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Habitat for Humanity & The Business of Building

August 30, 2012 By Santhia Muthusamy

Every year since 2005, the students, faculty and staff of UNC Kenan-Flagler have come together to fully fund and build a house for Habitat for Humanity. And we have fondly called it ‘The House that Kenan-Flagler Built’. UNC Kenan-Flagler had partially funded four houses from 2001 to 2005.

In 2005 Matt Williamson, the outgoing president of the MBA Student Association, challenged Kenan-Flagler to become a full partner with Habitat to build affordable homes. So far Kenan-Flagler has partially funded four houses and fully funded eight houses to the tune of $334,000. In addition to our local builds every weekend, groups of MBA students have also helped to build four international houses in Guatemala and Honduras.

This year marks the beginning of the ninth house that we will build in partnership with Habitat. As we serve the external community through this project, we also are building the community within UNC Kenan-Flagler by bringing together people from different programs.

This year we will be sponsoring the family of Yoe Moo and Paw Ku. They have three sons aged 10, 8 and 4. Yoe Moo works in UNC Housekeeping at the Dean Smith Center, Paw Ku works as an assistant with My Helpful Friend doing cleaning and organizing work, and the three boys are students at Carrboro Elementary School.

At the business school, we learn to be great at analytics, to ramp up the efficiency of everything we do, and to embrace the new technology. Being clever and awesome comes naturally to us. But, being involved with initiatives like this is a good reminder that it’s sometimes harder and more important to be kind than clever. They also send big signals about who we are, what we care about, and why people should want to affiliate with us!

One Comment

  1. Susie Martin
    9/29/2012

    Well said! It is indeed more important to be kind than clever. Good to see that Kenan-Flagler is endorsing this…