farmville, Va.

“I was able to uncover and be exposed to new information regarding education and civil rights. It uncovered a new appreciation for my own personal education and the access I have to it.”

October 13

Jamestown Settlement / American Indian Intertribal Powwow Williamsburg, Va.

“The Pow Wow was the highlight of this day for me… I enjoyed learning about the Native American history and it was super informative and interesting.”

October 14

National Museum of African-American History and Culture Washington, D.C.

National Archives Building and Museum Washington, D.C.

“LOVED THIS DAY, and I wish we had more time! The National Museum of African-American History and Culture was beautiful…”

October 15

Hampton University Museum Hampton, Va.

Fort Monroe Fort Monroe, Va.

“I am grateful for the experience and the opportunity to fill many gaps in my knowledge of my African-American history.”

“I believe that seeing Fort Monroe was a great ending and a great last stop for the end of the trip. It was a beautiful site to just sit and be at peace and soak up everything from each day of the trip.”

86% of student leader participants who completed the CRP assessment indicated that they met five or more people on the trip, and 100% indicated that they would recommend the experience to another student.

“I do believe CRP really pushed us to look at the importance of working across different identities because we are all one. None of us are alone in this fight and our trip leaders really emphasized that.”










Student Stories: Arley Arriaga

This month’s Student Story features Arley Arriaga, a junior Nutrition and Dietetics major and an Army National Guard veteran. Arley, a Winston-Salem native, was recently named a recipient of a Student Veteran Scholarship from the Guilford Rotary Charitable Foundation. 

Are there particular Division of Student Affairs offices that have made a significant impact on your time here?

The Military-Affiliated Services office was able to make my transition from a community college much easier. Any questions or issues I had on attending the University was always taken care of. Everyone in the office from the staff to the work-study students have always made me feel welcomed and a part of the group – I was able to instantly make friends as soon as I got there. As a veteran myself, finding other fellow veterans within the campus was important. Us veterans tend to seek one another to continue having that bond we all had in the military, and UNCG’s Military-Affiliated Services office resembles that.

What does student leader mean to you? 

A student leader is a UNCG student who is not someone who holds the title of a leader, but someone who leads by example. There are many work-study students within Military-Affiliated Services that not only exemplify what a leader is by having good GPA scores but by helping other fellow students reach their potential and continue being a service to others by volunteeting within the community.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

I’ve become more versed on what it means to be a leader by gaining different experience with a diverse group of individuals.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

UNCG is a diverse, welcoming university that allows you to feel like you belong there. Your experience here will not only help you reach whatever goal you have for yourself but give you the tools to make an impact on the world.

It doesn’t matter what background you come from, you have a place here at UNCG.

What advice would you give to students who may be looking to find ways to get more involved on campus?

Look for clubs or organizations that have similar interests that you may have. UNCG offers many programs that range from dancing to cultural interests that can help you explore campus life.

What’s your favorite UNCG memory so far?

My favorite UNCG memory is hanging out at the Military-Affiliated Services offive. There, I can interact with a wide range of people with different backgrounds and forget any stressors I may be having that day.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care? Can you share an example of a time where you felt supported and cared for as a student?

There were times that I was questioning if continuing my educations was in my best interest, but the Military-Affiliated Services staff was there to talk to me and reassure me that everything would be fine.

UNC Greensboro has a proud legacy of embracing veteran students dating as far back as the Woman’s College alumnae returning from service as WAVES, WACS, and nurses in World War II. Today, we strive to create a welcoming and constructive atmosphere for one of our nation’s greatest resources: our veterans. UNCG has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a Best for Vets Gold College by Military Times, and a Top 15% Best Colleges for Vets by College Factual. To learn more about Military-Affiliated Services, visit their website

Mumps: Frequently Asked Questions

What is mumps, and what are the symptoms?

Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Then, most people will have swelling of their salivary glands. This is what causes the puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.

How is mumps spread?

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or talking; sharing items that may have saliva on them, such as water bottles or cups; participating in close-contact activities with others, such as playing sports, dancing, or kissing; or touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

When is someone contagious?

An infected person can likely spread mumps from a few days before their salivary glands begin to swell to up to five days after the swelling begins. A person with mumps should limit their contact with others during this time.

How is mumps treated?

Management for mumps is similar to the flu. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Take Motrin or Tylenol for fever and swelling, drink fluids and get plenty of rest. One of the most important steps you can take if you experience symptoms is to self-isolate , avoid travel and limit contact with others for five days from the onset of symptoms . For healthy people, there is very little risk of serious complications from the mumps.

How can I verify my immunization status?

In addition to checking with your family or primary care physician, students can verify their immunization records on file with the University via the patient portal.

Is it safe to visit UNCG for Family Weekend or admissions tours?

Yes, it is safe to visit campus. Mumps is spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets. Casual contact, such as visiting campus, offers minimal risk.