Coming in June: Webcast on Diversity and Health

UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—in collaboration with numerous institutional partners—will host the 21st National Health Equity Research Webcast on June 2, 2015 from 1:30-4:30 pm. This live-audience webcast, hosted on UNC’s campus, in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the School of Social Work, is an annual interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through panel discussions with experts in their field followed by a question-and-answer segment. The webcast is an interdisciplinary and community effort with representatives from multiple campus departments and partner institutions formed to help build knowledge on health disparities and its impact on our local and global communities.

webcast auditoriumThe topic for this year’s webcast is “Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention and will feature three twenty-minute presentations by panelists engaged in groundbreaking work around community-led action: Pamela Jumper Thurman, affiliate research professor, Ethnic Studies Department and National Center for Community Readiness at Colorado State University; Frank Perez, national program director for Cure Violence, and Leon T Andrews Jr, director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities. The panel will be moderated by Nia Wilson, executive director of SpiritHouse in Durham. The panel presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with questions from both the studio and remote audiences.

The panelists will address violence in communities as a public health issue by detailing health implications of trauma. They will provide examples of evidence–based practices from their organizations that are empowering communities, schools, and local organizations to prevent violence and will discuss strategies to mobilize stakeholders by affirming strengths and encouraging culturally competent problem-solving. Their talks will provide multiple perspectives on working with marginalized populations to create safe and inclusive communities.

Both the in-studio audience participation and the live video streaming are free, but registration is required to participate. Follow the latest updates and learn more through Facebook (, Twitter ( or the website ( The webcast will be archived through the website for those unable to attend or stream the live event.

3rd annual Diversity THINKposium to focus on “Intersectionality”

On August 12, 2015 from 9:00-3:00 PM, the 3rd annual Diversity THINKposium will be held at UNC Chapel Hill. Co-hosted by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the College of Arts and Sciences, the THINKposium is meant to be a non-conventional approach to addressing diversity, inspiring action, and facilitating the solution-making process. This year we will be focusing on “Intersectionality: Unpacking the Interactions of Identities”.

The day long proUNC Diversity ThinkPosiumgram is designed to allow participants to explore and understand the nature and meaning of intersectionality. Participants will represent UNC faculty, staff, diversity liaisons, and others interested in or tasked with developing diversity initiatives at Carolina. Participants will apply an intersectional framework to explore the multiple ways- race, class, gender and other aspects of identity interact with classroom, workplace and educational experiences for students and faculty/staff at Carolina. The discussion should help them reflect on their own practices, understand the concepts and behaviors that perpetuate oppression of marginalized identities; and be part of facilitated conversations to develop capacity and skill to address the issue within their own units and departments. The program will include a keynote and concurrent workshops focusing on intersectional dynamics in teaching/learning and the workplace.

This year the keynote speaker will be Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn, the Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University. Strayhorn is also Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education and Human Ecology. Strayhorn is faculty affiliate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, the Criminal Justice Research Center, and Penn GSE Center for MSIs. He has faculty appointments in the Ohio State John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Department of African American and African Studies, and Education Policy, Engineering Education, and Sexuality Studies programs.

The THINKpoisum is free but registration is required to participate. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Register and save the date, we will update with more information as we come closer to August. You can also follow the latest updates and learn more through the facebook page (, or the website (

Past, Present and Future: Recent Grads and Current Students Welcome Prospective Students at Project Uplift

For the 46st year, recent graduates, current students, and staff will welcome high school juniors to Carolina for Project Uplift (PU). High-achieving rising seniors from historically underserved populations come to this signature program, hosted annually by UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Undergraduate Admissions. The first 2-night, 3-day session (out of the total of four consecutive weeks) included 317 students from counties throughout North Carolina and 21 out-of-state participants.

Lauren Mayfield, a third-year Project Uplift staff member and 2015 graduate, fondly remembers her time at PU in 2010. “[Project Uplift] was my first look at Carolina’s diversity. It’s easy to go to sessions and learn about how to get in to Carolina or succeed in classes, but those don’t show you what a day in the life of a Carolina student is like. What do you do once you leave class? How do you connect with other people? PU in 2010 just made me really excited. It made Carolina seem really cool. Everyone looked so happy.”

