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Important Information for Registered (In-Person) Participants

This page is for REGISTERED participants of Reaching Across. Please review all details carefully. Questions can be directed to Teachers who have been registered for this event should add,,, and to their safe senders list to ensure you receive updates about the event this summer.

UPDATE (as of 7/8/22):

Due to a rise in COVID cases in our specific area, masking will now be required while in the seminar room at the Rizzo Center, except when eating or drinking. Additionally, our Tuesday evening dinner has been cancelled. In-person participants will instead receive up to $35 in reimbursement for dinner on your own. Please keep a receipt to turn in with your paperwork and BRING A VOIDED CHECK so that your reimbursement can be direct deposited into your account.

Event Date & Agenda

Reaching Across will take place Tuesday, July 12 – Wednesday July 13. This will be an exciting event for many reasons, including the fact that we’ll be joined both by participants in person, as well as participants via Zoom! (Please note in-person attendees must be able to attend all sessions, including Tuesday’s dinner.) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AGENDA.


If you find at any point you cannot attend, it is critical you e-mail Joanna Sierks Smith at with a cancellation notice.. Failing to cancel and then not showing up results in extreme financial and resource waste, as well as prevents another teacher from filling the coveted spot. A $75 “no show” charge may be applied to your credit card if you do not show up or cancel in a timely fashion. (***Please note that cancellations related to an emergency, sudden illness, or COVID-19 will not be subject to a charge, but it is imperative you provide as much notice as possible so that our staff can plan accordingly.)

In-Person Event Location & Parking

Click HERE for a map of the Rizzo Center property (p.1) & directions (p.2)

Our entire event will be held in McLean Hall in Room 340 at the Rizzo Center, located at 150 Dubose Home Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517(building #2 on the map.)

Our event will kick off on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 am. Please arrive no later than 10:20 am to give yourself time to park and make your way to McLean Hall, Room 340.

Parking is available on site:

  • Commuter parking is available in the visitor’s lot near the entrance to the Rizzo Center. (See #6 on the map marked with a red arrow.) After turning onto DuBose Home Lane, take the first right into the main visitor’s parking lot. Follow the highlighted path on the map to McLean Hall. It’s a 3-5 minute walk from the parking lot to McLean Hall.
  • Hotel Guest Parking is available near the entrance to the hotel. (See #5 on the map marked with a green arrow.) After turning onto DuBose Home Lane, continue past Loudermilk Hall and Maclean Hall on the left. Bear left down the hill to the parking lot. While check in will not occur until 5:00 pm, overnight guests should go ahead and park in the hotel parking lot.

Overnight Guests/Hotel Information

Click here for information about the Rizzo Center’s hotel rooms and accommodations. Each room has its own refrigerator, and a guest pantry offers free snacks and beverages. A full breakfast is offered for hotel guests in the morning.

Click here for information about the Rizzo Center’s hotel rooms and accommodations. Each room has its own refrigerator, and a guest pantry offers free snacks and beverages.

Dress Code/What to Pack

  • The dress code is professional/business casual, though wear comfortable shoes. Our day on Tuesday will end with a Teacher Appreciation Dinner. (There will be time to change in your room before dinner should you choose.)
  • While July is usually sweltering outside, we recommend packing a sweater or jacket in case the seminar room is chilly.
  • Please bring a voided check and your social security number. Paperwork will be provided at the event for you to fill out. Your dinner reimbursement (and if you requested it, travel stipend) will then be direct deposited 30-45 days post event.

Meals for In-Person attendees

  • Snacks will be provided both days of the event.
  • Lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The Tuesday evening dinner has been cancelled; each participant will instead be reimbursed up to $35 for dinner on your own.
  • Continental breakfast items and coffee are provided outside the seminar room for all participants; overnight guests have access to a breakfast buffet in the Meadowmont Grill starting at 6:30 am. (Please give yourself time to eat and make it by our Wed. AM start time.)

Special Accommodations

If you have any type of mobility issues or need any kind of special accommodations to make you more comfortable during the seminar, please e-mail

Zoom Attendees

An email with a zoom link will be sent the afternoon of Monday, July 11th. If you do not receive the email with the link by 5pm, please e-mail and one of them will provide you with the link.

Our Generous Funders

This program is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is part of the national “A More Perfect Union” initiative, which administered and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.