Communications from UNC's Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
March 01, 2021
Women's Herstory Month
Starting today and throughout March, we highlight Women's History Month. Additionally, we feature the scholarly work of one of our esteemed faculty members, Dr. Ather Zia. Organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978, Women's History Month was created to reshape American patriarchal history that largely neglected women's achievements. As we recognize Women's History Month, try to learn more about pioneering women, explore unfamiliar women like Hypatia and the profound influence she had, and seek out data that reveals today's gender inequality. Self-work (educating oneself), questioning conventional paradigms, and self-change disrupt the social norms that define women as inferior; therefore, discrimination, disregard, control, oppression, exploitation, and violence of women must be eliminated.
February 24, 2021
Dreamer Awareness Month: Scholars in the Making
In March, we celebrate DREAMer Awareness Month. The term DREAMer is commonly used by students who relate with the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act movement. The movement also allows students to interrupt socialized ideas and terminology that are often used to describe them, such as illegal, alien, criminal, and so forth. In 2012, the Obama administration provided a reprieve from deportation and initiated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program allows students to apply for a driver's license, social security number, and work permit. Under this program, approximately 680,000 DACA students are attending college and universities in the United States.
February 15, 2021
Name in Use Policy
We are happy and excited to announce a policy update for students, faculty, and staff. Our Name in Use (formerly the Preferred Name) Policy has been updated not only in accuracy of name but also for ease of use. As a reminder, “A first name by which an individual wishes to be identified, that is other than the individual's legal name, is a Name in Use. Beginning February 15, 2021 students, faculty, and staff may, if they wish, indicate a Name in Use via their URSA account. UNC students, faculty, and staff who wish to indicate a “name in use” should simply sign in to their URSA account, click on the “Update Name in Use or Personal Pronoun” link on the My Account tab.
February 12, 2021
Chinese New Year: A Renewal of Life
Happy Lunar New Year! The Chinese New Year celebration begins today, typically occurring between January and the end of February for 15 days. Welcome to the Year of the Ox! UNC faculty member of Chinese & Asian Studies, Dr. Michelle Low, encourages us to embrace the symbolism of the Ox, which is hard work, steadfastness, perseverance, and reliability. Moreover, Dr. Low uses resilience to connect what this past year has meant and urges us to reward ourselves (however that may be) for what we have endured this past year.
February 04, 2021
Staff of Color Community Network
The Staff of Color Community Network aims to foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among Staff of color while enhancing inclusivity at the University. This Network is created as an informal forum while providing an opportunity for interacting and forming relationships and connections across campus. This is not a committee or working group; instead, this group's purpose is intended for staff of color to gather with each other and discuss issues that impact staff of color on our campus.
February 01, 2021
Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
Black Heritage Month's tradition is upon us, and I am excited to celebrate the Black community's achievements and the rich history of Black culture. This month-long commitment has been a tradition in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States since the late 1970s. Carter G. Woodson created Black History Month to amplify and bring to the forefront particular issues in the Black community and educate how Black people and the Black community contributed to history and society. Founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in the early 1900s, Woodson used the Association to influence the shift from a week of Black History to a month-long endeavor and from Negro History Week to Black History Month.
January 21, 2021
Faculty of Color Community Network
The Faculty of Color Community Network aims to foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among faculty of color while enhancing inclusivity at the University. This Network is created as an informal forum while providing an opportunity for interacting and forming cross-disciplinary connections. This is not a committee or working group; instead, this group's purpose is intended for faculty of color to gather with each other and discuss issues that impact faculty of color on our campus.
January 14, 2021
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Next week we will honor the life, legacy, and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most notable for his speeches that spoke truth to power, this day was not quickly deemed as a holiday as we see it today. Shortly after his assassination in 1968, the campaign to federally recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. began; however, it was not until 1983 that the holiday was signed into law. Finally, in 2000, all 50 states formally acknowledged and observed the holiday.