The UNITE series presented by the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion gives Faculty & Staff the opportunity to begin or continue to engage in conversations in relation to inclusion across a broad range of identities.
Faculty & Staff can complete the UNITE series by registering for any of the workshops via HR Cornerstone System and then attending educational trainings through the Fall and Spring semesters. Faculty & Staff will be provided with certificates of completion for each course to be placed in employees files.
Offered UNITE Workshops for Spring 2023
Exploring Equity & Inclusion Foundations
Participants obtain an overview of equity and inclusion by exploring social identities and understanding current social issues through this interactive workshop that assists students in how to exercise their agency and power as an individual and in collective actions.
- Thursday, January 26
9 - 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, February 22
2- 4 p.m.
- Friday, March 24
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
- Monday, April 10
1- 3 p.m.
Spirituality & Religious Identity Dialogues
What is religion? Spirituality? Faith? How can you increase your religious literacy? Join us for an interactive workshop exploring concepts related to meaning-making and how we, as a campus community, can be more inclusive in our interfaith engagement.
- Monday, February 13
2 - 4 p.m.
- Monday, March 6
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Advocacy & Equity Minded Lens
In this praxis-centered session, advocates in higher education gain tools for justice and practice implementing them in their own journeys through an equity-minded lens.
- Monday, Janurary 30
1 - 3 p.m.
- Monday, February 27
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Race & Racism 101
This session provides an overview of the history and role of race within US history, including its current role within contemporary culture. Participants will engage in critical analysis of race, ethnicity and nationality, as well as examine their own respective identities as it relates to race & culture.
- Wednesday, January 25
9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 10
10 - Noon
Race & Racism 201
This interactive workshop will provide participants with an overview of modern oppressive systems, with critical examination of positionality and identity within those systems. Participants will also examine their own praxis of race by dissecting and engaging developmental and sociological theory.
- Wednesday, March 5
2 - 4 p.m.
- Thursday, April 13
10 a.m - Noon
Understanding & Fostering Welcoming Spaces for Neurodivergence
Grounded in best practices from neurodiverse communities and mental health professional standards of practice, participants will learn more about the range of identities under the neurodiverse umbrella as well as how to support neurodiverse needs on and around campus.
- Monday, February 61 - 3 p.m.
- Monday, April 3
10 a.m. - Noon
HSI 201 - Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution – ‘Servingness’ in Practice
Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution – ‘Servingness’ in Practice, focuses on the important differentiation of being Hispanic serving and not just Hispanic enrolling to achieve the HSI designation. Join in this session to learn about the concept, indicators, and application of servingness (Garcia, Nuñez, and Sansone, 2019) and begin to develop actionable steps and strategies that pertain to your community of practice.
- Tuesday, Feburary 21
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 7
9 - 11 a.m.
UNITE Workshops Offered in Future Semesters
Examining Socio-economics Status
Participants will examine socioeconomic status and the wide range of definitions from a class cultural lens. Knowing class is an intersectional experience, participants will not only acknowledge their SES experience but also how they can apply their knowledge to the UNC classroom and the greater community. Participants will engage in conversations about social class and explore ways to begin the disruption of social stratification in a national context.
HSI 101 – Why Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution Matters
Why Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution Matters, focuses on 3 main outcomes. 1) Learn terms, definitions, historical context and critical facts related to HSI’s. 2) Understanding why academic and career success through greater college-attendance rates and higher degree-attainment rates contributes to ‘closing the achievement gap of Latinx students.’ 3) Reflecting on current institutional practices, policies, and structures that might impact our work with Latinx students at UNC.
Disability & Accessibility
Why are individuals with disabilities often forgotten in conversations about diversity and inclusion? What does social justice mean for a college student with a disability? What does Disability Resource Center really do besides proctoring exams? We discuss the student resources, demographics, trends and changing language.
Inclusivity in Mental Health
A workshop that will deconstruct the dominant narratives around mental health in our society and examine how contextual factors such as identity and culture inform experiences of mental health. Participants will better understand how various stressors might contribute to negative outcomes and impact folks in different ways. Participants will learn how to engage with mental health through a more inclusive framework that empowers healing and liberation.
Through this workshop participants will learn about the unique challenges international students, immigrants, and refugees face navigating transitions to the United States. We will also discuss ways participants can address bias toward immigrant populations and improve cross cultural communication.
Exploring Military Culture & Veteran Experiences
Exploring Military Culture and Veteran Experiences is a cultural training for students to help them become familiar with military and veteran culture. It covers the background as well as the societal and educational difficulties faced by veterans in academia.
Dreamer Zone builds awareness around the lived experiences of DREAMers (student who identify as undocumented) on the UNC campus. Training participants will engage in activities to increase knowledge on terminology and policy affecting national identity, privilege and advocacy.
Sexism & Gender Justice
Explore key ideas and issues associated with gender, gender justice and feminism. Participants are introduced to sexism and learn to identify when sexism is happening while engaging in discussions about ones own experiences with sexism at UNC and beyond.
Straight Facts about Queer Life
Discuss the challenges queer and transgender folks face and what students can do to be a better advocate for particpants across the gender and sexuality spectrums.
Program Learning Outcomes
Our goal is to make presentations and related materials accessible to everyone. Information Disability Resource Center five (5) days in advance of accessibility barriers you may encounter.
- Demonstrate awareness of issues and concerns of UNC's diverse community
- Demonstrate knowledge of policies, laws and practices affecting UNC's diverse community
- Recognize and articulate identities you hold
- Identify and articulate privilege identities
- Recognize where to direct individuals for more resources regarding identities
- Identify personal actions to support yourself as well as marginalized communities