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Tar Heels’ True North

Terrestrial stretched out illustration map shows five graphical images representing stories in the cover package: a bridge, a brain, a soccer ball, a cooking pot, a camera and artist's palette and a little mini compass with Old Well at center. (illustration by John Roman) (Illustrations by John Roman)

IN OUR COVER PACKAGE: In casual parlance, “true north” refers to finding the right path on life’s journey. Herein are five stories of Tar Heels who directed their compass toward creating a better tomorrow: A Carolina alumna who founded a nonprofit to cure clubfoot around the world. An undergraduate student who launched a cooperative to help refugee women in the Triangle share their food and culture. A graduate student whose research targets troubled teens. A scholar who studies artists’ representations of immigration issues as a means to transform prejudice into understanding. A program that bridges the town-and-gown divide through humanities scholarship for the public good.

Find more stories about inspiring Tar Heels throughout the magazine, including an alumnus who is a leader in fighting doping in athletes, an undergraduate who’s a decorated military veteran, an alumni couple who ignite a magical spark in young readers and a faculty member whose research may speed disaster recovery efforts worldwide and at home.

Stories:

Bridging our silos

Making miracles happen

Overcoming barriers through food

Examining what divides us

From math to mental health