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Message from the University office for Diversity & Inclusion


Dear Carolina Community,

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence and Student Affairs, will host “Culture of Care: Racial Trauma, Healing, and Community Resilience,” a three-event series that provides space for education, coping, healing and community resilience around issues related to identity-based and racial trauma.

Monday, May 3, (4-5:30 p.m.)
“Identity-Based Trauma: Understanding What’s Ailing, So It Can Be Healed.”
Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, PMHNP, FAAN, the LeVine Family Distinguished Associate Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion, and Wellness at the UNC School of Nursing, will focus on understanding identity-based trauma, its symptoms and relevance in our lives.

Wednesday, May 12 (4-5:30 p.m.)
“Caring for Myself is Not Self-Indulgence: Navigating Vicarious Trauma and Potential Burnout.”
School of Social Work faculty Andrea Murray-Lichtman, MSW, LCSW and Tauchiana Williams, MSW, LCSW will offer practical advice for faculty and staff balancing personal and professional demands in challenging times.

Tuesday, May 25 (4-5:30 p.m.)
“Care in the Midst of Chaos: Providing Reasonable Flexibility.”
An unprecedented year has created the need for increased flexibility in our care for students, but what does this “flexibility” look like? Colleagues from across UNC will provide examples of “reasonable flexibility” in their work with students.

This series supports our collective efforts to align with the Build Our Community Together primary strategic initiative of the Carolina Next strategic plan as we seek to understand the individual and cumulative impact of identity-based and racial trauma on the health and wellbeing of our community. All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited and encouraged to attend.


Sibby Anderson-Thompkins
Special Adviser to the Provost and Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

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