University Diversity Awards

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About the Awards

DivAwardsThe 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.

Nominations are open and the next University Diversity Awards program and reception is:

      Tuesday, March 22, 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. Nominations will open February 1 and close Monday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m.

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.

2015 Recipients of the University Diversity Awards



Alumni Award

Barb Lee ’88 (Journalism and Mass Communication)
President, Point Made Films, New York, NY

Department/Unit Award


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Community Award

Kara Stewart (Sappony)
Literacy Coach, Scroggs Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC


Faculty Award

Dr. Rumay Alexander, Clinical Professor &
Director for Multicultural Affairs
UNC School of Nursing


Dr. Brian Hogan, Research Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, UNC College of Arts and Sciences; Academic Director for the Scholars’ Latino Initiative


Graduate/Professional Student Award

Blessing Aghaulor, Doctor of Medicine Student
UNC School of Medicine

Student Organization Award


Amy Burtaine

Staff Award

Amy Burtaine, Interactive Theatre Carolina Outreach Coordinator
Student Wellness, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Affairs

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Undergraduate Student Award

Frank “Brady” Gilliam, First Year
Anthropology Major, Charlotte, NC


Trey Mangum, Senior
Public Relations – Journalism and Mass Communication, Roxboro, NC

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

Gerald Ponder, Commission Chair
Orange County Human Relations Commission

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

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
Dr. Marco Barker, Senior Director for Education, Operations & Initiatives and Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Education
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

For further information please contact DMA at

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