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Roderick "Dee" GladneyDee Gladney (he/him/his) is the Graduate Assistant within UODI, assisting with the planning, implementation, and assessment of diversity education initiatives and Student Access and Success (SACS) programs. In this role, Dee assists with the successful execution of trademark programs that bring distinction to UODI, such as the Diversity Awards, MLK Banquet & Lecture, R3 and large scale Access and Success programs ACE, Tar Heel Talks, Experience Carolina, Beyond Carolina, and others.

Though born and raised in furniture capital Thomasville, NC, Chapel Hill has officially become home for Dee. Now a triple Tar Heel, he received both his degree in Chemistry and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from UNC. He is currently an NLM/T15 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and master’s student in Biomedical and Health Informatics with the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP). 

Community service and leadership were cultivated early on in his undergraduate career at Carolina. During that time at UNC, his dedication to serving disadvantaged and underserved populations and health led him to found and establish UNC’s first on-campus food pantry, Carolina Cupboard: Community Food Pantry, to alleviate food insecurity and poverty on campus. 

To this end, Dee continues to strive to promote a diverse and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty by bridging the gaps in how we care for the Carolina Community.


Get to Know Dee:

Name your favorite podcasts. 

The Homecoming Podcast w/Dr. Thema or Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations are my top two. 

Best perk of your job?

Seeing the positive impacts that my actions can make.

In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?

In an alternate universe, I’d be a chef on Food Network.

Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you. 

I came to Carolina the day after I graduated high school and haven’t left since, I love to build things with my hands – cooking, woodwork and DIY projects are particularly engaging pastimes, and I am an extroverted introvert.

What have you yet to tackle in your bucket list?

“Moving out of North Carolina…born and bred.” – Rachel Tates

Whom do you admire…and why?

I admire those who see and use failure as a springboard for success. 


Dee has completed the following trainings: