Members of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss how to diversify and globalize UNC's campus.
The first topic discussed was UNC’s incoming strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. While the full plan is set to be presented to the Board of Trustees in November and is subject to some minor changes, interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said they have already begun work to put the first initiative into action: building community together.
Guskiewicz said UNC has hosted four community building forums within the last six weeks, which have helped to define diversity goals and plans for properly creating an infrastructure support program to meet these goals.
“We also need to think about how we actually capture experiences because all the numbers don’t tell stories,” said Rohit Ramaswamy, a professor in the Public Health Leadership Program.
Guskiewicz said his focus is on figuring out how to make diversity real and how to know that the University is on the right track toward diversity. Programming within the first initiative has worked closely with the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, but Guskiewicz said he hopes the office can establish a more direct line with senior leadership.