University Diversity Awards

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About the Awards

Winners of the 2014 University Diversity Awards with Chancellor Carol Folt and Chief Diversity Officer Taffye Benson Clayton

Winners of the 2014 University Diversity Awards with Chancellor Carol Folt and Chief Diversity Officer Taffye Benson Clayton

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 next University Diversity Awards Reception is:

      March 23, 2015

Diversity Awards in the News:

Click here for Diversity Awards nomination.


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. Click here for Diversity Awards nomination.

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.

2014 Recipients of the University Diversity Awards

  • Faculty Award – Patricia Parker, Associate Professor of Organizational Communication, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Staff Award – Megan McCurley, Executive Director, Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education
  • Undergraduate Student Award – Kevin Claybren, Undergraduate Senior, Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Graduate/Professional Student Award – Whitney Sewell, Master Student, School of Social Work
  • Unit Award – American Indian Center, Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
  • Student Organization Award– The Siren, Student-produced paper that promotes the feminist perspective
  • Alumni Award – Ronny Bell, Director for the Maya Angelou Center for Health & Equity, Wake Forest University
  • Community Award – Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, Carrboro, NC

Previous Award Recipients

2015 Diversity Award Committee

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

Diversity Award Coordinator
Carolyn Butler, Diversity Program Assistant
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Doris Brunson, Chair
Orange County Human Relations Commission

Dr. Richard Cante, Director for the Program in Sexuality Studies & Associate Professor of Media and Technology Studies
Communication Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

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

Kate Kryder, Assistant Director
Student Life and Leadership, Student Affairs

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

Dr. Virginia Miller, Professor of Genetics and Associate Dean of Graduate Education
School of Medicine

Thupten Norbu, Associate Director
Carolina Asia Center

Philip Rameriz, Latina/o Medical Student Association
Graduate/Professional Student Representative, School of Medicine

Chloe Russell, Assistant Dean
Academic Advising, Undergraduate Education

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

Undergraduate Representative

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