Diversity & Multicultural Affairs releases the 2014-2015 Diversity Plan Report

UNC recently release its sixth annual report that describes Carolina’s state of diversity, evaluates academic performance, highlights successful strategies and recommendations for enhancing UNC’s capacity for promoting diversity and inclusion. In addition to cataloging the state of diversity at UNC, the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) Office, a unit in the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity & Engagement, hopes that the production of this report will inspire creativity and innovation within and among our campus community for pioneering new frontiers towards becoming a truly diverse and inclusive university.

Key Findings Include:

  • Cover from UNC Diversity_Report_2014-15Although there were no significant variations in racial/ethnic composition compared to the student demographic data from fall 2013, a marked increase was observed for the entering first-year underrepresented minority male students.
  • In comparison to UNC’s 15 benchmarking peers, the 2013 data of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reveals that UNC ranked first for having the highest concentration of female faculty and ranked second for the combined presence of Black, Hispanic, and American Indian faculty.  UNC also ranked second for the amount of White faculty and fell below 14 of our peers for the concentration of Asian and international faculty.
  • All of the 31 reporting units were actively engaged in publicizing the University’s commitment to diversity. As reported in the previous year, continuous efforts in providing diversity-related education, training, orientation and intergroup interaction were exemplified by many of the reporting schools and units this year.
  • Commitment and engagement to research that investigates the lives and experiences of underrepresented groups was evidenced in more than half of the reporting units (17 units, 54.8%).
  • Websites were the most utilized method for defining and publicizing a unit’s commitment to the University’s diversity goals among the reporting units (26 units, 83.9%).

For more information regarding this report and other diversity efforts, contact Xiaowen Qin, director for diversity research, assessment, and analytics, at diversity@unc.edu.

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Message from VC Entwisle, Dean Gil, and CDO Clayton: UNC is a Member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Dear Carolina Community,

We are pleased to announce that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is now a member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

IM flyer Updated 9.8.15_Page_1UNC Research, the College of Arts & Sciences, and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs have partnered to establish Carolina as a member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity or NCFDD. This membership is a significant accomplishment for Carolina and symbolizes the university’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence. As a member of the NCFDD, Carolina’s diverse cadre of graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and other academic professionals will have access to resources and support in the form of webinars, forums, mentoring, and other materials that assist with navigating academia.

The NCFDD is a highly regarded center with a national reputation and success record for supporting faculty members throughout their careers, towards accomplishing developmental career milestones such as securing postdoc appointments and achieving promotion and tenure. This effort aligns with Carolina’s mission to “serve as a center for research, scholarship, and creativity and to teach a diverse community”. We are excited about this new endeavor and encourage you to take advantage of the resources.

If you are interested in learning more about or connecting directly with the resources available through the NCFDD, please visit http://diversity.unc.edu/ncfdd. To activate your membership, follow the instructions listed on the site or you may contact NCFDD liaison Amy Johnson at amy@facultydiversity.org or 313-347-8485 for technical assistance.

Taffye Benson Clayton, EdD
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer
UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Barbara Entwisle, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research & Kenan Distinguished Professor
UNC Research

Karen Gil, Ph.D.
Dean & Lee G. Pedersen Distinguished Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Carolina celebrates 2015 American Indian Heritage Month

The month-long celebration will include the 7th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies; cultural activities such as a beading workshop and the 2nd annual evening of indigenous storytelling; a dramatic performance by DeLanna Studi (Cherokee nation) of “And So We Walked”, film screenings of “Voices of the Lumbee” and “Code of Honor: Comanche Code Talkers of World War II” and, a native narrative campus tour in addition to the weekly Ani Kahwi (Cherokee coffee hour)

Meet DMA recruitment programs coordinator – Rachel Tates

RTates Head ShotRachel Tates has turned her passion as a Carolina student into a profession. Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) is pleased to introduce our recruitment programs coordinator, Rachel Tates. Part of DMA’s Inclusive Student Excellence (ISE) team, Tates coordinates ISE’s signature access programs such as Project Uplift, North Carolina Renaissance (NCR) and Decision Days for high achieving high school students from underrepresented groups and for incoming first-year students and current Carolina undergraduates programs such as Achieving Carolina Excellence and Beyond Carolina. An alumna, Tates arrived at Carolina as a summer bridge participant and has been involved with DMA from her undergraduate years as a staff member of the Minority Student Recruitment Committee.

