Campus Resources for EDI Excellence

UNCG has a variety of key leadership positions and affinity groups that are instrumental in promoting excellence in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across our campus. We believe that EDI should be infused in everything that we do. We see diversity and inclusive perspectives in our curriculum and degree offerings. We offer quality programs for students. We challenge our faculty, students, and staff to engage and participate in this community. Take a moment to discover the many resources, people, and groups that are helping to promote EDI excellence and a healthy campus climate for our students, faculty, and staff.

Chancellor’s Fellows for Campus Climate

Dr. Andrea Hunter (term beginning 2020) and Dr. Julia Mendez Smith (term 2016-2021) are responsible for leading the University’s work around campus climate, especially with regard to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence. The fellows serve as key members of the administration, identifying opportunities, developing new initiatives, and collaborating with campus and community partners to strengthen and support a healthy campus climate at UNC Greensboro.

Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion includes representation from each college or school at UNCG. The Faculty Committee addresses ongoing planning and implementation of the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence initiatives from a faculty perspective. The Committee specifically focuses on: (a) hiring practices to grow and develop a diverse faculty (i.e., as related to recruitment, retention, and mentoring underrepresented faculty), (b) cultural competence and responsiveness across the community and within curricula, and (c) discrimination based on age, race, gender, disability, religion, socio-economic status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. The Faculty Committee collaborates with the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence.

Schools, Colleges, and Units Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Across UNCG, there are a number of diversity groups that are responsible for creating, monitoring, and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence through a variety of approaches including offering programming, supporting student and faculty initiatives around EDI, offering mini-grants, and granting awards for EDI excellence. Explore more about EDI excellence within the University’s colleges and schools:

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence

Chancellor Gilliam has charged a committee of committed individuals on campus to contribute to a healthy campus climate by analyzing, monitoring, and providing input regarding EDI issues at UNCG. The current membership of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence includes representatives from major departments, units, and stakeholders on campus. Originally formed in 2009, this committee has a longstanding commitment to ensuring EDI excellence at UNCG through a variety of strategies and contributes regular feedback to the administration regarding necessary steps to ensure a healthy campus climate.

Members of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence:
NameUnit or ProgramEmail
Shelly Brown-JeffyADVANCE[email protected]
Kisha Carmichael*Staff Senate[email protected]
Briana CazaBryan School[email protected]
Crystal DixonHealth and Human Services[email protected]
Kathleen EdwardsInstitute for Community and Economic Engagement[email protected]
Edmund GaytonStudent Government Associate[email protected]
Stephanie GuzmanInternational Programming[email protected]
Victoria HammettSchool of Nursing[email protected]
Gerald Holmes*University Libraries[email protected]
Andrea Hunter (Chair)Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate[email protected]
Brad Johnson*School of Education/LEARN[email protected]
Mary LandersAdvancement
Patricia LynchHuman Resources[email protected]
August Pena*Center for Intercultural Engagement[email protected]
Laura Pipe*University Teaching and Learning Center[email protected]
Kristin RushboldtAthletics[email protected]
Julie Mendez SmithChancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate[email protected]
Gabriella SteinCollege of Arts and Sciences[email protected]
Anthony TaylorFaculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion[email protected]
Joan TitusCollege of Visual and Performing Arts[email protected]
Anika TrahanInformation Technology Services[email protected]
Leila Villaverde*School of Education[email protected]
Whitley GrantIntern[email protected]
Brad WrennMilitary Affiliated Services[email protected]

*Leaders of EDI Action Pods

Chancellor’s Council

The Chancellor’s Council provides a variety of input and perspectives to ensure that the administration actively consider equity, diversity, and inclusion in the leadership of the University, as well as the need to examine barriers to access and impediments that impact educational opportunity and advancement for all members of our campus community.

UNCG Board of Trustees Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Board of Trustees of UNCG supports building on this legacy as we collectively strive to fulfill the mission of UNCG “to redefine the public research university for the 21st century as an inclusive, collaborative, and responsive institution making a difference in the lives of students and the communities it serves.” Read the full statement.

Title IX Coordinator

Murphie Chappell, Title IX Coordinator, coordinates the Title IX office. Her on-campus location is Elliott University Center, Room 238.

The iBelong Project for Students

Launched in Spring 2019, the iBelong Project seeks to understand how students experience our campus now, and how to help the University better meet the learning, professional and personal needs of all our current and future students. The project utilizes the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) survey developed by the National Institute for Transformation and Equity. Undergraduate students can participate in the iBelong Project by taking an anonymous feedback survey and attending campus climate discussion forums. Learn more and view the survey report.

Affinity Groups:

Affinity groups play a key role at UNCG in creating networks and a sense of belonging for students, faculty and staff. Read about some of our student and employee affinity groups

Student Affinity Groups and Organizations

From academic programs, special lectures and events to student organizations and groups, the UNCG campus community enjoys many opportunities to take action. Explore student organizations, including affinity groups, at UNCG. Affinity groups are for undergraduate and graduate students, and provide support and encouragement through shared interests and opportunities to engage with fellow students and the entire campus community.

Faculty Affinity Groups:


Alianza is UNC Greensboro’s faculty and staff organization for Latinx and Hispanic issues. Since 2013, UNC Greensboro’s Alianza has been a gathering point for university employees who are interested in collaborating around issues that impact Hispanic/Latino staff, initiatives that enhance activity on campus related to the Hispanic/Latino cultures and communities – and they also serve as a network to support prospect and enrolled students. Alianza was named an Inspiring Affinity Group in 2020 by Insight into Diversity Magazine.

UNCG ACE Women’s Network

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. Each state network is led by a state chair who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within that state. The ACE Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. Learn more about the UNCG ACE Women’s Network.

UNCG Policy on Discrimination and Harassment

UNCG is committed to equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons and will not tolerate any discrimination against or harassment of persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, genetic information, veteran status, disabling condition, or age

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