University Diversity Awards

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About the Awards

2016 Diversity Award Winners

The University Diversity Award recognizes significant contribution to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity on the campus and in the community. The award is given annually in each of the eight categories listed below.

The deadline for submissions has passed and the University Diversity Awards committee will be reviewing nominations for the award shortly. Please check here for announcement of the winners in mid-February.

Please see below for information on categories, criteria and last year’s recipients. Please scroll down to see recipients from 2016.

Diversity Awards in the News:


Individuals and groups are eligible for the award every four years

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate/Professional Student
  • Department or unit
  • Student Organization
  • Alumni
  • Community Member or Organization

Recipients of the award will be honored at a reception in the spring.

Criteria for the awards are

  • Advocated for diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups and/or social justice
  • Demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of cultural diversity and inclusion at UNC or in the community
  • Implemented or sponsored an event which cultivates diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated respect or inclusive treatment when interacting with others

Please note:

The University Diversity Awards are intended for those who go above and beyond their assigned duties to promote diversity. Therefore, employees who have diversity education, management or compliance as their primary or secondary job responsibilities are not eligible for the award unless they have made an extraordinary contribution beyond their employment role.

2016 Recipients of the University Diversity Awards



Alumni Award

Hudson Vaughan,
Deputy Director, The Jackson Center


Department/Unit Award




Community Award

Reverend William Barber,
President, NC NAACP

Faculty Award

Rosa Perelmuter, Professor
Romance Languages; Director, Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program


Graduate/Professional Student Award

Frank Tillman, Doctor of Pharmacy Student
UNC School of Pharmacy

Student Organization Award


Staff Award

Terri Phoenix, Director
LGBTQ Center



Undergraduate Student Award

Jeremy A. McKellar, Senior, Information Science major w/a concentration in Information Systems (Greensboro)
President, Black Student Movement


Sarah Ali Khan, Senior, Global Studies and Biology major w/Chemistry minor (Burlington)
Public Relations Chair, Muslim Student Association; Co-chair, Monsoon

Previous Award Recipients

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2016 (in development) Diversity Award Committee

Diversity Award Chair
Dr. Virginia Miller, Professor of Genetics
School of Medicine

Dr. GerShun Avilez, Assistant Professor and Interim Director for Sexuality Studies
English and Comparative Literature

Mark Dorosin, Adjunct Professor of Law & Managing Attorney
Center for Civil Rights, School of Law

Tia Holmes, Advocates for Carolina
Undergraduate Student

Dr. DeVetta Holman Nash, Assistant Director
Student Wellness

Dr. Valerie Lambert, Associate Professor
Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

Thupten Norbu, Associate Director
Carolina Asia Center

Rachel Tyson, Graduate and Professional Student Federation
Graduate Student

Gerald Ponder, Commission Chair
Orange County Human Relations Commission

Chloe Russell, Assistant Dean
Academic Advising, Undergraduate Education

Dr. William Vizuete, Associate Professor
Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health

DMA Representative
Xiaowen Qin, Director of Diversity Research, Assessment and Analytics
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

DMA Administrative Liaison
Taneisha Henderson, Administrative Support Specialist
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

For further information, please contact DMA at

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