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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Carolina

As the nation’s first public university, our mission is to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate and professional students to become the next generation of leaders.


Carolina’s commitment to diversity is strong. Our diversity enhances our educational programs, promotes the development of our students, brings different problem-solving approaches to bear on difficult challenges, creates vibrant workplace environments and enables us to achieve our mission as a leading public university.

All diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Carolina align with Build Our Community Together, the first priority in the University’s strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. Announced by Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz in December 2019, this roadmap drives the University’s strategic investment and decision-making on its journey to become the nation’s leading global public research university.

For more information, and a downloadable PDF of Carolina Next, click here.

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.

“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


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 multicultural 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, Latinx and American Indian — join together to fulfill this vision.

The University Office for Diversity, Equity & 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.


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Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Carolina

Your support helps ensure that a rising generation of students, educators, researchers and staff of all races, ethnicities and cultures feel a sense of belonging, as together we continue to serve through teaching, research, innovation and public service. For more information about giving opportunities, please reach out to Chris Barnes, Associate Director of Development for Centers & Institutes, at [email protected] or 919-962-6523.

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Latonya Brown-Puryear

Building a Bridge for Others

Summer Bridge alumna donated to the Summer Bridge program

Jessica Lambert Ward, director of the Carolina Collaborative for Resilience, talks with Tray Good, a CCR Resilience Coach and graduate coordinator. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Overcoming Identity-Based Stress

Resilience coaches provide identity-focused mentorship

Carolina students traverse campus in the foreground with South Building in the background.
Student Support

Ensuring First-Generation Student Success

UNC-Chapel Hill receives $1 million to join Kessler Scholars Collaborative, a national network of first-generation focused institutions.

Portrait of Bramwell sitting on a bench smiling
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Reshaping Pieces of History

Collaborating with museums as they engage in social justice work by re-examining the past

Mackenzie Thomas, Dedren Snead and Soltan Bryce sit in chairs in front of a classroom of students.

Candid Conversations with Influential Innovators

The first cohort of Shuford Innovators-in-Residence share diverse expertise and experiences with students in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship.

Terry Rhodes, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Music

Women’s Voices at Carolina

Giving voices to the many women that lead at Carolina