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UNC Student Body President, Lamar Richards, greets students at the New Student Convocation held at Kenan Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Monday August 16, 2021. Executive director of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship, Bernard Bell, was the featured speaker.

Lamar Richards speaks at the fall New Student Convocation. (by Jon Gardiner)

Student Body President named Presidential Fellow

Lamar Richards, a UNC junior and student body president, has been named a 2021 Presidential Fellow.

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress sponsors highly qualified, academically gifted and service-oriented students from top schools around the nation. This year approximately 55 scholars were chosen.

Presidential Fellows complete research on their individual campuses in a specific area of social science and present that research in front of members of Congress and the Executive Branch. A publication will highlight the fellows’ research. The scholars will receive financial support throughout the duration of the nine-month fellowship.

Richards is a public policy major in the College and a human organizational leadership and development major in the School of Education. He is also pursuing a psychology minor. He is passionate regarding matters of social justice, racial equity and civil rights.

Richards has served the University in many leadership roles prior to being elected student body president in February — including vice chair of the finance committee in the Undergraduate Senate, chair of the Commission on Student Equity and chancellor appointee to the Campus and Community Advisory Council.

He is also a Buckley Public Service Scholar and has recently finished up work this past summer as a 2021 SECU Public Service Fellow.