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 to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity on the campus and in the community. The award is given annually in eight categories.

About the deliberation process: Nominees’ names were removed during consideration to de-identify each candidate. Decisions were based on the contribution made by each individual or group. Please see below for information on categories, criteria and last year’s recipients. Please scroll down to see this year’s recipients.

Diversity Awards in the News:


Individuals and groups are eligible for the award every four years

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate/Professional Student
  • Department or unit
  • Student Organization
  • Alumni
  • Community Member or Organization

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

Criteria for the awards are:

  • Advocated for diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups and/or social justice
  • Demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of cultural diversity and inclusion at UNC or in the community
  • Implemented or sponsored an event which cultivates diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated respect or inclusive treatment when interacting with others

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.

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