Campus-wide Diversity & Inclusion Student Opportunities
Numerous offices and departments across campus sponsor diversity and inclusion-related programming. Fellowship opportunities are also offered from various departments. In addition, outside organizations offer numerous programming, internships and fellowships. Please check this page for updated announcements.
University-based Student Opportunities
The UNC SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT‘s Lead for North Carolina is a paid full-time fellowship program in local government for recent college graduates. Lead for NC is looking for community change agents to work on transformative community projects. Projects include hurricane recovery and resiliency, economic development, citizen engagement initiatives, affordable housing, grant writing, and more. Selected fellows will participate in the Lead for North Carolina Summer Academy at the UNC School of Government in July and begin their service year in August. The UNC School of Government is the nation’s largest university-based local government training center. You’ll work with our faculty and staff and join a cohort of 25 other fellows looking to enact systemic change in rural and economically distressed communities across the state. Fellows are salaried employees with a $28,000 salary is set. The program provides health insurance and 3 graduate-credit hours that fellows can use for graduate school. Most alumni receive competitive scholarship offers to their top graduate school choices or receive full-time job offers from their local government at the conclusion of the fellowship.
To see a list of placement sites across North Carolina, click here. Link to Download Handout or watch this brief video to learn more about the fellowship. Please contact Dylan Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Deadline: April 15. Apply.
The NC COVID-19 STUDENT RESPONSE CORPS is a collaborative effort to match students with local governments and nonprofit organizations in need of additional capacity. Opportunities for high-impact work span across the state and may help communities and organizations respond to COVID-19.
There is now a publicly available list of unfilled opportunities, which updates automatically when opportunities are added/filled. Students should contact internship hosts directly to apply.
This effort has already placed approximately 90 interns in positions across the state, and many additional organizations have requested an intern. Some of the opportunities are paid and some are remote. You can read more about the initiative here.
Please reach out to Caroline with any questions regarding this initiative.
The CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE (CCPS) has several fellowships and scholarships available for students:
- CCPS is offering Service Partnership Mini-Grants of $150-300 to Carolina students. These grants are meant to help build deeper connections between Carolina students and off-campus community partners by funding project- or event-based collaborations. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal, and email Ryan Nilsen with questions. Deadline: Rolling.
STUDENT WELLNESS is offering numerous programs and initiatives for Graduate and Professional Students, in recognition that this group experiences a different academic dynamic, essentially because they are more isolated and operate on a more individualistic paradigm. As older students, oftentimes with families and/or with professional work obligations and children, there are different sets of concerns and emotional burdens. This proven and effective programming supports a healthy life experience and helps improve academic performance:
- Virtual Wellness Circles – While stress is a normal part of life, exposure to elevated levels of stress can accumulate and result in a buildup of allostatic load. Graduate students are particularly vulnerable to the adverse health effects that result from allostatic load build-up. Join Shahnaz Khawaja, to engage in activities that reduce stress and foster resilience.
- Session 1- Fostering Resilience Through a Personalized Wellness Plan- 1/26/21 10am-11am
- Session 2- Fostering Resilience Through Mindfulness and Meditation Exercises- 2/9/21 10am-11am
- Session 3- Fostering Resilience Through the Power of the Personal Narrative- 2/23/21 10am-11am
- Session 4- Fostering Resilience by Activating the Relaxation Response Through Vagus Nerve Stimulation-3/16/21 10am-11am
- Session 5- Fostering Resilience Through the Gut-Brain Connection- 3/30/21 10am-11am
- Session 6- Fostering Resilience Through Self Holding- 4/13/21 10am-11am
Specific Workshop Request for Graduate Student Groups
Student Wellness offers topic-specific workshops to graduate student groups who request niche programming for their student cohort groups. To access the full list of topic-specific workshops, and to request a topic-specific workshop, please email Shahnaz Khawaja at email@example.com
Please note that you must be affiliated with the graduate student community hosting the events to attend the sessions below. Current programs on the calendar:
- Communication Skills Practice Lab– Chemistry Department- 3/25/21- 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (email Alexander Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and register)
- Communication Skills Practice Lab- The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program- 3/25/21- 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (email Yesenia Pedro Vincente at email@example.com to learn more and register)
Sister Talk After Dark (STAD)
Sister Talk After Dark is designed to increase a sense of belonging, as well as, to give women of color, specifically, Black identified Graduate and professional women, space, tools and resources to successfully navigate UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to being a safe landing space for Black women on campus, Sister Talk After Dark provides several learning and developmental opportunities for a population that is historically underserved.
Sister Talk After Dark promotes and enhances self-efficacy, self-awareness, and self-advocacy, among other protective factors for Black women at UNC. This group also aims to strengthen resiliency among this cohort of students, as they exist at an intersection of gender and race which impacts their experiences at a historically white institution (HWI).
R.E.A.L TALK (Resiliency, Education And Leadership) Talk
R.E.A.L Talk provides a space for BIPOC and male-identified individuals on UNC’s campus to engage, develop their sense of belonging, develop their personal agency and develop a growth mindset, develop tools for honing resiliency and grit. Graduate and professional male students of color help facilitate this cohort of students while in the process gain leadership skills and develop strong mentoring bonds. The year 2020-21 will be composed of upper-class participants, as well as, first-year students. No topic is off-limits, rather broaching courageous discourse will aid in participants’ growth, exploration and self-actualization. To join, contact Dr. DeVetta Holman-Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Resources Available to Graduate Students
To learn more visit us at https://studentwellness.unc.edu/graduate-professional-student-programs
Outside Organization Student Opportunities
Please check here for updates.