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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)

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 2021 Recipients of the Diversity Awards

UNDERGRADUATE AWARD

Kira Griffith Anna Manocha
KIRA GRIFFITH (’21)
Neuroscience major
ANNA MANOCHA (’22)
Business Administration major
LEARN ABOUT KIRA LEARN ABOUT ANNA

 

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENT AWARD

Nikea Pittman Celeste Green
NIKEA PITTMAN
Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine
CELESTE GREEN
Resident Physician
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
LEARN ABOUT NIKEA LEARN ABOUT CELESTE

ALUMNI STUDENT AWARD

Frank Tillman III Janet Edwards
FRANK TILLMAN III (’15, BA; ’19 PharmD)
PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident
Department of Pharmacy, UNC Medical Center
JANET EDWARDS (’95, BS, Pharmacy)
Senior Account Specialist for Respiratory Biologics,
GlaxoSmithKline
LEARN ABOUT FRANK LEARN ABOUT JANET

STAFF AWARD

Betsy Ayankoya DeVetta Holman-Copeland
BETSY AYANKOYA
Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion;
Senior Technical Specialist,
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
DEVETTA HOLMAN-COPELAND
Coordinator for Resiliency and Student Support Programs,
Student Wellness
LEARN ABOUT BETSY LEARN ABOUT DEVETTA

FACULTY AWARD

Priscilla Layne Kennita Johnson
PRISCILLA LAYNE
Associate Professor,
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
KENNITA JOHNSON
Research Assistant Professor, Director of Diversity and Equity,
UNC-NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
LEARN ABOUT PRISCILLA LEARN ABOUT KENNITA

INTERGROUP COLLABORATION AWARDS

Jordan Institute for Families Counseling and Psychological Services
THE JORDAN INSTITUTE FOR FAMILIES CAPS MULTICULTURAL HEALTH PROGRAM
LEARN ABOUT THE JORDAN INSTITUTE FOR FAMILIES LEARN ABOUT THE CAPS MULTICULTURAL HEALTH PROGRAM

 

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

 

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.

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