Nominations for the UNC University Diversity Awards are now open. The University Diversity Award recognizes significant contribution to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity on the campus and in the community. Award categories are: faculty, staff, undergraduate student, graduate/Professional student, department or unit, student organization, alumni, and community member or organization. Nominations are due February 9.
In an effort to raise money for the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC, Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) is planning a 5k race and 1 mile “fun run”. Participation in the 5K will include breakfast and lunch, as well as a T-Shirt for the first 300 people to register. The price for participation in the 5k is $10 and and a donation of five items of non-perishable food. There will also be volunteer opportunities for individuals to help facilitate the 5k (distributing water and food to runners, monitoring race paths, etc.). In addition to the 5k, there will be opportunities for groups of volunteers who will provide service in various locations on campus. In conjunction with the 5k and campus volunteering, R.O.C.T.S. is partnering with Carolina Cupboard to collect canned goods throughout the month of January. Please pre-register for the race at http://rocts.web.unc.edu/move-dream-5k/.
Daryl G. Smith, Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology at Claremont Graduate University will be the keynote
for this seminar on Tuesday, February 17. Smith is well known for her research, teaching, and publications in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, governance, diversity in STEM fields, and faculty diversity. She 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 will discuss strategies and share insight on integrating diversity into the organizational structure of the institution and strengthening partnerships/policies related to diversity. For a complete description of the seminar, please visit diversity.unc.edu/seminars.
The seed of an idea from one faculty member planted in the mind of one administrator blossomed Wednesday, December 10 into a full-fledged celebration of faculty diversity.
The latest version of the Diversity Plan Report produced by UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is available in PDF format. This is the fifth report describing Carolina’s state of diversity and builds on the annual diversity reports submitted by academic and administrative units in 2013 and 2014, and institutional data provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The report gives a snapshot of the current state of diversity, examples of units’ efforts to improve diversity based on the University’s five diversity goals, and recommendations to improve diversity at UNC.
Since the implementation of the five diversity goals, units and schools across campus continue to increase their efforts regarding diversity and inclusion. The report provides examples of campus-wide efforts, progress, achievements, and institutional challenges in advancing the diversity goals. The final section of the report gives recommendations that should mitigate the difficulties and challenges units faced in advancing diversity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill.
UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is a unit in the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement and serves as the diversity arm of the University. DMA is led by Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer Taffye Benson Clayton and has the responsibility of providing university-wide leadership in building and sustaining an inclusive campus community that values and respects all members of the university community and beyond.
A new pipeline program for underrepresented middle school males has the makings of what promises to be a very popular event. Tar Heel Preview Day, hosted by the Carolina Millennial Scholars Program (CMSP)—an initiative of UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA)–invited over 150 students from diverse backgrounds for a visit to the Carolina campus. The event provided an experience that was both educational and exciting. Attendees from Durham, Wake and Orange counties learned what they need to do in their middle school and high school years to prepare for higher education and got tips on the college application process. During their visit, the students interacted with members of the CMSP Scholars, faculty, staff, and members of DMA’s Minority Student Recruitment Committee. Each CMSP scholar led a group of participants throughout their day and acted as mentors to the younger students.
Activities across campus took students on a photo scavenger hunt with School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor Jock Lauterer, had them recording music in Mark Katz’s Beat Making Lab, taking vital signs with members of the School of Nursing, and creating samples of their own DNA with School of Medicine students from the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD).
“This group is one of the best groups I have ever had,” said Edhriz Siraliev-Perez, an IMSD Fellow and PhD candidate in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program who led students in one of the lab sessions. “Most of the students were very attentive, engaged, and what I like the most, they asked lots of questions.”
After the hands-on academic sessions, they went on to the Blue Zone where they met Ramses, ate lunch, had a question and answer session with current students and Undergraduate Admissions, and saw several Carolina student groups perform.
Mr. James Carter, a coach in the Githens Middle School Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program, said that 90 percent or more of his students that were exposed to this opportunity would be first generation college students. “What was important,” he said, “was that they were exposed to the connection between middle school and being a professional.” In the Beat Making Lab session he attended with his students he said that the experience bridged the importance of mathematics, technology, time management and the skills necessary for professional success.
Faruq Cisse and Eden Sanchez from the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy attended the School of Medicine session. They were both proud of the samples they got to take home in rubber-capped test tubes. “It was exciting to me,” said Faruq, “and amazing to see our DNA.”
“There is something about looking into the eyes of someone younger than you and realizing that you are making a difference in their lives,” said UNC junior Jay Peterkin, an intern with the DMA student admin team. “I wanted to inspire as many of them as I could to pursue a higher education and Tar Heel Preview Day gave me that chance.”
The purpose of Tar Heel Preview Day is to introduce students to college life, inspire their desire to attend college, and give them the necessary information to plan for life after high school. Co-sponsors of the event included the Carolina Parents Council Grant Program and UNC Athletics. Campus partners in the program included Academic Advising, the Institute of Arts and Humanities Beats Lab Project, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Medicine IMSD program, the School of Nursing, UNC Visitors Center, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
For more information about Tar Heel Preview Day, visit cmsp.unc.edu/preview and to learn about other diversity initiatives at UNC, visit diversity.unc.edu.