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Rachel TatesRachel Tates (she/her/hers) is the director of Student Access & Success with the Inclusive Student Excellence (ISE) team within UODI. In her role, Tates coordinates ISE’s signature access programs such as Project Uplift, North Carolina Renaissance (NCR) and Decision Days for high achieving high school students from underrepresented groups and for incoming first-year students, as well as current Carolina undergraduates programs such as Achieving Carolina Excellence and Beyond Carolina. For going above and beyond expectations, Rachel was presented with the Ribbon of Recognition by Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement.

An alumna, Rachel arrived at Carolina as a Summer Bridge participant and has been involved with D&I since her undergraduate years as a staff member of the Minority Student Recruitment Committee. Rachel is from Jacksonville, NC and received her degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

Get to Know Rachel:

Name your favorite podcasts.

How Married Are You?, Blessed and Bossed Up, and The Love Hour

Best perk of your job?

Being surrounded by college students, I never get too far behind on the latest trends.

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

I would be a celebrity interviewer for a popular rap magazine or I’d be an urban radio personality.

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

I have five names including my last, I have worked for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for longer than any of my colleagues and I am extremely ticklish.

What have you yet to tackle in your bucket list?

Moving out of North Carolina…born and bred.

Whom do you admire…and why?

Those who stick to their convictions in all circumstances.


Rachel has completed the following trainings: