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DEI Progress Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is dedicated to investing in policies, systems and infrastructure that promote belonging, community and transparency, as noted in the first strategic initiative of Carolina Next, “Build Our Community Together.”

Students, Faculty and Staff — as well as alumni and other stakeholders — have expressed an interest in having transparency surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion issues. The University aims to provide clear information about the progress we are making towards resolving these issues. The following are requests and concerns that were brought to senior leadership for their attention and a clear explanation of their current status. Please visit this page often so that you can track the status of concerns that are important to you.



Students and their families feel unnecessary stress due to the presence of the UNC Police Department during the move-in process and requested that it be discontinued.

The University discontinued UNC Police presence at move-in, effective August 2021.



Hire trauma-informed therapists to support students of diverse backgrounds and increase funding to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) so that appropriate support can be provided for BIPOC students.

The University established the CAPS Multicultural Health Program (MCHP) to serve the specific needs of Black, Indigenous and Students of Color and will continue to promote and expand these services to campus.

A safe reporting platform should be devised to help prevent sexual harassment by CDS workers.

Carolina values safety, diversity, education and equity and is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from sexual harassment. If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or harassment, report the incident to EOC.

EOC has placed posters with online reporting information in student dining areas and convened an advisory group to examine reporting platforms that best meet the community’s needs. EOC staff also led a harassment training session for CDS workers.

Increase diversity and programming within the Carolina Women’s Center to improve sexual assault reporting.

Recommendations include the emphasis on recruitment and position postings that reach marginalized populations, conducting the hiring process in accordance with employment law; the creation of a student advisory group focused on creating a culture of support for marginalized survivors, which would report to the senior prevention strategy officer.

Recruitment is underway for the student advisory group, and we anticipate hosting the first meeting in the spring semester. The hiring process for the director of the Carolina Women’s Center is underway.

New sexual assault training should be created for all students that more effectively informs students about sexual assault on campus and provides data on the role intersectionality has in sexual violence on campuses, especially PWIs.

As a result of the senior prevention strategy officer’s arrival in July 2021, many prevention-oriented training programs are currently under review. By May 2022, we will convene focus groups to test and provide input into the selection of a bystander intervention program to be ready in fall 2022. At the same time, affirmative consent, healthy relationship, and healthy sexuality trainings are under review to be re-launched in late spring 2022.

James Cates was a 22-year-old Black man who was stabbed by white supremacists on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 1970 and died after he failed to receive proper medical attention.

Chancellor Guskiewicz shared his recommendation for the creation of a permanent monument with the Naming Committee. The Naming Committee forwarded its recommendation to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

Include anti-racist alerts in the Alert Carolina System to which the students currently have access. Alert Carolina is typically used for physical safety with neutral content.

It was recommended that “campus advisory” messages be pushed through a text messaging opt-in system. Student Affairs worked with Facilities, Institutional Integrity and Risk Management and ITS to assess when an advisory is warranted and will push out. Due to the complex IT infrastructure necessary to implement this, an initial timeline was extended by several months in order to assess the appropriate tool(s) required for this approach.

The Unsung Founders Memorial requires better signage, visibility and increased awareness and publicity. The memorial must be properly maintained, cleaned, have signage clearly stating, “DO NOT SIT,” as well as a plaque explaining its significance. It should be included in all campus tours.

Chancellor Guskiewicz asked the Commission on History, Race, and a Way Forward to provide recommendations for the future of the memorial. The Commission held a webinar in October 2021 that focused on the origin of the memorial and explored community feedback from the time of its conceptualization and dedication. Since then, the Commission has also engaged community stakeholders in conversations about the memorial and a process of reconciliation. Community input will help inform the Commission’s recommendation on next steps.

Campus tours are offered through the UNC Visitors Center and the Undergraduate Admissions office. Both tours include important information about diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Carolina. The Unsung Founders Memorial is featured on the Visitors Center tour as it winds through McCorkle Place. The Undergraduate Admissions tour route is largely centered around Polk Place and the Pit to give prospective students an opportunity to see where most Carolina students learn, study, relax and eat. That tour does not visit McCorkle Place.

Kemp Plummer Battle is included in the most recent recommendation from the Committee for History, Race and the Way Forward for name removal from the building.

Chancellor Guskiewicz appointed a special ad hoc committee to review this resolution, which includes students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees and make a formal recommendation to the chancellor about name removal from Battle Hall.

Emphasize recruitment and position postings for Carolina Women’s Center staff that would reach marginalized populations and conduct the hiring process in accordance with employment law.

The University has launched the search for a director of the Carolina Women’s Center and will engage the Carolina Black Caucus and Black Student Movement’s leadership in the process. The vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer will be engaged in posting new positions and creating search committees for other CWC positions.

Require a reporting link to EOC and grade appeal information on syllabi. 

The recommendation was to direct — or, at a minimum — strongly encourage that syllabi include this information. In addition, communicate to deans, department heads and key stakeholders what is required and suggested on course syllabi and distribute this information on the ConnectCarolina site, on Sakai and beginning-of-term communications.

The EOC reporting link is currently required on syllabi. The Undergraduate Student Government and Faculty Council are working together to standardize grade appeal information on syllabi.

Provide greater accessibility to food for students residing on south campus.

Carolina Dining Services provides a free, seven-day-a-week delivery service to all meal plan holders for lunch and dinner options. Meal plan holders can select from Chase daily menus using the GET app for delivery to the residence hall/residence hall community of their choice. This supplements an existing program for students to order food delivered from over 30 local restaurants.

Chase Hall re-opened late-night dining operations in fall 2021, Sunday-Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Subway and Rams Market continue to provide late-night dining options at Chase Hall/Rams Deck parking area seven days a week as well. Port City Java is open for breakfast and lunch.

In February 2022, Carolina Dining Services and Carolina Housing will hold student focus groups to assess other dining needs on South Campus. These discussions will help inform plans for an additional dining concept in a residence hall or other building and updated dining options in Rams Market.



Agents of White Supremacy should be disallowed on campus out of concerns for escalating violence, continued trauma and risk of student safety.

Consistent with our responsibility to uphold the First Amendment, which generally permits public gatherings and protest events on campus, the University is working with student organizations and other partners to create alternative programming away from the site of any visiting group on campus. To implement this, student guides can actively encourage passersby to visit an alternate location to show support for the campus community.