Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence Initiative

The page has turned on 2020, a year of great pain, and of hope.

The dual impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the tragic murders of George Floyd and many others have led to an unprecedented awareness of social and racial disparities in health and well-being, as well as for liberty and justice.

In social protest we have come together as a nation, as never before, to acknowledge difficult truths about the persisting legacies of racism and to create change.

Among institutions of higher learning, there has been a call to action in response.

As a leading public university in North Carolina that serves a diverse student body, it is our responsibility to ensure equity in education and in employment.

We must also create a safe and inclusive environment for all ethnicities, racial backgrounds, religions, ability status, socioeconomic backgrounds, first-generation status, sexuality, and gender identities. 

Though our successes are many, we will do more to address systemic racism, inequality, and marginalization of all kinds on our campus and in our community.

Our Call to Action is to be a university where equity, diversity, and inclusion are not only what we say but what we do, and more, who we are – such that it is a part of our DNA.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are actionable values. Inclusive, just, and equitable outcomes are promoted by good management, data-driven best practices, and intentional policies. Leadership, as a collaborative-participatory effort, and accountability sustain efforts toward inclusive excellence.

To seed these aims, our plan for the 2020-2021 academic year has been as follows:

Action Framework

Advance an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence Action Framework and Roadmap to guide campus-wide efforts toward systemic change.

Pathways to Equity

Invest in Pathways to Equity through mentoring, faculty success, and leadership development for underrepresented faculty.

Inclusive Excellence

Promote Inclusive Excellence with education and training, and provide guidance for discovery assessment and strategic priorities planning for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Diversity Dashboard

Assessment, evaluation, and strategic planning help us understand the sources and outcomes of systemic inequality, establish priorities for strategic action to promote equity and excellence, and identify appropriate metrics and accountability measures to achieve and sustain systemic change.

Training Commons

The Training Commons is a portal for information and resources about targets of diversity education and training, and campus-wide links to offices and programs that offer resources and training. Consultation and facilitation requests from units, programs/departments, and organizations may also be submitted here.

Read campus commitments to race equity and systemic change for equity, diversity, and inclusion