As a staff member, Mayfield strives to excite prospective students and recreate the vibe of her experience. “I have gotten here and I do love it; I’m one of those happy people. So conveying that energy—not just telling them how much I love my University, but showing them, and doing it alongside people who are just as enthusiastic—makes me proud of the legacy that I’m helping to create”

Participants will experience, first-hand, the classroom environment at Carolina and speak with professors, and will hear from career advisers and admissions staff. They will eat in the dining halls, walk the quads, learn about student life and enjoy the talents of the various multicultural groups and performance organizations on campus. But most importantly, they will learn what it means to be a Tar Heel.

Subsequent Project Uplift programs for 2015 will take place May 28-30, June 4-6, and June 11-13. Rising high school juniors should check with their guidance counselors in the fall for information about applying to be admitted to Project Uplift 2016.

UNC Celebrates Multicultural Graduations and Ceremonies

In addition to Spring Commencement activities, the end of the academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides an opportunity for the campus to recognize Carolina graduates who contribute to the diversity of the institution and their respective fields of study. In addition to the University Diversity Awards, Chancellor’s Awards, and Renwick Awards, there are a number of graduate ceremonies that reflect Carolina’s commitment to diversity.

Below is a listing of upcoming cultural recognition ceremonies.

Lavender Graduation

  • Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Location: SASB North, Upendo
Alex Ferrando '06

Alex Ferrando ’06

Lavender Graduation is a commencement ceremony honoring Sexuality Studies minors, graduating LGBTIQ-identified students, and their allies. It is a cultural celebration that acknowledges the achievements and contributions that students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions have made.  The Advocacy Awards will also be presented to undergraduate and graduate students.

The keynote speaker will be Alex Ferrando. Ferrando graduated in 2006 with a BA in International Studies. During his time working with the LGBTQ Center, he volunteered on the Safe Zone Speaker’s Bureau and organized numerous on-campus events (one of which was the largest ever Drag Show, held in Memorial Hall).  In spring 2006, Alex orchestrated the first-ever Lavender Graduation celebration in order to recognize LGBTQ graduates, their allies, and Sexuality Studies minors.  Alex was one of the first-ever recipients of the UNC LGBTQ Advocacy Award.  Currently, Alex lives in Los Angeles.

UNC American Indian Center Commencement Ceremony and Reception

  • Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Location: George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Alumni Hall 1
Timothy McNeill, JD, MHA '92

Timothy McNeill, JD, MHA ’92

Every year, the UNC American Indian Center recognizes the accomplishments of American Indian students and students graduating with a degree in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. This event is being hosted by the UNC American Indian Center and is co-sponsored by American Indian and Indigenous Studies faculty within the American Studies Department.

The keynote speaker will be Tim McNeill (Lumbee). Timothy McNeill, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, is an entrepreneur and corporate attorney in Raleigh, NC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UNC-Pembroke followed by service as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.  Thereafter, McNeill earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill followed by executive level healthcare strategy and planning responsibilities in hospitals and health plans. After earning the Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Iowa College of Law, Mr. McNeill practiced healthcare law and civil litigation at RTP LAW, in Raleigh NC.  Since earning an LL.M in Law and Entrepreneurship from Duke University School of Law in 2013, Mr. McNeill advises and represents start-up and emerging growth companies in the healthcare, life sciences and finance industries.  Mr. McNeill also serves on the North Carolina American Indian Health Board.

Red, White & Carolina Blue Graduation Ceremony

  • Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Location: Great Hall, Carolina Union

    Jacob Hinton '15

    Jacob Hinton ’15

Veterans, active duty service members, National Guard, Reservists, and ROTC commissionees participating in the spring 2015 commencement exercises are welcome to participate in the Red, White & Carolina Blue graduation ceremony. Along with keynote remarks from graduating senior Jacob Hinton, the program will include the presentation of colors and our National Anthem, remarks from students, administrators, and alumni, and the presentation of the Military Honor Cord. Light breakfast refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The dress code for this event is business casual or uniform optional (service dress/Class A).

