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Statement on Diversity from Dean Terry Rhodes

The College of Arts & Sciences, the largest school at Carolina, is a place of diverse talents, backgrounds, interests and experiences. This diversity — among our 19,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 1,600 faculty and staff — is one of our greatest strengths. We know that when people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives come together, new ways of thinking … Continued


Statement on Diversity from Sabrina Burmeister

Inclusive Excellence in the College of Arts & Sciences means recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion in meeting our goal of student-focused, scholarly excellence.


Pictured in group photo: 2019 Diversity Awards. Alumni – Howard Lee ’66, Chapel Hill’s mayor for three terms, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, NC Senator for 10 years, Chairman of the NC State Board of Education and Executive Director of the NC Education Cabinet. In retirement, founded the Howard Lee Institute. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from Carolina. Staff – O.J. McGhee, Manager, Instructional Media Services, Gillings School of Global Public Health Faculty – (TIE) Deb Aikat, Associate Professor, School of Media and Journalism and Evan Ashkin, Professor, UNC Family Medicine, Founder, NC FIT program, Physician, Prospect Hill Community Health Center, Regional Medical Director, Community Care of NC Graduate/Professional Student – Mariel Marshall, Master’s student of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in Allied Health Sciences. Undergraduate Student – Jermaine Bryant (senior, Johns Creek, GA), a Classics major Intergroup Collaboration – Diversity and Student Success in the Graduate School. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Six individuals and one program receive 2019 Diversity Awards

Using the tagline “an inclusive blue begins with you,” Carolina’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion presented its 11th annual awards April 29. Jermaine Bryant, senior majoring in classics in the College of Arts & Sciences, was recognized for his mentorship and critique of Latin and Greek narratives from a perspective different from most classical scholars.


Kristen Gardner, student in the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program at UNC-Chapel Hill. (photo by Lars Sahl)

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars program demonstrates success

A multi-institution study focuses on the replications of the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars program at Penn State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. The program is designed to increase diversity in STEM fields.


View of the Davie Poplar on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on July 12, 2018. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

New initiative to examine ‘race, memory and reimagining the public university’

A new shared learning initiative in the College of Arts & Sciences will support student learning and discussions about heritage, race, post-conflict legacies, politics of remembrance and contemporary projects of reconciliation. It will kick off in fall 2019.


Julia Gibson (right) stars as Lil Bit with Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Uncle Peck in "How I Learned to Drive." (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers presents Paula Vogel’s ‘How I Learned to Drive’

PlayMakers Repertory Company presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “How I Learned to Drive” by Tony Award-nominated playwright Paula Vogel. The production, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, will run from April 3 to 21, 2019.


Students in Glenn Hinson's "Descendants Project" class interviewed three generations of descendants of Warren County lynching victims at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (photo by Hannah Evans) (photo shows a night-time view of the museum with the Washington Monument in the background).

‘Much learning and healing happened’

Through a fall 2018 research-intensive QEP class, students interviewed nine descendants of a 1921 North Carolina lynching victim at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Their oral history interviews will be archived at the museum and in Wilson Library as part of the ongoing Descendants Project, which will capture the stories of living family … Continued


From left, playwright Jacqueline Lawton and dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James at a Dec. 1 workshop for "Edges of Time," a play about the life of black female journalist Marvel Cooke. (photo by Donn Young)

The marvelous life of Marvel Cooke

Edges of Time, a new play by Jacqueline Lawton, assistant professor of dramatic art and dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company, explores the life of black female journalist and activist Marvel Cooke.


Conrad Ma on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Commencement spotlight: Conrad Ma

This computer science major and Morehead-Cain Scholar used his love of beatboxing to make the transition to life in America after growing up in China. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f896eDMJ_y0 Beatboxing is a profession for some and a hobby for many more. For graduating Carolina senior Conrad Ma, it’s been a lifeline. When Ma moved from his China to study in the United States … Continued