The Department of Biology believes that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. We support UNC’s policy, which states that “the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of opportunity and pledges that it will not practice or permit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”


The biology community stands by our departmental commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive teaching and research environment.  Given its history and 1913 dedication in the name of racism, Silent Sam must not be returned to the center of campus where it has isolated and intimidated members of our community and limited their potential to learn, contribute and thrive.  We therefore advocate for its placement in a location where its history can be presented in a contextualized manner and where it no longer stands as a barrier to learning and discovery within our community.

Amy Gladfelter, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Associate Professor
(919) 962-7289