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 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:
- Through the Community Engagement Fellowship, CCPS awards up to eight fellowships of up to $2,000 each year for engagement or engaged scholarship projects that are responsive to community priorities and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate and professional students at Carolina are eligible to apply. Apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Deadline: Feb. 1.
- Nominations are currently being accepted for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards. Up to five Bryan awards will be given to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member and officially recognized student organization. Up to three Provost awards will be given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership. Submit your nomination through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Recipients will each receive $500 with the award. Deadline: Feb. 8.
- The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship will provide a $1,900 award to support field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill continuing their studies at Carolina in the semester following their fellowship. For 2021, CCPS is requiring projects to be focused on and taking place within North Carolina. Apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Deadline: Feb. 12.
- 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:
- Navigating Conflict Through the Lens of Fight, Flight, Freeze and Fawn Responses-The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program- 2/18/21- 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (email Yesenia Pedro Vincente at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and register)
- Navigating Conflict Skills Practice Lab- The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program- 2/25/21- 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (email Yesenia Pedro Vincente at email@example.com to learn more and register)
- Communication Hits and Misses– Chemistry Department- 3/2/21 10 am-11 am (email Alexander Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and register)
- Emotion Regulation Skills- Royster Society of Fellows- 3/4/21- 1 pm-2:30 pm (email Laura Pratt at email@example.com to learn more and register)
- 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 Hits and Misses- The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program- 3/11/21- 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (email Yesenia Pedro Vincente at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.