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Melinda Manning has served as UNC’s Assistant Dean of Students, including involvement in a wide range of the university’s policies and activities affecting students and giving particular leadership both to policy initiatives and to individual students involved with sexual and relationship violence, mental health issues, and the student judicial system. She previously served as an Assistant Area Director in UNC Housing and Residential Education, where she taught a seven-week seminar class for resident advisor applicants. Before her law degree she also gained experience as a middle-school social studies teacher for three years, as a Teach for America recruiter, and as a Martin Luther King Fellow with Legal Services of North Carolina-Advocates for Children’s Services in Raleigh.

Manning earned the Juris Doctor degree, the terminal degree in law, from the UNC Law School in 2001, and previously earned her B.A. in Political Science and History from UNC in 1994. She also received her MSW for the UNC School of Social Work in 2015.