Diversity and Inclusion
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.”
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT, ADVOCACY AND ACTION OF STUDENT PRIORITIES AND DEMANDS MADE BY UNC-CHAPEL HILL’S BLACK STUDENT MOVEMENT, CAROLINA BLACK CAUCUS AND BLACK GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION:
“Our demands of this university are designed to protect the Black community at UNC, as well as to end the systemic opresssion and exploitation of [the black] community.”
DEMANDS FOR SAFETY:
- Incorporate the student-generated anti-racist alerts into the Carolina Alert system to notify students.
- Terminate the employment of acting police chief Rahsheem Holland, who forcefully shoved Black students out of a recent UNC Board of Trustees meeting.
- And hire permanent, full-time Black counselors trained in racial trauma and increase Black staff members in Title IX and the Women’s Center.
DEMANDS FOR EQUITY:
- Use a metric-driven recruitment strategy for Black faculty and reinstatement of VITAE program for more diverse hires.
- Publish equity scorecards for university departments that show data on student enrollment, discrimination complaints and why Black employees are leaving.
- Create a permanent memorial for James Cates, a 22-year-old Black student who was killed on campus in 1970.
- Restore and contextualize the Unsung Founders Memorial on campus.
- Put information on all syllabi about grade appeal and the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, which handles issues of harassment and discrimination
STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY ON ANTI-BLACK VIOLENCE
I write to you as Chair in shock and dismay at the violence and unjustified deaths based on the color of one’s skin. The Department of Biology condemns these violent acts of ignorance and hatred. The Department remains committed to building a culture in which we value humanity in all its glorious colors.
For more resources and information on the many ways we can get involved, please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Anti-Racism Resources page.
The Department of Biology considers mentoring a critical component to the development of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community of scientists. Please visit our mentoring resource page to read more about how we foster the implementation of this concept.
GRADUATE STUDENT DIVERSITY
Diverse experiences, backgrounds, viewpoints, and contributions are key elements for the success of any enterprise. The Graduate School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to sustaining a diverse graduate student body and fostering a climate of inclusion and acceptance. We aim to contribute to the successful degree completion of each student through targeted academic and professional development programs. For more information, please visit the Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program website.