Diversity in the Campaign for Carolina

Carolina’s commitment to diversity is strong. While fostering deeper relationships between the University and its multicultural community, we celebrate a diverse environment where faculty, students and staff can thrive and nurture excellence. Your support helps Carolina open its doors, welcoming people from all races, ethnicities and cultures as we continue to serve the world through teaching, research, innovation and public service.

To support diversity in the campaign, please contact:
Cynthia Butler
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor

    It’s imperative for alumni of color to actively participate in making financial commitments to the University, which will allow us to be visible and to contribute in the discussions regarding the future of our institution.
    – Michael Kennedy ’79, Co-chair of the Campaign for Carolina
    Diversity empowers our vision for the future

    Carolina’s student body becomes more diverse with each entering class, creating a richer and more dynamic academic experience for all students. Every group is unique in its history, traditions, background and experiences, but all are woven together to form the very fabric of this great institution.

    The Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity is dedicated to serving Carolina’s multi-cultural communities by engaging diverse alumni in the life of the University. The committee builds on the work of the Minority Alumni Committee, created in 1999 as part of the Carolina First Campaign, the University’s last major campaign.

    By continuing to engage these critical alumni groups, the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity creates new leadership roles and funding opportunities to advance Carolina’s leadership mission in higher education. The committee’s four sub-committees — the African American, Asian, Latina/o and American Indian — join together to fulfill this vision.

    The Diversity Strategy Committee for the Campaign for Carolina

    As part of the Campaign for Carolina, the Diversity Strategy Campaign Committee was established to build upon the success of the outreach to diverse communities and alumni in Carolina First. Chaired by Michael Kennedy ’79, also one of the co-chairs of the Campaign for Carolina, the Diversity Strategy Campaign Committee will work with alumni of color to match their philanthropic interests with the University’s priorities.

    The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion

    At Carolina, our support for diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, age, physical ability, sexual identity and geography. The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion enriches the experience for the entire Carolina community by building understanding across differences, creating conditions to ensure the equitable educational and social benefits of diversity, and cultivating a welcoming and supportive environment on our campus.

    The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, sponsors Project Uplift annually to enhance the diversity of Carolina’s undergraduate population. During May and June, approximately 1,000 rising seniors and other secondary students participate in this unique early recruitment program.

    Watch the video clip below to learn how much Project Uplift helps ensure an intellectually vibrant and diverse student population by eliminating the barriers that divert otherwise qualified, motivated students off the path to a Carolina degree, in the words of former student body president Elizabeth Adkins ’18:

    In recognition of our outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, UNC-Chapel Hill has been named a recipient, for the fourth time, of the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

    Diversity Funding Priorities

    Building a Diverse Future


    Fostering Opportunity and Inclusion

    “When I was doing my estate plan, I considered the causes that are important to me,” said Artis, a Greensboro, N.C., native. “This is a natural extension of the giving I do while I’m living.”


    A Place to Be Themselves

    The Carolina Mxle Scholars Program fosters a sense of belonging.


    Picking Up The Torch

    Blake Hite is on the path to becoming a promising Native leader and to illuminating the stories and lived experiences of present day American Indians.

      Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders

      Student Support

      Leading The Way

      Founded in 1968, Project Uplift gives high-achieving high school students from historically under-served populations a firsthand opportunity to live, lead and learn about Carolina.


      Travel Opens Your Eyes

      Alumna Maribel Carrion created the Global Takeoff: Puerto Rico program to encourage students who are generally underrepresented in traditional study abroad programs to take that first critical step in a lifelong journey of global engagement.


      Sharing time and talent

      Thomas Wong bleeds Carolina blue.

        A Legacy of Leadership


        Providing Community

        "We don't turn anyone away," says Maria Erb. "Ever," Kathy Wood adds emphatically.

        Faculty Support

        ‘Include everyone’

        "The challenge keeps me continually exploring how students learn best.”


        Only a Spark

        “The support for the initiative is overwhelming. The school board, school system, teachers, and the parents are all engaged and committed.”