DeVetta Holman-Copeland – Staff Diversity Award
Coordinator for Resilience and Student Support Programs,
Dr. Holman-Copeland has served in the capacity of Associate Director for Counseling and Wellness Services, Associate Director for Healthy Student Behaviors and presently, Coordinator of Resiliency and Student Success in her career at the University of North Carolina. There are several quotes that she uses as “guiding principles”, but her favorite is a Latin quote: Esse Quam Videri: “To Be, Rather than to Seem”. As a professionally trained primary prevention specialist, Health Educator and Duke Certified Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, Dr. Holman-Copeland is affectionately referred to by students as “Dr. D”. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as, her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. D. earned her Ph.D. from North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University.
Dr. D. has spearheaded several groups, organizations and think tanks on campus. The following are just a few which have impacted and advanced the mission of the University: DICE (Diversity & Inclusion in Collegiate Environments); SISTER TALK (Recognized as a UNC High Impact Program); SISTER TALK AFTER DARK; R.E.A.L. TALK, as well as, multiple population-based programs. Her passion for the overall well-being of students is demonstrated throughout her work at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. D. serves as the Faculty Advisor for several student organizations and Affinity groups. Each of these groups has propelled students to become more resilient, self-actualized, empowered and engaged both in and out of the classroom. She has collaborated with UNC campus partners on numerous initiatives to advance the mental, physical and emotional well-being of Carolina students. Her body of work emphasizes persistence, self-awareness, resiliency, a growth mindset and its relevance to personal agency in the classroom. Student groups and organizations have recognized her for exceptional leadership, mentorship, guidance and “Othermothering”. Dr. D. serves as the UNC Faculty Advisor for Carolina Curls, UNC Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP (formerly); and P.E.A.C.E. (Processing Emotions And Communicating Effectively) to name just a few. Dr. D. is frequently called upon to serve as a panelist for UNC Minority Graduate School programs. One of her most endearing roles is serving as a Faculty mentor to Covenant Scholars for over 12 years.
DeVetta serves on several campus committees. She was appointed by former Provost James Dean to the Advisory Board of the Carolina Women’s Center, Provost Committee on Inclusive Excellence, Ex-officio Advisory Board Member of Campus Health Services, and the Carolina Black Caucus. She is a past recipient of the C. Knox Massey Award, 2012 recipient of the UNC Diversity Award, Member of the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society, Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTSA) and Argonaut in the Order of the Golden Fleece. To give back to the community, Dr. D. serves as the Executive Director of Global Health Connections, Inc. hosting 2-week, residential Summer STEM camps for under-served middle school students in the eastern-most part of North Carolina. DeVetta is married to E. Rick Copeland and has one son.