The admission requirements for residency at Carol Woods are nondiscriminatory with respect to race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation and gender expression.

Our 485 residents come from different countries, religions, lifestyles and viewpoints. Campus-wide, residents and employees are equally at the forefront of a welcoming and inclusive population in which differences are celebrated.

For many years, residents and board members expressed a desire for a more diverse community. In 2011, the Community Inclusiveness Task Force, composed of residents, prospective residents, board members and staff, was created to recommend and implement strategies to support efforts to more closely reflect the demographic diversity of the greater community.

Civil Rights Forum

The Carol Woods Civil Rights Forum Interest Group formed to recognize the 50th anniversary of significant legislation regarding the Civil Rights Movement. The group was interested in how residents participated in the Civil Rights Movement that eventually made the legislation possible.


These forums were held throughout 2015. Topics presented reflected residents' experiences from across the country. We encourage you to have a listen to some of the life experiences of our residents during this important era.



"1959 March on Washington, Introducing Dr. King"
Suzanne Fletcher | November 17, 2015
"40 Years as a Civil Rights Lawyer in the South"
Adam Stein | May 19, 2015
"Activism: Women's Rights/Civil Rights"
Miriam and Larry Slifkin | October 20, 2015
"Baptized in the Movement: Raleigh in the Sixties"
Collins Kilburn | December 15, 2015
"Became Aware of White Privilege"
Jan Dodds | October 20, 2015
"Church-Related Integration in Raleigh, NC"
Judy Smallwood | December 15, 2015
"Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs in Suburban Perrysburg, Ohio"
Mary Paterson | April 7, 2015
"Desegregating Wake Forest College, 1960-1964"
Joe Clontz | April 21, 2015
"First Year of Integration at Chapel Hill Elementary School"
Nancy Martin | June 16, 2015
"How I Brought Charlie Scott to UNC in 1966"
Nancy Elkins | April 21, 2015
"How the Civil Rights Movement Transformed Chapel Hill"
Bob Seymour | May 19, 2015
"Police vs People of Color in a Philadelphia Neighborhood"
Barry Freeman | April 7, 2015
"Preparations for Crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma 1965"
Gove Elder | June 16, 2015
"Racism in Chicago 1960s & 70s"
Ann Seng | November 17, 2015