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Diversity & Inclusion

Defined as holding multiple perspectives without judgment. Dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, physical ability, sexual identity, and geography.


The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion (UODI) has primary responsibility for providing University-wide leadership on best practices and strategies to build and sustain an inclusive campus community. UODI promotes the principles of equity and inclusion in recruitment, through diversity education and functions, and development programming. Our office strives to position Carolina to fulfill its mission of educating a diverse student body with the added goal of aspiring to attract and retain faculty and staff reflective of our larger community while maintaining an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Enriching the Experience for All Members of the Carolina Community

Prospective & Incoming Students

For high school students, UODI offers guidance through every aspect of the college choice process. From scheduling a campus visit to the first day of classes, we are here to ensure that every young scholar who dreams of setting out for Carolina will find an encouraging and supportive team awaiting their arrival.

Current Students

Whether it’s orientation, first-year registration, campus life, choosing a major, or celebrating graduation, our experiences allow students to grow their cultural competency, thrive, and make their unique HEELprint. Our programs and initiatives serve as a cornerstone for academic achievement and personal growth.

Faculty & Staff

UODI offers all-encompassing support to Carolina’s faculty and staff, from the recruitment and hiring process to identifying research opportunities and facilitating an engaging workplace experience. We initiate and sustain conversations and projects that enrich your professional journey while building an inclusive work environment.

Alumni & Friends

Our work extends beyond the Carolina campus. The UODI team works with graduating students as they transition into the new experiences that await them. We foster an ongoing network that allows us to connect with alumni, community, business leaders, and external organizations for building pipelines and diversity education.


The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion has been instrumental in creating positive recognition for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among our awards are four consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity to colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our campus was also recognized by U.S. Veteran’s Magazine as a Top Veteran-Friendly School in 2018.

In addition, Carolina has earned a Gold rating in Diversity and Equity Coordination, under Dr. Sibby Anderson Thompkins, by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a program of AASHE. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The rating is reflective of the University having met the following criteria: 1) Institution has a diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer (or the equivalent) tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and human rights on campus. The committee, office and/or officer may focus on students and/or employees. 2) Institution makes cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities available to students, academic staff (i.e., faculty members), and/or non-academic staff. The trainings and activities help participants build the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to redress inequalities and social disparities and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Meet Our Staff


Leah Cox

Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer

Leah Cox, PhD (LEE-uh KAKS)

Adrianne GibiliscoCommunications Specialist

Adrianne Gibilisco (AH-dree-AH-nee JIH-bih-LIH-sco)
(919) 843-6085

Senior Director, Education, Operations and Initiatives

Trish Harris (TRISH HAA-riss)


Taneisha Henderson
Programmatic Support Coordinator

Taneisha Henderson (tah-NEE-sha HEN-dur-son)
(919) 962-2431

Jessica Lambert Ward

Director, Carolina Collaborative for Resilience

Jessica Lambert Ward (JESS-ih-KA LAM-bert WARD)
(919) 843-8154

Cloe Liparini

Director of Education, Community Engagement and Belonging

Cloe Liparini (CLO-ee LIP-a-REE-nee)

Stacy Reynolds
Executive Assistant

Stacy Reynolds (STAY-see REH-nulds)


Dway Stover

Student Engagement Coordinator

Dway Stover (DWAY STOW-vur)
(919) 962-7330