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A Message from the Chief Diversity Office

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall

Dear Carolina Community:

Black History Month is a time to reflect upon the collective experiences of Black people who have contributed to the history and culture of our country.

In the month of February, we attempt to share and celebrate the many accomplishments of Black people, while at the same time we focus on the social injustices that continue to impede progress. We continue to see life-impacting roadblocks as Black individuals are overlooked for employment, blocked from housing or housing loans, paid unfair wages, profiled, threatened, ignored in our K-12 classrooms, and not supported in the pursuit of higher education. These inequities must be addressed for individuals to feel safe and in order for them to succeed.

This year the national theme is Black “health and wellness.” The pandemic has further revealed the inequities faced by the Black community as well as the mental health challenges that our students, faculty, and staff face. Take time to be a part of the many conversations and programs taking place on campus which address these issues.

Let our community continue to acknowledge and understand that Black History is American History, and the experiences and contributions of Black people should be recognized and celebrated with the same enthusiasm and reverence we give to all members of this country. The accomplishments, advancements, sacrifices, and struggles of Black Americans should not be ignored, misrepresented, banned, or forgotten.  Black History should be taught fully and accurately.

This month at Carolina we will provide multiple programs, discussions, speakers and activities that will uplift, enlighten and educate all members of our community.  A calendar of Black History Month events can be found at go.unc.edu/BHM2022.

Let us also recognize the Lunar New Year 2022, the year of the tiger, which represents strength, courage, and bravery. This important holiday is observed by many members of the East and Southeast Asian communities. Please take the opportunity to wish these members of our community a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Leah Cox
Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion/
Chief Diversity Officer

 

 

 

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