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Charge to the Equity and Diversity Council

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming continues Tuesday at 5:30 pm in Lindou Auditorium.

Portions of the PBS documentary series will be shown, focusing on the migration of Latinos from the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico) to the US, followed by a discussion with Dr. Jose Suarez. Refreshments will be served.

At UNC, the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment that we want to facilitate for all of us.

Diversity is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

President Norton’s Charge to the Equity and Diversity Council

Your role is essential to making our campus a more just and vibrant community where we vigorously pursue equity and work to affirm the dignity of each community member.

I request that the Council assume the following responsibilities:

1. Serve as a touch point for organizations, programs, and courses that provide education and information. This may include, but is not limited to: serving as the hub for deliberate dialogues, cataloging and communicating current and future campus-wide efforts and providing training to campus-wide groups to advance understanding and actions related to diversity, inclusion, social justice and inter cultural competence among community members, prospective students, and donors.

2. Monitor and report on campus climate for students, faculty and staff through a multi-method approach.

3. Facilitate and report on UNC’s progress toward meeting the goals established in the Equity and Diversity Plan.

4. Provide recommendations to campus leadership on policy and training needs to increase the inter-cultural competency of UNC faculty, staff, and students as we continue to build the inclusive campus community described in the Extending Our Reach, Preserving our Heritage (formerly the Turning the Corner) publication.

5. Provide communication to the campus community related to diversity, inclusion and social justice.

6. Advise campus leadership on policy development related to diversity and inclusion.

President Kay Norton