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The University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council was charged by the Provost on May 21, 2020.

Acting with the Committee Co-Chairs, the University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council is charged to:

  • Develop and recommend short- and long-term strategic goals, including the business case, for (Interim) CDO and the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion that are informed by the Carolina Next strategic plan
  • Connect DEI campus activities, courses, research and policies to the Carolina Next strategic plan
  • Provide guidance, feedback and consultation for the (Interim) Chief Diversity Officer in setting priorities for programs, policies and services that are part of the UODI official strategic plan
  • Assist the (Interim) CDO and the UODI team with embedding the DEI function across the University, including in schools, departments, units and organizations
  • Develop a communications plan to share the work of this Council with the University community
  • Develop a method to analyze the effectiveness in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (UDEI) Council is comprised of chief diversity officers from the respective schools/colleges and key senior leadership. The UDEI Council serves as the advisory council and recommending body to the Chancellor, the Provost and the Vice Provost/Chief Diversity Officer, and liaisons to schools and colleges across campus. The UDEI works closely with the Vice Provost/CDO to help implement Carolina’s diversity, equity, and inclusion action plan and to promote knowledge, skills and best practices.

University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Members


Sibby Anderson-Thompkins

Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Equity and Inclusion/
Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Gretchen C. Bellamy
Senior Director, Education, Operations and Initiatives
University Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Sabrina Burmeister
Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Kauline Cipriani
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Gillings School of Global Public Health

Debbi Clarke
Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Projects
Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Sylvia Frazier-Bowers
Associate Professor,
Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Equity
School of Dentistry

Jennifer Gerz-Escandon
Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Education and Fellowship Programs
Graduate School

Patricia Harris
Director of Recruitment
School of Education

Amy Hertel
Chief of Staff
Chancellor’s Office

Dwight Hollier
Senior Associate Athletic Director

Trevy McDonald
Associate Professor
Hussman School of Media & Journalism

Dawn Osborne-Adams (ex officio)
University Ombuds

Shielda Rodgers
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
School of Nursing

E. Nathan Thomas
Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
School of Medicine

Aimee Wall
Professor
School of Government

Sherry Wallace
Executive Director, Engagement and Inclusion
Kenan-Flagler Business School

Brandon Washington (ex officio)
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor
Equal Opportunity and Compliance

Carla White
Clinical Assistant Professor
Eshelman School of Pharmacy