The Global Relations staff members shape and articulate the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s global activity through support of partnerships and linkages, communications, academic and cultural programming, and exhibitions. The office works closely with units across campus to establish agreements with partner institutions; assist incoming and outgoing international visitors and delegations; maintain the UNC Global website, social media channels and promotions; and host global events and exhibitions in the FedEx Global Education Center, on campus and worldwide. Global Relations is also a resource for UNC units on international relations and protocol. The Global Relations offices are located on the first floor of the FedEx Global Education Center in Suite 1200, adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
Katie Bowler Young
Director of Global Relations
Katie Bowler Young is director of global relations for UNC Global. Her portfolio includes support for the University’s strategic and emerging partnerships and linkages, global communications, cultural programming and operations such as risk management. Young’s team shapes UNC’s international activity, including joint international academic and scholarly collaborations, high-profile international events, and cultural programming and art exhibitions at the FedEx Global Education Center. Her team oversees UNC’s international agreements and provides guidance in protocol.
Young is advisor to the student publication Carolina Passport and is a member of committees and working groups including the Global Risk Response Team and the Advisory Committee on the International Student Experience. From 2008-2011, Young was assistant dean for communications at UNC School of Law and editor of Carolina Law magazine. Prior, she led communications at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she was editor of the award-winning Global Health magazine.
Young is the biographer of Mexican sculptor Enrique Alférez and is the author of State Street (Bull City Press, 2009). Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Louisiana Literature, and other publications. Young has been a Louisiana Scholar at the Words & Music annual conference hosted by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, a finalist for the Marble Faun Poetry Prize and the recipient of awards from the New Orleans Press Club.
Among Young’s service work, she is a community arts organizer. She coordinated aspects of the most well-attended exhibition in the history of the Louisiana State Archives; “40 Days and 40 Nights” featured the work of more than 100 regional artists whose work examined the rebuilding of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Young is co-organzing a month-long series of events for the Triangle area focusing on “The Walls We Build,” an artistic examination of social, economic, environmental and political walls that divide people from one another (to be held June 2018).
Young worked on the staff of The Times-Picayune while in college and subsequently worked in film and commercial production and as manager of the proofreading department at Sounds True publishing. She earned an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from Warren Wilson College, where she was the Lisel Mueller Scholar and a Friends of Writers Scholar. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of New Orleans.
International Liaison Officer
Melissa McMurray serves as international liaison officer for UNC Global and is responsible for coordinating and hosting university-wide visits by institutional partners and other international delegations, providing protocol guidance and managing the Memorandum of Understanding and agreement process for the University, as well as providing additional support for University partnerships. She has also served as co-advisor for the student-published Carolina Passport magazine since 2010. Before her current appointment, she served as the special assistant for UNC Global since 2004, supporting the directors of development and global relations. Prior to joining the staff at UNC Global, she worked with international students at Georgetown University in the English as a Foreign Language Program to coordinate activities, events, student services and publications. She earned her master’s degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina and her bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Richmond.
Events and Exhibitions Manager
Ingrid Smith is the events and exhibitions manager for UNC Global. In her position, she collaborates with international units across campus to manage conferences, lectures, film screenings, music and dance performances, dinners and receptions, and art exhibitions. These events provide continuing global education to UNC students, staff, faculty and the North Carolina community. A North Carolina native, Smith was a Johnston Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her bachelor’s degree in international studies and German. She earned a European Commission scholarship to participate in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Global Studies program, which allowed her to receive a joint degree from both the University of Vienna and the University of Leipzig. During her graduate studies, her primary interest was linguistics with a focus on English as a lingua franca in international higher education. Before returning to UNC, Smith worked in a variety of capacities to foster international education and bolster professional and academic exchange. This included teaching English in Seoul, South Korea, and providing logistical support for programs at an international experiential education company.
Global Relations Assistant
Shannon Harvey provides communications and administrative support for the Global Relations office. Her responsibilities include editing and producing content for UNC Global’s external and internal communications, including the website, social media channels, reports, scripts, publications and newsletter. Harvey also manages a team of dedicated and talented communications interns. She is a current member of the University’s Employee Forum, representing Division 6, and is a UNC-Chapel Hill Safe Zone ally and Mental Health First Aider. Harvey previously worked in administrative support roles at Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her master’s degree in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 and earned her bachelor degrees in studio art, Plan II Honors, religious studies and history from UT Austin in 2006. Harvey’s graduate work explored religious and social activism, the history of the American South and memory studies.
Administrative Support Associate
Charlotte Eure provides administrative support for UNC Global, including assisting with events and exhibitions and international visits. She is responsible for creating the UNC Global bi-weekly newsletter and aggregating news content for the UNC Global website. Eure earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 in women’s and gender studies and communication with a concentration in media and technology studies and production. Before joining Global Relations, she completed a communications internship with the Southern Oral History Program and co-produced three episodes of the SOHP podcast, Press Record. Eure previously served as a program assistant for the UNC LGBTQ Center.