Éxitos—Latina/o Graduation Ceremony

  • Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Location: FedEx Global Education Building, 4th Floor
Orlando Meléndez "00

Orlando Meléndez “00

Éxitos honors graduates who have worked to support and promote the Latino communities on campus, acknowledges the successes of Latino students, recognizes those who have supported the Latino community, and thanks those who have supported the students.

Speaking at Éxitos will be Orlando Meléndez, former Tar Heel men’s basketball player and the first Puerto Rico-born basketball player ever to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.


Carolina Focuses on Making Excellence Inclusive

Over 120 faculty, staff, and senior-level administrators gathered on UNC’s campus to engage professor, researcher, and expert Daryl Smith on issues and emerging trends related to institutionalizing diversity in higher education.  Smith, who serves as professor emerita at Claremont Graduate University, addressed the audience as part of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ Diversity in Higher Education Seminar. The purpose of the annual seminar is to highlight critical issues within higher education and facilitate campus-wide dialogue.

Dr. Daryl Smith

Dr. Daryl Smith

During her talk, titled “Exploring the Institutional Diversity Framework at Carolina,” Smith provided the historical and national context of diversity in the United States, provided a snapshot and review of diversity efforts, documents, and goals at Carolina, and presented opportunities for the institution to reframe its conversation on diversity, inclusion, and excellence. With attendees including members of diversity committees, diversity faculty liaisons, college and school deans, and senior cabinet members, the Carolina community took the opportunity to pose questions aimed at unpacking how we measure and articulate ‘progress.’

“Dr. Smith so eloquently and brilliantly captured and presented why diversity is critical to higher education and specifically, why it is essential to universities,” said Taffye Benson Clayton, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer in the university’s division of Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement. “What made the event impactful was Daryl’s focus on Carolina’s specific history, mission, and academic plan and her ability to provide new ways for how our institution could position and frame inclusion and diversity as standard bearers of excellence.”

Another aspect of Smith’s presentation focused on seeing inclusive excellence and diversity just as ‘imperative’ as technology—a branch of knowledge that is synonymous with innovation and an ever-changing field that challenges institutions to respond, adapt, and integrate its developments into the institutional culture.

Introduced by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the notion of Inclusive Excellence represents

“diversity and equity as fundamental goals of higher education and as resources for learning that are valuable for all students, vital to democracy and a democratic workforce and to the global position and wellbeing of the United States. AAC&U’s commitment to make excellence inclusive—to bring the benefits of liberal education to all students—is rooted deeply in commitment to a diverse, informed, and civically active society.”

Big Ideas on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity

Carolina’s effort to explore and build upon the inclusive excellence framework had already begun prior to the diversity seminar through the Provost’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence and Diversity (PCIED). A committee under Provost James Dean, PCIED represents an institution-wide group of faculty, staff, and students with the purpose of developing strategies for making excellence inclusive at Carolina. This group is charged to review and investigate diversity and inclusion at the institutional level and ultimately provide the Provost with recommendations for institutional transformation. The PCIED, chaired by Clayton, presented their outcomes or Five Big Ideas during the second-half of the seminar experience.

The FIVE Big IDEAS captured an initial strategy for Carolina to infuse diversity and inclusion in the fabric of the university. These ideas address five areas:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Inter- and Intra-group Dialogue
  • Education
  • Institutional Leadership
  • Strategic Planning

Developing a working definition and identifying strategies will position all members of the Carolina community to be better equipped to “make excellence inclusive.”

Inclusive Excellence at Carolina

In an effort to capture the Inclusive Excellence framework at Carolina and provide the campus community with updates on the Five Big Ideas, a website has been created at

The Inclusive Excellence at Carolina website provides the campus and greater public with a framework for understanding and applying inclusive excellence in higher education. This is achieved through

  • clearly defining inclusive excellence and diversity;
  • outlining PCIED’s recommended strategies, implementation, and progress;
  • providing resources and opportunities for members of the Carolina community to engage; and
  • providing examples of inclusive excellence at Carolina.

The seminar was presented by DMA and sponsors included the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

For more information about diversity efforts at UNC, please visit or contact DMA at

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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 –

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”