Adrianne Gibilisco is D&I’s Communications Specialist, bringing with her a wealth of experience as a wordsmith in a variety of fields. Her skills as a writer and publicist were honed over many years logged as a music journalist, and as head of her entertainment PR firm, Stone Communications. An award-winning screenwriter and celebrated journalist, she has also edited books, written radio show scripts, and edited radio news. In addition, she crafted the script for Smart Sex, the AIDS Awareness video currently used in the Los Angeles Unified School district to educate students about AIDS/HIV; edited Countering Terrorism & WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Katona), a historical analysis of bioterrorism; and, serves as co-director for the Center of Multi-Media Educational Technology (COMMET).
Prior to joining D&I, Adrianne worked at UNC’s LGBTQ Center, where she crafted press releases, wrote the weekly newsletter, and developed the Alumni publication, Aluminate. “Much of the work there was about creating visibility, promoting activism and facilitating positive change for underserved and underrepresented populations…which is very similar to the focus of D&I. I am looking forward to continuing in that arena and extending the reach of D&I beyond the campus community,” she says.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Becoming a member of the D&I team allows Adrianne to work alongside people who share a passion for supporting academic excellence. “The programming we do at D&I, from NC Renaissance and Project Uplift, to MLK events, THINKPosium, the Race, Racism & Racial Equity (R3) Symposium, and countless other celebrations of diversity and differing identities is incredible. We engage, elevate and support our students on their entire journey, from before they matriculate at Carolina, throughout their UNC experience and when they become alumni. Most of the communications and marketing designed to enhance this objective comes through D&I’s office. I’m so thrilled to be collaborating on presenting our message.”
A New York escapee (whose greatest challenge since moving south has been curbing her NY sarcasm), Adrianne is also thrilled to have found an oasis for healthy outdoor living. A certified health coach and sports enthusiast, she can often be found with her husband and daughter, kayaking at a nearby lake, hiking on the many trails or biking on the neighborhood streets of Chapel Hill.
- Delegate, Employee Forum
- Co-Chair, Executive Committee, Employee Forum
- Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Employee Forum
- UNC Staff Representative, North Carolina American Council on Education (NC ACE) Women’s Network
- Award of Distinction, Student Affairs, 2014
- Excellence in Diversity Award, University Office for HR and EOC, 2020
Get to Know Adrianne:
Name your favorite podcasts.
Here’s the Thing (Alec Baldwin), Fresh Air (Terry Gross), It’s Been a Minute (Sam Sanders), Armchair Expert (Dax Shephard)
Best perk of your job?
Creating promotions, marketing and branding that defines our office and has an impact on the way diversity, inclusion and equity are addressed at Carolina.
In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?
I would be a pet masseuse, bringing bliss to achy fur babies across the country.
Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
I played bass in a heavy metal band, I won $50,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and I am a certified health coach.
What’s on your bucket list?
Although I am terrified of heights, I feel compelled to experience skydiving. I’d also love to do a Ted Talk.
Whom do you admire…and why?
Leaders who are unafraid to stand up to institutionalized power structures in politics, corporate America and higher education, as well as those brave firefighters, police and rescue squads who charge into dangerous situations to save others. Also, Golda Meir, Melinda Gates and other trailblazers.
Adrianne has completed the following trainings: