Adrianne Gibilisco is the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Communications Specialist, bringing with her a wealth of experience as a wordsmith in a variety of fields. Her skills as a writer and publicist were honed over many years logged as a music journalist, and as head of her entertainment PR firm, Stone Communications. An award-winning screenwriter and celebrated journalist, she has also edited books, written radio show scripts, and edited radio news. In addition, she crafted the script for Smart Sex, the AIDS Awareness video currently used in the Los Angeles Unified School district to educate students about AIDS/HIV; edited Countering Terrorism & WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Katona), a historical analysis of bioterrorism; and, serves as co-director for the Center of Multi-Media Educational Technology (COMMET).
Prior to joining UODI, Adrianne worked at UNC’s LGBTQ Center, where she crafted press releases, wrote the weekly newsletter, and developed the Alumni publication, Aluminate. “Much of the work there was about creating visibility, promoting activism and facilitating positive change for underserved and underrepresented populations…which is very similar to the focus of UODI. I am looking forward to continuing in that arena and extending the reach of UODI beyond the campus community,” she says.
Becoming a member of the D&I team allows Adrianne to work alongside people who share a passion for supporting academic excellence. “The programming we do at UODI, from NC Renaissance and Project Uplift, to MLK events, THINKPosium, the Race, Racism & Racial Equity (R3) Symposium, and countless other celebrations of diversity and differing identities is incredible. We engage, elevate and support our students on their entire journey, from before they matriculate at Carolina, throughout their UNC experience and when they become alumni. Most of the communications and marketing designed to enhance this objective comes through D&I’s office. I’m so thrilled to be collaborating on presenting our message.”
A New York escapee (whose greatest challenge since moving south has been curbing her NY sarcasm), Adrianne is also thrilled to have found an oasis for healthy outdoor living. A certified health coach and sports enthusiast, she can often be found with her husband and daughter, kayaking at a nearby lake, hiking on the many trails, or biking on the neighborhood streets of Chapel Hill.
How do you identify yourself?
Jewish, first-generation American, child of Holocaust survivors, female, a dedicated ally.
List three things that people would be surprised to learn about you.
1. I played bass in a heavy metal band
2. I won $50,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
3. I am a certified health coach.
Whom do you admire and why?
Leaders who are unafraid to stand up to institutionalized power structures in politics, corporate America and higher education, as well as those brave firefighters, police and rescue squads who charge into dangerous situations to save others. Also, Golda Meir, Melinda Gates and other trailblazers. And, perhaps most, my mother, at the age of 13, defiantly faced Dr. Mengele upon entering Auschwitz…and taught me not to hate.