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DEI Fellows

Program Overview

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion DEI Fellows Program is a one-year program aimed at sophomores and juniors who are interested in proactively advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Carolina and in their home communities.

DEI Fellows engage with DEI experts to further develop their own leadership skills and competencies, receive mentorship from subject matter experts through weekly workshops and panels, engage in community-based active learning, and take part in career networking and coaching.

2024-2025 DEI Fellow Application Information

Applications will open for the 2024-2025 academic year on February 19, 2024.

  • Second and Third-year student with a passion for leveraging diversity and inclusion efforts and understanding the importance of these endeavors inside and outside of the classroom setting.
  • Seeking a diverse student cohort with representation across social identities (Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Age, Sexual Orientation, Gender Expression, Disability, Neurodiversity, Religion, Nationality, Geographic Origin, Language Use, Socio-Economic Status, First Generation, Veteran/Military, Political Ideology).
  • Develop personal capacity and competencies to support and facilitate equity programming
  • Engagement with diverse stakeholders to promote inclusive engagement and belonging at Carolina
  • Attend a required meeting once a week (Mondays 3:30–4:45 pm during Fall 2024 semester)
  • Attend a required meeting once a week (Monday 3:30–4:45 during Spring 2025 semester and engage in a Active Placement)
  • Engage in an active learning placement during the Spring semester (20 hours minimum commitment) to address emerging diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Application Opens: Monday, February 19, 2024
  • Application Closes: Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Interviews: Monday, April 8-12, 2024
  • Offers Extended: Monday, April 15, 2024
  • Acceptance Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2024


“The DEI Fellows program has truly enriched my Carolina experience by providing an opportunity to learn about and make connections with programs and people across campus that I otherwise would not have known about. Through this networking and relationship building, I feel empowered to be a more inclusive advocate, organizer, and conspirator for change in my community.

– Georgia Broitman

Previous Workshops Include:

  • Foundations of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Social Identity and the Cycle of Socialization
  • Understanding Managing Bias
  • Identifying and Navigating Microaggressions
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Psychological Safety and Inclusion
  • Radical Self-Care
  • Reflections on Active Learning Placements
  • Inclusive Employers & Mock Interviews
  • Introduction to Intergroup Dialogue

“As a first-generation, queer, Asian-American college student, the DEI Fellows program has shown me the value of my voice and my experiences. This program has provided me a space to share my lived experiences with others from similar backgrounds while building relationships through those connections.
For me, DEI Fellows started off as a group of complete strangers from all different backgrounds. Now, all of those strangers are individuals who I can call family.”

– Ben Tran

DEI Fellow Alumni

  • Callie Kim
  • Shanelle Jayawickreme
  • Chris Williams
  • Sam Park
  • Chloe Morand De Jouvencel
  • Bryan Sorto
  • Rebecca Du
  • Molly Voit
  • Dionejala Muhammad
  • Sydney Murray
  • Sarah Zhang
  • Rohan Tapiawala
  • Gustavo Gonzalez
  • Abigail Adams
  • Parnika Agrawal
  • Salena Braye-Bulls
  • Georgia Broitman
  • Alyson Cabeza
  • Kamryn Denise Dixon
  • Molly Dorgan
  • Jarrah Faye
  • Austin Geer
  • Britney Dao Hong
  • Elias Horowitz
  • Fatima Konsouh
  • Molly Moran
  • Zakiya-mali Morris
  • Hannah Swanton
  • Ben Tran
  • Nikalus Ward
  • Stone Watson
  • Matthew Weaver

For Active Learning Supervisors | Spring 2024

DEI Fellows will work individually or in small cohorts on a culminating “action learning” placement to support the implementation of DEI-focused activities. This allows the DEI Fellows to gain valuable professional experience applying their passion and skills in a real-life UNC-Chapel Hill setting and “matches” you with passionate aspiring DEI champions who are committed to fostering a stronger sense of belonging at Carolina. Spring 2024 placements are currently closed.

  • Host Application Opens: October 23, 2023
  • Host Application Closes: December 1, 2023
  • Match-making process and decisions announced: Mid-December, 2023
  • DEI Fellows Placement | Active Learning: January-April, 2024 (20 hour placement
  • End of Program Celebration & Presentations: April 22, 2024
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • LGBTQ Center
  • Exercise and Sport Science – EXSS
  • Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
  • UNC Athletics
  • Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services