2018 Diversity Award Recipients w/Dr. G. Rumay Alexander (center)


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)

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.


2019 Diversity Awards Nominations

  • If nominating Intergroup Collaboration, please enter FIRST NAME: Intergroup LAST NAME: Collaboration.
  • If nominating Intergroup Collaboration, please enter "NA."
  • If nominating Intergroup Collaboration, please list group's affiliation.
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  • Thank you for your nomination!

The 2018 Recipients of the Diversity Awards


David Choi (’18)
Psychology & Neuroscience

Kristen Marion (’18)
Music & Public Policy


Meli Kimathi
Doctoral Student, Communications

Deanna Sipes
Doctoral Student, Allied Health


Joshua Rowsey (’13)

Kenneth Gaines Smith (’84)


Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson
Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management
Gillings School  of Global Public Health

Dr. William Sturkey
Assistant Professor
Department of History


Dawna Jones
Assistant Dean
Office of the Dean of Students

Kate Kryder
Co-Curricular Leadership Program Coordinator
Office of Student Life & Leadership


Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute RACE (Race, Ethnicity & Culture) Committee

S.P.I.R.E. (Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research & Education)


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


Diversity Awards in the News:


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