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The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics 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.

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Racial Justice

Tuesday 9:00 am

Respecting All

Wednesday 12:00 pm

Racial Justice

Thursday 10:00 am

Unconscious Bias Awareness

Wednesday 11:00 am

Respecting All

Thursday 10:00 am

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Diversity Committee

Chair of Diversity Committee

Diversity and Inclusion Liaison

 

Diversity Committee Members

Resources

If you are a graduate student at UNC you should become familiar with the resources available to you. Do not try to solve problems on your own! Knowing where to turn when a problem arises, or how to put a safety mechanism in place before a problem arises, can be an important part of your success. View the BBSP Student Resources website for a list of resources that contains information and links to UNC offices, guides, policies, and contacts relevant to bioscience graduate students.


Diversity Statement

With the motto lux, libertas (light and liberty) the University of North Carolina has affirmed its commitment to the principles of transparency and personal freedom. The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is, therefore, our policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status, as articulated in the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct.

Community Expectations

Expectations of Research Advisors and Students

Student Mistreatment & Learning Environment Concern

It is the goal of the School of Medicine to provide an environment for students that is conducive to learning and free of all forms of harassment. Read more at this SOM website, policies, and report a concern: Student Mistreatment and Learning Environment Concern.


DEI Resources/Organizations

Accessibility Resources and Services (ARS)
Through ARS, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill seeks to meet the individual needs of applicants and current students with disabilities and medical conditions as they relate to academics, residences, dining, and co and extracurricular campus activities. ARS coordinates and implements appropriate reasonable accommodations including academic adjustments and provides appropriate resources and services.
Unchanged: Accessibility Resources and Services (ARS)
Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS
The Graduate School provides opportunities and resources for our Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS, students whose parents(s)/guardian(s) have not earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree, to aid in their academic success and to build community.
Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS
Carolina Latinx Center (CLC)
The Carolina Latinx Center connects faculty, staff, and students with one another and potential community partners by providing the opportunity to explore Latinx cultures, histories and traditions and further use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities in North Carolina and the world.
Carolina Latinx Center (CLC)
Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC)
As a central location for serving and supporting the Carolina student veteran and military-affiliated student population, The Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC) helps students find resources as well as a community to support and aide them during their journey as Tar Heels.
Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC)
Carolina Women’s Center
The Carolina Women’s Center will lead efforts and initiatives related to women and gender equity, promote and advance equitable safety, well-being, empowerment, achievement, and leadership for people of all gender identities.
Unchanged: Carolina Women’s Center
Center for Faculty Excellence – Initiatives and Partnerships
Partnerships with other campus units, internal collaborations, and external partnerships allow the CFE to extend its mission into initiatives that foster faculty excellence through initiatives in mentoring, diversity and inclusion, and education and innovation.
Center for Faculty Excellence – Initiatives and Partnerships
Diversity and Student Success at the Graduate School
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.
Unchanged: Diversity and Student Success at the Graduate School
Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
At Carolina, every member of our campus community is entitled to live, learn, and work in an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. If ever you find that certain events or experiences have unfairly affected your academic or professional success, we’re here to help.
Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
Global Grads
The Global Grads initiative provides numerous opportunities and resources, in conjunction with many campus partners, for international graduate students to aid in their academic success and to build community.
Global Grads
Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME)
The Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) focuses on the retention and successful graduation of our racially/ethnically diverse graduate students through creating a CommUNITY of Excellence.
Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME)
LGBTQ Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center works to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for UNC-Chapel Hill community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
LGBTQ Center
Queer Graduate and Professional Students (QGAPS)
QGAPS is a collaborative program sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and The Graduate School Office of Diversity and Student Success. Together, we provide opportunities and resources for our LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual)-identified graduate students to aid in their academic success and to build community.
Queer Graduate and Professional Students (QGAPS)
University Ombuds Office
The University Ombuds Office is a safe place where all Carolina staff, faculty, students and administrators are welcome to come and talk in confidence about any campus issue, problem, or dispute. Come and share your concerns, evaluate your situation, and plan your next step—if you want to take a next step. Use of our services is voluntary and free and visitors will find our office a safe place to discuss their concerns, no matter how large or small.
University Ombuds Office