Raising the Profile

Nearly 3000 high school and current Carolina students participate in ISE’s access and support programs. Tates is charged with elevating the student experience and raising the profile of signature recruitment programs through a strategic focus on providing students with academic simulations, a sense of student life experience, and a cultural perspective on life at Carolina. “A critical goal of the programs is intentional and targeted outreach to increase the diversity of participants and foster a culture of inclusive excellence.” said Tates.

 “Working with DMA means I get to see students become Tar Heels for life – I love meeting students at North Carolina renaissance, seeing them again at Project Uplift and watching them matriculate to UNC, become student leaders on this campus and beyond. Just knowing that I have a hand in the pipeline for student success is what truly inspires me to continue my work.”

From Access to Success

One of Tates responsibilities is to build on the success of ISE’s access, support and success programs and further develop a recruitment-to- graduation continuum for Carolina students. A major component of this vision is the “College to Corporate” initiative that serves as a skill and professional development tool for current upper-class UNC students from under-represented groups to transition into the global workforce. “The focus is less on designing new programs and more on enhancing the current experiences by including more communities of students for inter-group and high impact opportunities that will add to their Carolina story.” said Tates.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ Inclusive Student Excellence (ISE) recruitment and outreach programs reflect UNC’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive academic community. To learn more about this program and other programs and initiatives through ISE, please visit diversity.unc.edu/inclusive-excellence.

High School Honors Day inspires future Tar Heels

The 2015 High School Honors Day (HSHD) brought more than 230 high school seniors and parents from across the state to attend the daylong immersive program. HSHD is one of many programs sponsored by Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to attract a diversity of high achieving students to Carolina. Academically talented high school seniors who are African American, American Indian, Latina/o, Asian American, low income or rural students, or from other historically underrepresented populations are invited to attend the program. “One of the goals of this program is to make an effort to recruit more students from underrepresented populations, by encouraging them to apply.” said Director of Inclusive Student Excellence, Ada Wilson Suitt.IMG_2112

An aspect of High School Honors day that students appreciated was the balance of information and interaction. An example of this was the informational session led by Carolina Colors – a student leader group. Split into five groups, participants were informed about various topics such as scholarships/financial aid, campus life, the college application process, FAFSA/CSS among others. Following the learning, the Carolina Colors staff engaged participants in a game of Jeopardy! to assess information that the students had received from the session.

“I received a lot of information about how to get into Chapel Hill, and most of my questions were answered. I enjoyed being split into different groups and interacting with other high school and UNC students, all while learning more about the university,” said Jordan Snipes a high school student from Fayetteville.

“I’ve been to many other open houses, and Carolina is the only place where students were taken aside and engaged in fun activities. I also liked the time frame, the fact that we were able to come during school and really observe what the student life is like was eye opening,” says high school scholar Justin Bracken.

Suitt recollecIMG_2128ts her role as a student on-campus coordinator planning High School Honors Day almost a decade ago, “I heard from students on how this program helped them see Carolina as the place they wanted to be.”

DMA collaborates with a number of campus units and departments to design HSHD as a welcoming and interactive space to propel high achieving students towards becoming future TarHeels. UNC sophomore and one of the HSHD student counselors, Nicholas Hackley believes current students can be the best motivators, “This was very rewarding; it’s basically a reciprocation type of thing. As I’m living the Carolina life and going through the daily motions, it’s hard to remember all of what’s on campus. But when you’re actually investing into potential students who want to come here, it’s very gratifying, and reminds me of why I’m here.”

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ Inclusive Student Excellence (ISE) recruitment and outreach programs reflect UNC’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive academic community. To learn more about this program and other programs and initiatives through ISE, please visit diversity.unc.edu/inclusive-excellence.

Carolina Celebrates 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month

HHM 2015 BannerThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be celebrating its sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The Carolina Latina/o Collaborative (CLC) in Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA), in collaboration with various campus partners coordinates the celebration calendar at Carolina.

National Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the contributions made by Latina/o Americans to the United States while celebrating their heritage and culture. The month long celebration starts with an annual kick off on Sept. 15 at the Pit and will feature more than 17 events showcasing Latina/o diversity.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a great event for campus because it brings awareness to the Latinx culture, its diversity and its uniqueness,” said Diana Regalado, co-director of the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative. “ It exposes its beauty to people who would not get the opportunity to see it otherwise.”

