Effective September 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences has begun a process to create a Strategic Plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
The work of the DEI Strategic Plan Committee is on schedule. The committee has advanced from the assessment phase to the visioning phase and is currently defining a mission and vision for the plan.
Dean Rhodes allocated six tenure-track/tenured faculty lines in the FY20 search authorization process as part of cluster hires that focus on topics of health, wellness and communities through the lens of racial equity and social justice and that we predict will attract new faculty of color. These hires, to start in July 2021, will focus on the following areas and/or the intersection of such: Black families and communities and health, wellness and health equity of Black, indigenous and other communities color.
In addition to these hires, the dean authorized the departments of history and African, African-American and diaspora studies to hire two new faculty in the area of U.S. slavery.
The Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program offers merit-based scholarships, opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research, professional development, leadership training, mentorship, and other programming designed to pave the way for academic success and future achievement. Along the way, students join a community of scholars committed not only to individual excellence, but also to challenging preconceptions of the scientist archetype and creating a more inclusive culture within the STEM academy.
College Conversations to Uphold Equity series (CUES) is a facilitated discussion series initiated in 2021 to forward the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These conversations will bring together faculty and staff in the College as well as other university community members to discuss an array of topics concerning equity, belonging and well-being. We believe that by forging informative dialogues, we contribute to providing a safe and rich intellectual space for faculty, staff, and members of the community to engage one another about equity in community. Thus, we support the larger mission of the College and university to foster a vibrantly inclusive and equitable community.
The UNC-Chapel Hill community, like others across the United States, has experienced in recent months painful incidents of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia, leading to increased feelings of fear and vulnerability on campus. In addition, less visible forms of racism permeate our everyday lives and inform the structures within which we live and work. In response, the College of Arts & Sciences launched the Countering Hate initiative in fall 2019.
The Critical Ethnic Studies Collective is a new initiative to convene faculty engaged in research that focuses on intersectional thought and social justice in diverse communities. This research has been transformative for both institutions and individuals in the global community. At Carolina, we hope we can bring this perspective to the work of the South by providing our own infrastructure. We envision a different kind of “south,” where students and faculty can engage issues of reparation and sovereignty, (im)migration and labor, gender difference and inclusion as categories with overlapping strands, rather than competing ideologies
Across units within the College of Arts and Sciences, many efforts exist to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In our dedication to strengthening DEI broadly in the College as well as our continued work with faculty, staff and departments, the Dean’s Office is pleased to announce its 2022 DEI Grants for Unit-Level Support. The goal of this funding initiative is to support and enhance DEI within units by allowing those units to identify and receive support for their greatest and most immediate areas of DEI need.