Affinity Groups/Organizations

Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering (AM_WISE)
Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering (AM_WISE) strives to better the working environment for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in UNC STEM departments. AM_WISE will always take action on behalf of the STEM scientists within the graduate school to 1) advocate for their protection as researchers for the school and 2) empower them as a community to speak up for themselves and to lift up the voices of their peers 3) prepare them to embody this mission in future careers as they become formidable leaders in a world of diversifying science and scientists.
Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering (AM_WISE)
Association for Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP)
The Association for Women Faculty and Professionals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers women faculty and professionals with opportunities for fun, networking and learning through social activities, seminars, discussion groups and other events.
Association for Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP)
Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA)
The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association was founded to acknowledge and address the concerns and needs of African American graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill. The membership strives to unite as leaders of the Black/African-American community and society through scholarship, social interaction, and service.
Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA)
Carolina Black Caucus (CBC)
The Carolina Black Caucus is comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students that share their gifts and talents at UNC-Chapel Hill. The CBC’s vision is a university community that consistently and enthusiastically fosters, supports and celebrates the achievement of Black employees at Carolina.
Carolina Black Caucus (CBC)
First Nations Graduate Circle (FNGC)
FNGC is an organization for American Indian graduate and professional students and for graduate and professional students whose areas of focus are relevant to American Indian communities and seeks to support and enhance the educational climate for these students.
First Nations Graduate Circle (FNGC)
Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS)
The University of North Carolina Chinese Students and Scholars Association (hereinafter referred to as the Student Union) provides a full range of services and support for more than 1,000 Chinese students, scholars, and faculty members. Chinese community.
Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS)
Mi Pueblo
Mi Pueblo seeks to sponsor awareness around Latinx issues, culture, and heritage at UNC and the surrounding community, as well as provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all students. We hope to promote tolerance, multiculturalism, community, and support of one another.
Mi Pueblo
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
SACNAS is a national society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join the UNC Chapter to learn about STEM careers, professional development opportunities, participate in lunch and learn discussions, and get involved with community outreach.
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
Women in Science (WinS)
Women in Sciences (WinS) is a student-led organization that aims to address gender disparities in STEM. As an on-campus group, WinS offers a platform to directly reach scientists in training at UNC Chapel Hill to facilitate their professional development and provide a community of support.
University Ombuds Office
Womxn of Worth (W) Initiative
The Womxn of Worth (W) Initiative at UNC Chapel Hill strives to create a positive network and sense of community for self-identified womxn of color. The initiative aims to empower UNC womxn to define their own sense of worth so that they may thrive and positively impact each other and the community.
Womxn of Worth (W) Initiative
Black Graduate and Professional Students Association
BGPSA strives to unite future leaders in the Black community at UNC-Chapel Hill through education, social interaction, and service. Our organization is open and welcoming to all graduate and professional students who share the same intent.
Black Graduate and Professional Students Association
First Nations Graduate Circle
The First Nations Graduate Circle (FNGC) is an organization of American Indian graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill. The organization provides advocacy, support, professional development, mentoring and social functions to American Indians across campus.
First Nations Graduate Circle
Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)
  • We advocate for improved campus and community resources to campus administrators and state and federal legislatures.
  • We collaborate with the university administration, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students to create policies that respond to the particular needs and interests of all graduate and professional students.
  • We connect graduate and professional students both socially and intellectually across disciplines.
Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)
The Minority Students Caucus (School of Public Health)
The Minority Student Caucus (MSC) advocates for issues of concern to students of color in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and promotes research and programs aimed at addressing public health issues that affect people of color. Membership is open to all students of color in the School and anyone else who is interested in supporting the Caucus’ mission.
The Minority Students Caucus (School of Public Health)
Korean Association of Students and Scholars Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars
The University of North Carolina Chinese Students and Scholars Association (hereinafter referred to as the Student Union) was established in 1999 and is committed to providing a full range of services and support to the Chinese community in our school.
Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars
UNC Women of Worth (W) Initiative
The Womxn of Worth Initiative (W) creates and sustains a community for women of color and women who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations that will promote academic success, holistic student wellness and success, identity development, and sisterhood at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC Women of Worth (W) Initiative
Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering
Our Mission is to (1) Communicate – create an atmosphere where women can connect, generate ideas, and share advice with fellow scientists; (2) Educate – learn about the problems caused by the disparity of success between female and male scientists, as well as the inspirational work done by female scientists throughout history; (3) Articulate – discuss ways to solve these problems and encourage young women to achieve their potential as scientists.
Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering

