Diversity in Higher Education Spring Seminar

Dr. Daryl G. Smith

The special campus-wide diversity and inclusion experience, postponed due to adverse weather in February, has been rescheduled for April 14, 2015.

In partnership with the Provost 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 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”


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.

Nominate a Colleague or Community Partner for Diversity Award

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.

“Move for the Dream”

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/.

NC Native Nation Leaders Attend Higher Education Forum

On October 23, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt signed a resolution with tribal leaders from the eight North Carolina Native Nations resolving to continue and strengthen the University’s commitment to research, education and service with those Native Nations. The signing marked the culmination of the first annual Forum on the Role of Higher Education in NC Native Nation Building; the event was hosted by the UNC American Indian Center in partnership with The Friday Center.

2012-2014 Diversity Plan Report Now Available

2012-2014 Diversity Plan Report image.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.

Male Call: UNC Hosts Middle School Males from Diverse Backgrounds

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.

Tar Heel Preview Day participants take a tour of campus

Tar Heel Preview Day participants take a tour of campus

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.

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