2019 Diversity Award winners, flanked by Felicia A. Washington (Vice Chancellor of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement), Gretchen C. Bellamy (Senior Director of Education, Operations & Initiatives, University Office for Diversity and Inclusion) and Kevin M. Guskiewicz (Interim Chancellor)


The Diversity Award recognizes significant contribution, time and effort of Carolina community members towards advancing an inclusive climate for excellence in teaching, research, public service and academic endeavor. The award has been given annually in six categories.


Individuals are eligible for the award every four years

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate/Professional Student
  • Alumni
  • Intergroup collaboration (an effort by units/groups/programs to bring together multiple perspectives to address a critical issue of equity or diversity at Carolina)

Nominations should reflect the ways a nominee has:

  • Advocated for diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill and/or in the community;
  • Modeled respect or inclusive treatment when interacting with others; and/or
  • Implemented an initiative, event or program which cultivates diversity and inclusion

Deadline for Nominations: February 14


The 2019 Recipients of the Diversity Awards


Jermaine Bryant

Jermaine Bryant (’19)


Mariel Marshall

Mariel Marshall
Master’s student of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in Allied Health Sciences


Senator Howard Lee

Howard Lee (’66)


Deb Aikat


Deb Aikat
Associate Professor, School of Media and Journalism

Evan Ashkin

Evan Ashkin
Professor, UNC Family Medicine


O.J. McGhee
Manager, Instructional Media Services
Gillings School of Global Public Health



Diversity and Student Success in the Graduate School

Criteria for the awards are:

  • Outstanding advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the interpersonal, unit and institutional level
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill and/or in the community through research, teaching, service and collaborative partnerships
  • Demonstrates a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion within their areas of influence
  • Implements initiatives which cultivate/advance/model diversity and inclusion within the Carolina community

About the deliberation process: The award selection committee, made up of faculty, staff and students, will engage in a blind review of applications and apply a broad definition of diversity and inclusion for selection of finalists in each category.


Diversity Awards in the News:


Click here to view 2018 Recipients of the Diversity Awards

Click here to view 2017 Recipients of the Diversity Awards


2019 Diversity Award Committee

Dr. G. Rumay Alexander, Diversity Award Chair and Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Diversity Officer,
Diversity & Inclusion

Jaci Field, Building Director
Eddie Smith Field House

Dr. Eric Hodges, Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Dr. Nadia Korobova, Associate Director
University Career Services

Dr. DeVetta Holman Nash, Resiliency and Student Support Programs Coordinator
Student Wellness

Meredith Tozzer, Executive Assistant
Office of the Chancellor

For further information, please contact D&I at diversity@unc.edu