McGhee, chairperson of the Carolina Black Caucus and information technology manager in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, attended Kim Barrett’s open forum for her candidacy for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. There, Barrett stressed diversity in the academic world.
“It was refreshing to hear you say that UNC has a very good diversity and multicultural affairs program, yet that shouldn’t let the colleges within the University off the hook,” he said to her during the forum.
UNC has been searching for a new dean to replace current Dean Karen Gil, and Barrett is among four other finalists seeking this position.
During her forum, Barrett, dean of graduate studies at the University of California San Diego since 2006, emphasized the need for diversity.
“Unless everybody cares about diversity and unless everybody is responsible for it, equity, inclusion and diversity don’t happen,” Barrett said.
She said while the University’s efforts are important, the College of Arts and Sciences needs to be making its own.
Barrett is a native of the United Kingdom and was a first-generation college student herself. She believes her experience as a first-generation student has and will continue to help her as a dean.