Diversity in Higher Education Spring Seminar

Dr. Daryl G. Smith

This special campus-wide diversity and inclusion experience has been rescheduled for April 14, 2015.

In partnership with the Provost’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity (PCIED), Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will feature Daryl G. Smith, Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology at Claremont Graduate University as the keynote for a seminar and facilitated discussion on Exploring the Institutional Diversity Framework at Carolina.

The rescheduled seminar will take place on April 14, 2015 in the Chancellors’ Ballroom, Carolina Inn from 9:00-12:30 pm.

In her keynote, Smith will share insights on integrating diversity into the organizational structure of the institution and discuss strategies on strengthening partnerships and policies related to diversity.

Following the keynote, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, James W. Dean Jr. will introduce Carolina faculty, staff and students from PCIED who will present the “Five Big Ideas” or recommendations for strategies that will help propel Carolina to the forefront of diversity and inclusive excellence. Members of PCIED have met over the last year developing the recommendations and strategies that represent Carolina’s commitment to inclusive excellence at all levels of the institution. The IDEAS (PCIED’s recommendations for action at Carolina) have been created using Smith’s (2009) Framework.

Registration is required to attend. If you had previously registered for the event, you will need to reconfirm your participation or you can register as a new participant here – http://tinyurl.com/divseminar

Daryl G. Smith's diversity framework from "Diversity's Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work"About Daryl G. Smith: Smith’s research, teaching, and publications have been in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, governance, diversity in STEM fields, and faculty diversity. She has served as an evaluator and consultant to numerous projects and campuses across the country and to foundations such as the James Irvine Foundation, the Haas Jr. Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Hewlett Foundation. She served on the advisory committee of several NSF Advance grants. Smith also served as one of three Principals responsible for the evaluation of the Campus Diversity Initiative for the James Irvine Foundation in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC This five-year project involved working with 28 private colleges and universities in California to develop their capacity to sustain and monitor progress on institutional diversity. That project resulted in a final report, 3 research briefs (on unknown students, faculty hiring, and the intersection of race and class), and a resource kit for campuses and a monograph, Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change. She was a participant in a Kellogg Foundation Research Advisory Board, Harvard Medical School, Building an Agenda for Research on Affirmative Action and Diversity in the health professions.Smith is the author of numerous books and publications including, Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work, Interrupting the Usual: Successful Strategies for Hiring Diverse Faculty and Diversity Works: The emerging picture of how students benefit. Smith is the recipient of the 2012 Howard R Bowen Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2012), the 2013 award for Research Achievement from the American Educational Association (Division J) and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Claremont Graduate University. Smith received her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Social Psychology and Higher Education, an MA from Stanford University in Student Affairs, and her BA from Cornell University in Mathematics.

About PCIED: Responsible for providing the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost with advisory guidance and recommendations for action, the PCIED consists of administrators, chairs, faculty, students, and staff uniquely positioned to influence, impact, and implement strategies by virtue of their roles within the institution. PCIED members are nominated by senior leaders at Carolina and are divided into topical workgroups in an effort to identify and address inclusive excellence and diversity successes and opportunities. With an emphasis on “recommendations for action,” this committee meets to identify, research, and propose strategies that can be reviewed by the Provost and implemented in some form—considering capacity and funding. This committee is a next step in Carolina’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.


Daryl G. Smith’s diversity framework from “Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work”


Celebrating Latina/o Culture

Celebrating Latina/o Culture Day (CLC Day) promotes awareness of Hispanic culture by hosting events to connect the Carolina campus and surrounding communities with Latina/o culture. This year, UNC’s Carolina Latina/o Collaborative and film producer Ted Roach will present a screening of the award-winning film “120 Days” at the Varsity Theater on Saturday, March 21 which captures an intimate look at the lives of one family of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the United States for over twelve years. The father, Miguel Cortes, could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. The film documents Miguel’s last official “120 days” in the United States, as he works hard, saves his money, and weighs his options about returning to Mexico alone, or changing his name and disappearing into another U.S. city to keep his family together.

“My goal in making “120 days” was to let viewers feel what it’s like to be Miguel and his family as they face these difficult decisions,” says director/producer Ted Roach. “In understanding their perspective, a lot can be learned about not only their plight, but also the same decisions that face millions of immigrants in America everyday.”

The event includes the film screening at 2:00 pm and a reception with the producer at 3:00. For more information about the film, visit www.120daysmovie.com.

