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Each year the University recognizes people and groups that have given their time and effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and in our surrounding community. As has always been the case, this work is vital as we build our community together.

There are six categories for which nominations are accepted, and two awards will be given out for each. The categories are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student/Professional Student/Post Doc
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Alumni
  • Intergroup Collaboration (an effort by units/groups/programs to bring together multiple perspectives to address a critical issue of diversity, equity and/or inclusion at Carolina or in the community)

Nominations have closed for the 2021 Diversity Awards.

Nomination Criterion

Nominations should reflect the ways a nominee has met at least one of the following criteria. Please note that awardees are eligible once every four years (though if an individual wins as part of an intergroup collaboration, they are still eligible for an individual award in another category in the future and will then be subject to winning only every four years).

  • Served as an outstanding advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion at the interpersonal, unit and/or institutional level;
  • Demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill and/or in the community through research, teaching, service and/or collaborative partnerships;
  • Demonstrated a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion within their areas of influence and modeled respect or inclusive treatment when interacting with others; and/or
  • Implemented an initiative, project and/or program that cultivates/advances/models diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina or within the community.

Nominations are accepted in January and February of each year. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Deliberation Process

The award selection committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, will engage in a review of applications and apply a broad definition of diversity and inclusion for the selection of finalists in each category. Award winners are notified in March each year.

Ceremony

The Diversity Awards ceremony is held in April each year. Due to COVID 19 closures, the event has been honored virtually.

For further information, please contact the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion at diversity@unc.edu.

 


 

The 2020 Recipients of the Diversity Awards

UNDERGRADUATE AWARD

Andrea Prego Graeme Strickland
ANDREA PREGO (’21)
Business Administration major, Public Policy Minor
GRAEME STRICKLAND (’20)
Business Administration and Peace, War & Defense
LEARN ABOUT ANDREA LEARN ABOUT GRAEME

 

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENT AWARD

Geovani Ramirez Effua Sosoo
GEOVANI RAMIREZ
Graduate Teaching Fellow

English and Comparative Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies
EFFUA E. SOSOO
Graduate Student
Clinical Psychology Program
LEARN ABOUT GEOVANI LEARN ABOUT EFFUA

ALUMNI STUDENT AWARD

Angel Collie Eugene Lao
ANGEL COLLIE (’10)
Assistant Director, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Duke University
EUGENE Y. LAO (’91)
General Counsel, Reltio
LEARN ABOUT ANGEL LEARN ABOUT EUGENE

STAFF AWARD

Monica Figueroa Patricia Harris
MONICA FIGUEROA
Music Cataloging Librarian and Interim Librarian for Inclusive Excellence, University Libraries
PATRICIA HARRIS
Director of Recruitment, School of Education, Vice Chair of Carolina Black Caucus
LEARN ABOUT MONICA LEARN ABOUT PATRICIA

FACULTY AWARD

Echo Meyer Joseph Megel
ECHO MEYER
Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics Departments Consultation Liaison Programs
Founder and Co-Director, Gender Wellness and Equality Clinic
Chief of Psychology, School of Medicine
JOSEPH MEGEL
Artist in Residence
Teaching Professor in Performance Studies
Director, UNC’s Process Series
LEARN ABOUT ECHO LEARN ABOUT JOSEPH

INTERGROUP COLLABORATION AWARD

TEAM ADVANCE logo Asian American Center Campaign logo
TEAM ADVANCE Asian American Center Campaign Team
LEARN ABOUT TEAM ADVANCE LEARN ABOUT THE ASIAN AMERICAN CENTER CAMPAIGN TEAM

 

Diversity Awards in the News:

 

2021 Diversity Awards Selection Committee

Dr. Erin Malloy, Director/Professor (CHAIR)
Medical School Education, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Benjamin Frey, Professor
Department of American Studies

Patricia Harris, Director of Recruitment/Vice Chair Carolina Black Caucus
School of Education

Shahnaz Khawaja, Assistant Director, Resiliency & Recovery Strategies
Student Wellness

Dr. Trevy McDonald, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Associate Professor
Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Kathy Nguyen, Undergraduate Student
Psychology and Neuroscience

Josmell Perez, Director
Carolina Latinx Center

Dr. Terri Phoenix, Director
LGBTQ Center

Dr. Annette Rodriguez, Assistant Professor
Department of American Studies

Hannah Spinrad, Campus Director
NC Hillel

Dr. Deshira Wallace, Postdoc
Carolina Population Center

Kathy Wood, Director, Diversity & Student Success
The Graduate School

 

For further information, please contact UODI at diversity.@unc.edu.