Message from the Chief Diversity Officer

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Taffye Benson Clayton, EdD, Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer


Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton,  Vice Provost  for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Welcome to Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As the nation’s first public university, North Carolina’s flagship and a top-ranked research institution, Carolina continues to be “the light on the hill”. This mantra is an expression of our institutional ethos and a reflection of our values. Our commitment is as important today as ever while the people of our state and nation increasingly reflect on the richness of diversity. In DMA, we believe that the presence and integration of diversity throughout our student body, faculty, staff, and administration is a point of institutional strength that acts as a catalyst for excellence.

As stewards of diversity, we must ensure that our campus promotes the principles of equity and inclusion, and that we position Carolina to fully leverage the rich diversity on our campus. We are creating an environment that appreciates difference, fosters discovery, and advocates for inclusion. Our climate includes the campus community, our friends and visitors, our neighboring communities, and national and global environments. At the core of our work, we at DMA believe that diversity matters.

Diversity matters as an institutional value.  We understand that our student body, faculty, staff, alumni, and community represent many aspects of diversity. Our University’s diversity narrative reflects our nation’s history, our present multicultural and global society, and a future in which increasing diversity is inevitable. Future success lies in our ability to better understand, effectively engage, and fully leverage diversity as an asset in the classroom, the workplace, in our communities, and in our society.

Diversity matters in research and scholarship.  We understand that having faculty, staff, and students with diverse perspectives and approaches enriches the discovery and learning process, which fosters the highest levels of creativity and innovation. We also understand that we have an institutional mission to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Diversity matters in our communities and in our service. Carolina faculty, staff, students, and alumni are making an impact locally, nationally, and globally.  We understand that in order for Carolina and its graduates to be thought leaders, we must be equipped and ready to tackle the world’s problems from diverse viewpoints and with greater cultural awareness. Public service is part of Carolina’s mission and a critical aspect of DMA’s work. The diversity of our state, nation, and world requires and demands that we be culturally competent leaders.

We are enriching lives in DMA and aspire to be a national leader in diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.

Taffye Benson Clayton, EdD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs


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