HHM Keynote: Actress and activist, Diane Guerrero

HHM Keynote: Actress and activist, Diane Guerrero

This year’s keynote speaker will be Colombian-American actress Diane Guerrero. Guerrero is known for her role as Maritza Ramos on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black,” and Lina on “Jane the Virgin.” Guerrero is also writing “In the Country We Love,” a book that will tell the story of the unexpected deportation of her family to Colombia in 2000 and its impact on her life.

The month will include signature events such as:

  • Annual “HHM Kickoff” – September15
  • Keynote: Diane Guerrero – October 04
  • Top of Lenoir dinner – October 08
  • Carolina Hispanic Association’s Annual “Carnaval!”- October 09

“The growth, presence and contributions of Latinas/os at UNC can been seen throughout our campus. Hispanic Heritage Month at UNC is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the contributions and culture of this growing segment of the American population and underline our commitment to an inclusive Carolina Community.“ says Josmell Perez, assistant director for Multicultural Programs and Carolina Latina/o Collaborative at DMA.

The official events calendar for HHM can be found at clc.unc.edu. For more information, please contact Josmell Perez at (919) 843-5517 or email at clc.unc@gmail.com.


The Carolina Latina/o Collaborative is in its 9th year of operation within the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The Carolina Latina/o Collaborative is committed to developing a greater awareness of Latina/o issues, cultures and identities by building collaborative relationships across campus and the community. The CLC provides a supportive environment for students, faculty, staff and alumni to discuss and understand important issues that affect the Latina/o community. The Hispanic Heritage Month is hosted by the CLC, Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee and multiple university departments.

Meet New DMA Team Member Sherri Cloyd, Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer

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Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is pleased to announce the arrival of new staff member, Sherri Cloyd. Cloyd will serve as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Taffye Benson Clayton, Ed.D.

As executive assistant, Cloyd will provide executive level coordination and support to the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer and will be responsible for administrative management of the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs unit. She will serve as the front line administrative professional representing the Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Diversity Officer to a wide spectrum of constituents, to include faculty, staff, students, national partners, donors, alumni, unit and institutional stakeholders and community leaders and will correspond and engage with administrative professionals in the Chancellor’s Office, the Provost’s Office, as well as the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement and other Vice Chancellors, various Deans’ offices, corporations and organizations.

Cloyd brings to the DMA and UNC-CH, over 20 years of experience as an administrative professional. She has previously worked for different types of organizations, including non profits and most recently two different Chambers of Commerce where she supported high level executives. She carries expertise in developing processes and procedures. She has experience in supporting diversity and equity in her most recent position where she worked with the president of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce in Denver. The CWCC’s mission was to assist women in all areas including equality of pay as well as the success of women-owned businesses.

For more information about DMA and diversity efforts at UNC-CH, visit: diversity.unc.edu.

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THINKposium Challenges Participants to Engage in a “High Ordered Thinking Process”

UNC Diversity ThinkPosium Intersectionality is the idea that experiences depend on all aspects of a person’s identity rather than just one. This concept was explored and discussed among over 150 faculty and staff during the 3rd annual THINKposium. Intersectionality has been applied to examining the intersectional nature of any social identity including religion, ethnicity, immigration status, veteran status, age and sexuality within research, teaching and workplace dynamics.

One of the goals of the THINKposium was to not only provide to introduce concepts and provide promising practices but also provide a space that is this blend of think tank and brainstorming along with education, learning, and discovery. In addition to those things, the THINKposium was also an opportunity for members of the campus community to become better equip to transform working and classroom environments, and in turn, transform Carolina, said Dr Taffye Benson Clayton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) and Chief Diversity Officer at Carolina.

State Of Diversity at Carolina

Benson Clayton delivered the annual “State of Diversity at Carolina” that provided highlights from the 2014-2015 Diversity Plan Report and updates from institutional efforts towards advancing diversity at the institution.

“I would like for you to consider how Carolina is at an intersection. There have been a number of moments over this past year that is certainly shaping diversity and inclusion at Carolina, moments where we can think about “what’s at the intersection?” How is identity, place, and space being considered or in many cases, reconsidered? Think about it and lets roll up our sleeves and get messy,“ said Clayton.Group 10

Clayton’s message provided an overview of institutional efforts including the work of the Provost Committee on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity (PCIED), Provost’s Minority Male Workgroup, and the Faculty Governance’s Committee on Community and Diversity and how these efforts connect to an Inclusive Excellence framework. She went to to review Carolina’s renaming of Saunders Hall; rededication of The GIFT by renowned artist and citizen of the Haliwa Saponi nation, Senora Lynch; launch of UNC Core – a program targeting military veterans returning to school, Carolina Conversations, the launch of DMA’s College to Corporate initiative to bridge the gap between employer expectations and student skills; and launch of Inclusive Excellence at Carolina – a new online resource that provides the campus and greater public with a framework for understanding and applying inclusive excellence in higher education.

