Carolina’s Best Diversity Practices
Campus units engaged in various strategies to advance and achieve the University’s diversity goals, and to ensure that all in our campus community feel welcomed, included and supported. Several are shared below to provide ideas and recommendations for schools, divisions and departments. This list is not designed to be all-inclusive, but to provide insights and ideas for campus units. Look through the lists below for ideas that you can use in your unit.
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- The School of Information and Library Sciences published a statement of diversity on a separate webpage on their website. The statement affirms that SILS embraces diversity as an ethical and social value and commits to preparing graduates to be leaders in a multicultural society by integrating diversity into the curriculum and research, recruiting underrepresented students, faculty, and staff, and participating in outreach to underserved groups.
- The School of Government also publicized their commitment to diversity on their website, noting how their commitment to diversity fits into their overarching mission to improve the lives of North Carolinians.
- The North Carolina Botanical Garden incorporated a commitment to diversity into their overall mission and core values (http://ncbg.unc.edu/mission-and-history/).
- The School of Social Work publicized their commitment to diversity in their magazine, Contact. The magazine highlights SSW’s diversity-related research and news, and regularly features diverse faculty and students.
- Carolina Public Health Magazine, published by the Gillings School of Global Public Health, focuses on research and practices aimed at reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes in vulnerable populations. It also frequently features diverse faculty, staff, and students.
- The North Carolina Botanical Garden offered programs to showcase diverse cultures, such as programs on Native American relationships to gardens and the linkages between natural resources and African-American history.
- The School of Social Work held a panel on supporting LGBTQI identities in the workplace.
- Carolina Seminars participated in a collaboration with the Parr Center and the Institute of African-American Research to sponsor a special problem-focused seminar on racial literacies.
- The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research had a growing program on the healthcare workforce that addressed diversity in that population.
- The School of Nursing showcased their commitment to diversity with the Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award, which was awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who used the lens of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and culture to investigate the contributions of women and men of all colors to society, history, culture or thought.
- The College of Arts and Sciences highlighted the achievements of minority faculty, staff and students on the front page of their diversity website (http://college.unc.edu/diversity/). In the 2015-2016 year, the College featured more than 70 such stories.
- The School of Nursing produced a quick fact sheet with data on the diversity of faculty, students, and staff.
- The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) highlighted female employees during Women’s History Month in March.
- The Dean of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Barbara K. Rimer, participated in an annual, student-led Minority Health Conference with more than 800 participants in attendance, including faculty and staff.
- The Dean’s Council at the Gillings School, composed of all department chairs, deans and directors plus student government leadership, rewrote the School’s mission and values statements to more clearly reaffirm their commitment to diversity and inclusion, and took the lead in the process of refreshing their measures and setting quantitative benchmarks for diversity and inclusion. Department chairs and senior administrators reported their efforts and outcomes in advancing diversity and inclusion in annual reports.
- At the College of Arts and Sciences, diversity messages from Dean Kevin Guskiewicz and Kia Caldwell, Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives, signaled that the creation of an inclusive culture in the College was one of the highest priorities of the dean and his senior administration.
- The Dean of the School of Government, Mike Smith, wrote a public blog post on the School’s statement of commitment to diversity. Dean Smith also asked the SOG’s Diversity Committee to write a statement highlighting the focus on creating a culture of inclusion, recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce, and welcoming diverse experiences and views in the School’s teaching, writing, and advising.The Opening Access Working Group included over 70 administrators, faculty members and students who represented a wide array of units dealing directly with underserved student populations. Among these units were Academic Counseling, Accessibility Resources and Service, the American Indian Center, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Housing and Residential Education, the LGBTQ Center, and Scholarships and Student Aid. The working group met twice a year to shape programming and share information about best practices and/or progress of diversity and inclusion.
- The School of Social Work had a standing Diversity Committee and an organization known as the Race Inclusion Social Justice Initiative. The Diversity Committee, composed of faculty, staff, and students, met on a monthly basis to develop diversity education and awareness events for the School. The Race Inclusion Social Justice Initiative, also composed of students, faculty, and staff, highlighted issues of race and social justice and created supportive forums for dialogue on emerging race and social justice issues within the School, University, and the greater community.
- The College of Arts and Sciences had 34 active department diversity liaisons. The diversity liaisons for physics and astronomy, biology, and chemistry had taken a leading role in developing trainings on unconscious bias in graduate admissions and faculty searches. In addition, the Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity was established to advise the dean on all matters of diversity and help the dean develop a five-year plan for key initiatives around diversity and inclusion. The key initiatives include conducting a course inventory to identify intersections and course content on topics of diversity and inclusiveness; calling for a “supercourse” on topics of diversity and inclusiveness to be developed and taught in the College in spring 2017; and organized a series of faculty diversity workshops known as Understanding Differences during the spring and summer of 2016.
- In the School of Media and Journalism, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee collected demographic information for the School’s various committees, the Dean’s Cabinet, and faculty and staff meetings to identify areas where cross-group learning and interaction or strategic goals setting were needed.
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