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DEI Fellows

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Program Overview

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion DEI Fellows Program is a one-year program is aimed at sophomores and juniors with an interest 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. A sample list of previous workshops include:

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

During the second half of the program, DEI Fellows are placed with UNC offices, departments, schools, and business units throughout Carolina to apply their skills in a real-world setting.

“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 

DEI Fellows actively engage with the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion through monthly meetings with the Chief Diversity Officer and other leadership. Finally, the DEI Fellows program provides a great opportunity to build lasting relationships with campus administrators, local experts and a cohort of peers comprised of other students interested in deepening their DEI knowledge, skills and impact.

“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 

Applicant Profile  

Second and Third-year students 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, (Dis)ability, Religion, Nationality, Geographic Origin, Language Use, Socio-Economic Status, First Generation, Veteran/Military, Political Ideology).

Responsibilities & Commitment  

Responsibilities & Commitment 

  • 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 (Fall semester)
  • Attend a required bi-monthly meeting  (Spring semester)
  • Engage in an active learning placement during the Spring semester (20 hours minimum commitment) to address emerging diversity and inclusion efforts.


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DEI Fellow Application Information


Application Timeline:

Applications will open for the 2023-2024 academic year on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023.

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Key Application Dates:

Application Opens: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Application Closes: Monday, March 27, 2023

Interviews: Monday, April 3 – Monday, April 15, 2023

Offers Extended: Monday, April 17, 2023

Acceptance Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023

2023-2024 Welcome and Meet & Greet: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

To learn more about the DEI Fellows program, please attend the 2023-2024 (Zoom) Information Session:

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 6:00-7:00PM
  • Monday, February 20, 2023 | 1:00-2:00PM