TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte announce partnership with governor's village schools

  • TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte to provide educational support to Governor’s Village schools, including financial education, cultural experiences and mentoring programs for students, parents and faculty
  • TIAA-CREF donates personal computers and school supplies; volunteers assist in the beautification of school campuses

New York, NY - August 18, 2011

TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, and UNC Charlotte today announced a partnership to provide educational support to over 4700 students and 500 faculty members at Governor’s Village schools. Opened in 1996, Governors Village is home to four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS): John M. Morehead STEM Academy, Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, James Martin Middle, and Zebulon B. Vance High.

Working together with CMS to identify the specific needs of the Governor’s Village schools, TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte have partnered to develop a number of programs and initiatives that will take place throughout the school year, including:

  • Mentoring/Tutoring Programs – Starting in mid-September 2011 and running throughout the school year, TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte volunteers will provide tutoring and mentoring for students in Governor’s Village. UNC Charlotte faculty will provide training to all TIAA-CREF volunteers on best practices for being a mentor and tutor.
  • Governor’s Village Professional Development Conference – On January 23, 2012, TIAA-CREF will host, at the organization’s offices in Charlotte, a professional development conference for approximately 500+ teachers and faculty from the Governor’s Village schools. TIAA-CREF will provide financial services related topics for the conference, and the conference agenda will be developed jointly by TIAA-CREF, UNC Charlotte and CMS.
  • Job Shadow Event – In February 2012, TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte will host a job shadow event at TIAA-CREF offices for students in grades 8-12, in order to provide students with opportunities to gather information on a wide variety of career possibilities. Additionally, TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte staff and alumni will participate in Career Day at schools for students in grades 3-7.
  • Financial Literacy Employee Volunteer Program – In April 2012, to coincide with National Financial Literacy Month, TIAA-CREF employees will host financial education sessions with teachers, faculty and parents at the schools’ PTA meetings.
  • Athletics, Arts and Culture: Charlotte 49ers will host Governor’s Village students at a 49ers men’s basketball home game in November. Additionally, UNC Charlotte will invite students, faculty and staff to come to a spring performance at Robinson Hall.

“TIAA-CREF is dedicated to education and committed to supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Charlotte-based Gene Flood, Executive Vice President of Diversified Financial Services. “We are proud to partner with UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte school system to adopt these four schools to ensure that the students and teachers have the tools they need to be successful.”

“UNC Charlotte has a long-standing relationship with TIAA-CREF and we’ve made Governor’s Village an important part of our community outreach priorities,” said Mary Lynne Calhoun, dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Education “Through our combined volunteer time and resources, this partnership is about removing educational barriers to help deserving students achieve their full potential”

“We are grateful for the partnership and commitment from TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte,” said interim superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh. “Our students in the Governor’s Village can benefit tremendously from this initiative.”

TIAA-CREF also announced that it had donated approximately 500 personal computers to the Governor’s Village schools. The donated computers support TIAA-CREF’s belief that students should have access to technology and information for educational development and learning purposes.

In addition, TIAA-CREF donated school supplies for the Governor’s Village schools in the company’s annual “Backpacks and Knapsacks School-Supply Drive”. TIAA-CREF's "Backpacks and Knapsacks" program is a school supply effort championed by employees to support education through their donation of pencils, paper, backpacks and crayons for local schoolchildren.

Additionally, in advance of the start of the school year, dozens of TIAA-CREF and UNC Charlotte volunteers assisted in the beautification of the Governor’s Village schools campuses to prepare for the arrival of faculty and schoolchildren.

About TIAA-CREF
TIAA-CREF (www.tiaa-cref.org) is a national financial services organization with $469 billion in assets under management (as of 6/30/11) and is the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.

TIAA-CREF Media Contacts:
Chad Peterson
cpeterson@tiaa-cref.org
704 988-6811

John McCool
jmccool@tiaa-cref.org
212 916-6223

UNC Charlotte Media Contact<:
John Bland
jbland@unc.edu
704 687-5822

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Media Contact:
Lauren Bell
lauren.bell@cms.k12.nc.us
980 343-1081

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