11th African American History Month Lecture Rescheduled

The 11th Annual African American History Month Lecture, with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, has been rescheduled for April 7 at 7:00 pm. Dr. Muhammad will deliver his lecture titled “The Unbearable Likeness of Ferguson: The Origin Story of Now” in the auditorium of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Admission is free, but registration is required, at: http://tinyurl.com/UNCHistoryofNow.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Muhammad is at the forefront of scholarship on the dynamic relationship between race and crime that has shaped and limited opportunities for African Americans. In his monograph Condemnation of Blackness, Muhammad examines how public discussions about black criminality influenced the making of modern urban America. The lecture will lend a historical perspective to some of the critical issues of our time.

This event is co-sponsored by: African, African American and Diaspora Studies; American Studies; Black Student Movement; Center for the Study of the American South, College of Arts and Sciences; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Gillings School of Global Public Health; History; Institute of African American Research; Institute for the Arts and Humanities; Music; Office of the Chancellor; Office of the Provost; Religious Studies; School of Dentistry; School of Information and Library Science; Social and Economic Justice; Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

Students and Heroes Honored at MLK Lecture

MLK Award Winners Larry Hicks, Michael Morrison, Cecilia Polanco, Marty Davidson, and Tiane Mitchell Gordon

MLK Award Winners Larry Hicks, Michael Morrison, Cecilia Polanco, Marty Davidson, and Tiane Mitchell Gordon

During the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture, UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs honored three students and two unsung heroes with awards for embodying the spirit and legacy of Dr. King.

For the past 30 years, students who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life for all in our University have been awarded the annual MLK scholarships. Each year, a committee of students, faculty, and staff review applications and nominations for juniors who have demonstrated the ability to achieve and excel academically. Candidates are judged on the basis of their activities that demonstrate a record of commitment to improving the quality of life for others in the university community.

Students Scholarship Winners

This year’s three finalists were Marty Davidson II, Michael Morrison, and Cecilia Polanco.

Marty Davidson is a junior from Fanwood, New Jersey, studying Political Science. He has a strong interest in educational policy and mentorship. His interest has led him to join roles such as a co-chair of the Carolina Millennial Scholars Program, an Orientation Leader, and as a student educator at the Morehead Planetarium. He has also serves as the dock manager for the UNC Honor Court, an appointee to the Provost’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, and a member of the UNC Men’s Project.

Mr. Michael Morrison is a junior from Jacksonville, North Carolina, studying Public Relations and pursuing a double minor in History and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. By majoring in Public Relations he hopes to adequately serve as a voice for those whose voice is either overlooked or underrepresented. Mr. Morrison is the current Programs/Facilities Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a brother in the Mu Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Campus Coordinator for the service group Building Bonds Breaking Bars, a Buckley Public Service Scholar, and a member of Honors Carolina.

The third finalist and winner of the UNC Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship top honor was Cecilia Polanco. Ms. Polanco is a Junior Global Studies major with a minor in Latino/a studies at UNC Chapel Hill. A native of Durham, NC, Cecilia is a first generation college student with Salvadoran heritage. A Morehead-Cain scholar, Polanco was part of the first group of Global Gap Year Fellows that enabled her to take a year off to be a global citizen and do volunteer work abroad. While at Carolina, she has worked with the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office as a counselor for Project Uplift, encouraging students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds to pursue higher education. Polanco has worked closely with the Carolina Latino/a Collaborative as President of the Carolina Hispanic Association and is a participant in the Carolina Cultural Leadership Institute this year.

Unsung Heroes

Two who have championed diversity at Carolina were awarded the Unsung Hero award.

Unsung hero Tiane Mitchell Gordon, is founder and Principal of Square One, a consulting practice with subject matter expertise in diversity and inclusion from a theoretical and operational perspective has worked with Diversity and Multicultural Affairs as the Diversity Expert-in-Residence—consulting with staff and students enrolled in the Cultural Competence Leadership Institute. She has had a career-long history of developing effective partnerships and strategic alliances in for profit and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Mitchell Gordon’s last corporate position was as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for AOL, LLC.

The second unsung hero is Mr. Larry Hicks who is recently retired after serving nearly 30 years at Carolina. In his final role as Director of Housing and Residential Education, Larry championed issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within his department and across the University. He and the housing staff established diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values for the department, encouraging staff and students to actively engage and challenge one another in exploring issues and initiatives. These accomplishments include a Multicultural Competence Committee, an Equity and Inclusion Professional Development plan for all staff, a Multicultural Advisor program for student staff and diversity advocates, frequent programs and presentations on issues of inclusion, modification of hiring practices to ensure more diverse applicant pools, the push to provide gender non-specific housing in the residence halls to assist LGBTQ students in acclimating to the campus environment, working with campus colleagues on international student engagement issues, and supporting the highly successful Tunnel of Oppression program hosted by students and assisted by staff and campus partners.