Participants had the opportunity to share diversity initiatives from their departments and units as part of “Appreciating Achievements”. “Sharing promising programs and policies serve as creative ways that departments problem solve related to recruitment, retention and workplace climate and can share their practices with others who are looking for strategies.” said Sharbari Dey, assistant director for diversity education and special initiatives at DMA and one of the THINKposium coordinators.

Keynote Terrell Strayhorn

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a professor of higher education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE), senior research associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and faculty affiliate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the Criminal Justice Research Center, delivered the keynote for the event and challenged participants to engage in a “high-ordered thinking process. ”DSC03708

He offered experiences and strategies for disruption of bias from his own work as faculty and diversity advocate:

  • Embrace the role of a cultural navigator
  • Engage in intrusive mentoring with high expectations of the mentees
  • Using one’s power and positionality for social justice
  • Reframing conversations to center the experiences of marginalized groups
  • To question mono causal explanations for decisions
  • Use data to redirect and positively disrupt assumptions

Collective Learning

Thinkposium GroupThe afternoon session facilitated by associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Dr. Tanya Shields and Sharbari Dey focused on using Lynn Weber’s framework to delve into applying an intersectional lens to disrupt dominant and unexamined power using five elements: historically and geographically contextual, socially constructed, power relations, macro socio-structural and simultaneously expressed. Participants engaged in small group discussions on three scenarios related to ‘how space matters’, ‘interpersonal communications’ and ‘the daily balancing of our colleagues’. The final part of the day was dedicated to implications for actions and processing the experience.

“It was exciting to hear an inspirational keynote, learn from colleagues and reflect on ways that we can be creative and disrupt the norm to create a truly inclusive Carolina,” reflected a THINKposium participant.

THINKposium was hosted by Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Faculty Excellence, and co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Governance and Employee Forum.

For more information about this and other diversity education efforts, visit DMA’s Diversity Education and Research Center at diversity.unc.edu/derc

CLC Hosts Open House

The Carolina Latina/o Collaborative (CLC) officially kicked off the school year with its annual Week of Welcome Open House on Monday, August 17, welcoming over 100 students, faculty and staff. The CLC, located in the Craige North Seminar Wing, was filled with excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming academic year.

DSC_0667New and transfer students had the opportunity to network and socialize with current undergraduates, faculty, and staff. As part of CLC’s commitment to developing a greater awareness of Latina/o issues, cultures and identities and building collaborative relationships across campus and the communities, the Open House serves as a space for students to explore the Latina/o community at UNC through learning about organizations: La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Omega Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc., Students United for Immigrant Equality (SUIE), and the Carolina Hispanic Association (CHispA)., academic programs and immersion opportunities to enrich their Carolina journey.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton welcomed students and encouraged them to continue to participate in the many learning and growth offerings of the CLC. Study Abroad advisor Rodney Vargas and director of the Program in Latina/o Studies Dr. María DeGuzmán introduced their programs and discussed ways in which students could increase their awareness and engagement with Latina/o issues.

First year students also had the opportunity to sign up for the Latina/o Mentoring Program (LMP). LMP matches all incoming first year Latina/o students with current undergraduates students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members.

“Open House is one of the highlights of the year for us to create community, welcome everyone the wonderful space and showcase Latina/o culture at Carolina,” said Josmell Perez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs and Carolina Latina/o Collaborative at DMA.

CLC Open House group pictureCarolina senior and former CLC intern, Cecilia Polanco introduced her family-centered, innovative social change entrepreneurial venture – So Good Papusas. Polanco, whose family immigrated from El Salvador, started this food truck and catering business with her family to create community partnerships with local homecooks and has plans to use the profits to start a foundation that will provide scholarships for undocumented students to attend college. Polanco’s family provided a tasting of their inspiring culinary venture for the participants.

“If you really want to make a difference, you work with what you have. I have my family, I have papusas, and I have you [the customer] – I am going to make them work for me. You have the next few years to think about how you can make a difference, this is your Carolina and you can be the change,” said Polanco.

For more information about Latina/o culture at UNC-Ch or the CLC, please visit clc.unc.edu.