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Rachel TatesRachel Tates (she/her/hers) is the director of Student Access & Success (SAS) within UODI. In her role, Tates coordinates SAS’s signature access programs such as Project Uplift, North Carolina Renaissance (NCR) and Uplift PLUS 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.

Blessed and Bossed Up, The Love Hour and Abiding Every Day.

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 radio host.

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 love watching mom vlogs on YouTube.

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: