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:

      Spring 2015

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.

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

2014 Diversity Award Committee

Diversity Award Chair
Dr. Marco Barker, Senior Director for Education, Operations & Initiatives
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Diversity Award Coordinator
Margie Scott, Administrative Support Specialist
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Dean Blackburn, Associate Dean and Director
Student Wellness and Prevention Initiatives

Marta Civil, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education
School of Education

Marcus Collins, Assistant Dean
Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling

Christine Kelly Kleese, Chair, Orange County Human Relations Commission
Dean for Student Engagement and Transitions, Durham Technical Community College

Cricket Lane, Assistant Athletics Director
Athletic Department

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

Richard E. Myers, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Henry Brandis  Professor
School of Law

Michael Piehler, Associate Professor of Marine Science and Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies
School of Law

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

Ryan Regan, Masters of Public Administration, School of Government and Treasurer, First Nations Graduate Circle
Graduate Student Representative

Andrew Wood, Junior, Journalism and Mass Communication, Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach Committee
Undergraduate Representative

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