2017 University Diversity Award winners w/senior leadership
2017 University Diversity Award winners, with senior leadership (photo: Brianna Ladd)

The University 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 eight categories. This year, the categories have been narrowed to six to better focus on individual contributions to diversity and inclusion:


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)



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.

Recipients of the award will be honored at a reception in the spring.

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

Please note:

The University Diversity Awards are intended for those who go above and beyond their assigned duties to promote diversity. Therefore, employees who have diversity education, management or compliance as their primary or secondary job responsibilities are not eligible for the award unless they have made an extraordinary contribution beyond their employment role.

Diversity Awards in the News:

2017 Recipients of the University Diversity Awards


Alumni Award

Kenneth Ward
Executive Director, College Bound


UNC Center for Civil Rights

Community Award I

Ryan Spurrier
Wesley Campus Ministry

Community Award II

Black Alumni Reunion

Faculty Award

Mark Katz
Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Director, Institute for the Arts & Humanities

Graduate/Professional  Student Award

Stephen Krueger, Master’s Student
School of Information and Library Science


Special Recognition Award

Christopher Wallace
Communiversity Youth Program


Staff Award

Dexter Robinson
College of Arts & Sciences

Undergraduate Student Award

Johnny Vang, Senior, Biology Major (Hickory)
Community Chair, Health Careers Club; Diversity Executive Committee Member, Student Government Association; Health on the Block, CHEOPS, and NC Health Careers Access Program


2016-2017 Diversity Award Committee

Diversity Award Chair
Dr. Virginia Miller, Professor of Genetics
School of Medicine

Lilian Hsiao, Associate Chair & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Asian Studies

Sertanya Reddy, Graduate Student
School of Arts & Sciences

Sara DePasquale, Assistant Professor, Public Law & Government
School of Government

Dr. DeVetta Holman Nash, Assistant Director
Student Wellness

Chloe Russell, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising
Undergraduate Education

Roy Hawke, Academic Director
School of Pharmacy

Monica Richard, Commission Chair
Orange County Human Relations Commission

Paul Cuadros, Associate Professor
School of Education

Michael Dominguez, Assistant Professor
School of Education

Annie Francis, Coordinator of Student Affairs
School of Social Work

Tre Shockley, Undergraduate Student
President, Black Student Movement

D&I Representative
Xiaowen Qin, Director of Diversity Research, Assessment and Analytics
Diversity & Inclusion

D&I Administrative Liaison
Taneisha Henderson, Administrative Support Specialist
Diversity & Inclusion

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