Topics: Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is a unit in the Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement. The division was created in 2014 to bring together offices that help make UNC a more inclusive and welcoming place for all people. The office works to build an inclusive campus community. They do this by putting on programs and training dealing with diversity education. The office also researches issues related to diversity and tries to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

MSA helps ease the transition for Middle Eastern refugees

Living in a nation that has become entrenched in racial division, UNC Muslim Student Association Community Service Chair Rizk Alghorazi sees it as his responsibility to provide more than just an education to Middle Eastern refugees. He wants to provide them with a home.

Haitian author Edwidge Danticat calls for togetherness


Weaving a story of refugees, her own immigration and the world that her daughters must live in today, Edwidge Danticat, an activist and storyteller, delivered a call for togetherness in the 25th Annual Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture.

Community discusses racial issues in the school system


Parents, students, teachers and leaders of the school district gathered Saturday afternoon to share their experiences and grievances regarding racial disparities in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system.

Floraffiti and youth collaborators receive awards for project

community poem

 A group of students from diverse backgrounds gathered at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens on Saturday afternoon to read a poem they collaborated on. 

UNC: Rich in diversity or just plain rich?


The breakdown of UNC’s incoming class doesn’t vary much year to year. The percentage of out-of-state students always hovers at around 18 percent—where it has been capped for more than three decades.

Salem College stages week-long sit-in for diversity

Salem College students staged a week-long sit-in, which ended April 18, to call for greater diversity, better conditions on campus and decreased transphobia. 

Legislature elects 12 new members to UNC-system Board of Governors


Twelve new members will be introduced in the UNC-system Board of Governors in July — the majority of whom are white and Republican.

'We still have more to do': UNC minority faculty tops peer group at 11 percent


Though UNC ranks among the highest of its peer institutions in terms of diversity, many still see room for improvement in the percentage of faculty of color, female faculty and LGBTQ faculty.

'A family instead of just a dance team': Ek Taal prepares for next year


Hemali Oza, a junior environmental science and engineering student and captain of the Ek Taal dance team, has been dancing since seventh grade and was eager to find a club at UNC where she can continue her passion.

Black male enrollment at UNC hasn’t risen above 125 in a new class since 2009


For Chris Faison, the key to raising graduation and retention rates for male students of color lies in professional resources and listening to what the students themselves have to say.

Ephesus Elementary kicks off Black History Month celebrations


Ephesus Elementary School in Chapel Hill will celebrate Black History Month in February by engaging students in an array of activities and projects.

Q&A with UNC Muslim Students Association's Ayoub Ouederni


Ayoub Ouederni is the president of the UNC Muslim Students Association. Staff Writer Preston Lennon spoke with him about what UNC MSA is doing in light of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

More than 1,000 gather at RDU to protest 'Muslim ban' executive order


For one UNC graduate student from Iran, President Donald Trump’s executive orders last week shifted more than international policy.

Chapel Hill Lantern Festival brings about 10,000 people out for Chinese New Year


From decorating lanterns to decorating cookies, visitors at the Chapel Hill LIGHTUP Lantern Festival Saturday got a hands-on experience in celebrating the Chinese New Year. 

Festival lights up town for Chinese New Year later this month

The first Chapel Hill LightUp Festival will take place Jan. 28 to celebrate the Chinese New Year and cultural diversity throughout the community. 

Q&A with Jay Chaudhuri, the first Indian-American state legislator in N.C.


N.C. Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake, became the first Indian-American elected to the state legislature — and spoke with staff writer Rebecca Ayers.

Student Congress, finance committee struggle with gender diversity among members


When Ivy Hardy was elected to Student Congress in 2013, she decided to join finance committee so the committee, which had about 20 members at the time, would have more than one woman on it.

Soledad O'Brien honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with celebration speech


In her keynote speech, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien challenged the audience to draw upon Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and apply it to obstacles they face today.

Q&A with MLK Keynote student coordinator Jay Peterkin

During the week of Jan. 15, UNC will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several events and activities. 

Board of Governors committee discusses five-year plan

The UNC Board of Governors Committee on Strategic Planning met yesterday and discussed increased access, lowering the achievement gap and degree completion as part of a discussion of their five-year plan.