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Our programs, and our service to the people of North Carolina, depend upon contributions from generous donors like you.

The Institute for Emerging Issues connects North Carolina to ideas and North Carolinians to each other. Our programs include the annual Emerging Issues Forum, which brings North Carolinians together to seek solutions to emerging challenges facing our state.

We serve the people of North Carolina in many other ways, from helping North Carolinians access the internet; to building their financial resilience; to developing our state’s future public policy leaders.

Our programs, and our service to the people of North Carolina, depend upon contributions from generous donors like you.

Gifts to the Institute for Emerging Issues Program Fund support our service to the people of North Carolina.

Emerging Issues Forum

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Attendees at the February 2020 Emerging Issues Forum, ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity.

The annual Emerging Issues Forum, founded by North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., and then-NC State Chancellor Bruce Poulton in 1986, brings North Carolinians together to seek solutions to challenges facing our great state. The current Forum initiative is looking at promoting educational attainment and workforce participation in North Carolina. Our previous initiative, ReCONNECT NC, conducted from 2018-2021, reviewed ways to bring the people of North Carolina together across geographic, economic and social divisions. Gifts to the Emerging Issues Forum Fund support this critical, annual program.

Hunt Internship Program

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The inaugural Governor and Mrs. James B. Hunt, Jr. Intern, Shevani Mehta, is an NC State senior from Holly Springs, NC. Here, she meets with Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

Young leaders are our future, and the Institute for Emerging Issues fosters North Carolina’s future public policy leaders through its Hunt Internship Program. The Program provides a paid, yearlong internship with the Institute to an NC State undergraduate interested in a public policy career. The program was founded by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., and his wife, Carolyn. Many others have given gifts to the Hunt Internship Fund in honor of Governor and Mrs. Hunt.

The inaugural Governor and Mrs. James B. Hunt, Jr., Intern, Shevani Mehta, is an NC State senior from Holly Springs, NC. Shevani is studying economics, Spanish, and international studies with a concentration in global relations. After graduating, she plans to pursue a law degree working in public interest. She is also a Park Scholar.

Gifts to the Hunt Internship Fund made Shevani’s internship with the Institute for Emerging Issues possible.

Public policy has been a passion of mine throughout my college career, and I am eager to pursue a lifelong career in the intersections of the field.

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Shevani Mehta

Inaugural Governor and Mrs. James B. Hunt, Jr., Intern

BAND-NC and Digital Equity

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BAND-NC Director Maggie Woods (left) moderated the “Coalitions and Digital Equity Planning” Panel at the Net Inclusion conference in Portland in Feb. 2022.

IEI is addressing the digital divide across North Carolina through a program called “Building a New Digital Economy in North Carolina” or BAND-NC. North Carolinians who don’t have access to the internet, don’t have a computer or laptop, or don’t know how to use them—for education, work, health or connection—are at an impossible disadvantage. BAND-NC promotes digital inclusion, meaning we are creating opportunities for all North Carolinians to access and be able to use affordable internet and devices. As recent events have proved, digital inclusion is more important than ever! Gifts to the BAND-NC Fund support this critical IEI initiative.

Over the last two years, we have all learned together why internet access and adoption is so critical. We can’t learn, work or shop from home without it, and we can’t access virtual health services without it. Under Maggie Woods’s leadership, BAND-NC has already supported digital inclusion projects in 62 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Now, thanks to grants from the Dogwood Health Trust and the State Employees Credit Union Foundation, we are reaching out to counties in northeastern and northwestern North Carolina, the Sandhills, and the area in western North Carolina served by the Dogwood Health Trust. This expansion is a terrific opportunity for these communities to lead the way nationally in digital inclusion. Research shows that greater adoption of broadband in these communities will lead to better health outcomes, stronger economic development, and better educational opportunity.

Project Resilience

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The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a global economic collapse that affected households, communities, and the nation. The coronavirus pandemic created major challenges for all aspects of people’s lives – jobs, healthcare, housing, education, social networks, and overall well-being. Through Project Resilience, IEI will closely examine one critical issue families have faced during the pandemic and previous recessions: significant impacts on personal finances. According to a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation nationwide poll early in the pandemic, 46% of U.S. households reportedly faced major financial problems during the initial coronavirus surge. Respondents identified depleted household savings, and inability to pay debts and afford medical care as major contributors to their fiscal instability. North Carolinians’ financial reality mirrored national trends with 1 in 6 – or 17% – of adults reportedly in arrears on rent, and 28% citing difficulty with affording basic household expenses. Gifts to the Project Resilience Fund support this important IEI program.

Project Resilience is an exploratory effort—based on best practices research and community-engaged feedback—that is designed to promote greater financial preparedness and resilience for North Carolinians. Project Resilience is led by IEI Policy and Program Manager Alicia James. It was founded through a contribution by the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

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Institute for Emerging Issues
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7406
Raleigh, NC 27695-7406

Other Ways of Giving: Other ways of giving to the Institute for Emerging Issues include wire transfers, gifts of stock, bank drafts, pledges and planned gifts. For more information about ways of giving to the Institute, please contact Director of Development Tony Reevy at awreevy@ncsu.edu or 919-515-3543.

For more information about making a gift to the Institute for Emerging Issues, contact Director of Development Tony Reevy at awreevy@ncsu.edu or 919-515-3543.