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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.


Intersectionality event discusses minority issues at UNC

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp asked students to question their differences and institutions of racism.


Three departments collaborate to create diversity 'supercourse' on intersectionality

In the spring semester, UNC will offer a new diversity super course, called Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice.


Spellings focuses on access and diversity in inauguration speech

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UNC-system President Margaret Spellings addressed the issues facing low-income and minority students at system schools during her inauguration Thursday. 


Die-in at the Union gave students space to express their reactions to the week's police shootings

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For ten minutes on Friday afternoon, the usually bustling Student Union was silent as students lay down on the building’s ground floor with their fists in the air.


Diversity liaisons work to ensure UNC's campus is inclusive

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UNC has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the second year in a row from Insight into Diversity, a higher education magazine. 


Inclusion and Diversity Climate survey has an unknown launch time

UNC planned to launch an Inclusion and Diversity Climate survey on March 29, but has postponed due to controversial law changes. 


Faculty discuss privilege, diversity before Spring Break

UNC’s Faculty Council once again put diversity at the center of the group’s monthly meeting Friday afternoon.

The pre-spring break meeting began with diversity training from Elizabeth Dickinson, a professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a discussion of privilege.

“People in positions of power — we can create all the policies we want.