UNC School of Medicine Resources

Office of Graduate Education (OGE)
The BBSP program is part of the larger Office of Graduate Education which is home to a number of graduate education related programs. Several staff members within this office are particularly well-versed in assisting with diversity and inclusion concerns, including:

  • Ashalla Freeman PhD, Director of Diversity Affairs and IMSD: ashalla@unc.edu, (919) 843-9597
  • Joshua Hall PhD, Director of BBSP Admissions and UNC PREP: jdhall@unc.edu, (919) 843-7882
  • Debra Ragland PhD, Assistant Director of Diversity Affairs and IMSD debra_ragland@med.unc.edu, (919) 843-1570
Office of Graduate Education (OGE)
Queer Straight Alliance, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine
The Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine works to better educate students about serving LGBTQ populations.

University Mental Health Resources

Campus Health Services: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services staff provide quality and caring mental health services. We all work at CAPS because of our passion for improving and expertise in treating the mental health issues that impact college students.
Campus Health Services: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Carolina Recovery Program
The Carolina Recovery Program aims to encourage a community that supports continued recovery, academic excellence, and a commitment to serving the greater UNC community by providing each student a customized success plan, staff and peer support, and proactive recovery focused programming. The ultimate goal is to enable students to enjoy a normal substance-free collegiate experience while excelling at UNC-CH.
Carolina Recovery Program
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP is a confidential counseling and resource program that is designed to help University employees and their families deal with both personal and work-related concerns.

Available to permanent UNC employees and their dependents, including postdocs
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing essential education, programs and services to support students’ academic, personal and professional development. Our staff works with faculty, staff, and students across campus, as well as with parents, town leaders and community members to reach this goal.
Office of the Dean of Students
The PhDepression LLC
The PhDepression was founded by current Microbiology and Immunology student, Susanna Harris, with the mission to provide honest stories from people and curate resources with advice about strategies, yoga, mindfulness, and more.
The PhDepression LLC
Stigma Free Carolina
Stigma Free Carolina is a UNC community campaign aimed at reducing stigma toward mental health concerns and treatment by accurately defining mental health, educating the community, and dispelling negative or false beliefs about mental health and its treatment.
Stigma Free Carolina
Student Wellness Coaches for School of Medicine Students
Allison (Alli) Schad, Director of Wellness for UNC School of Medicine and Student Wellness Coach

Alli is a licensed social worker and provides one-on-one counseling to PhD students at the School of Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Alli, click here. Alli also monitors the wellness of biomedical PhD students and leads Wellness Programming for BBSP students.

Student Wellness

Student Wellness is a health education and health promotion office whose work is rooted in Public Health science, with a focus on environmental change strategies.


DEI External Resources

AAMC DEI toolkit
Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine: A Strategic Planning Guide
AAMC DEI toolkit
AAMC Group of Diversity and Inclusion (GDI)
The Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) supports the efforts of AAMC-member institutions and academic medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and biomedical sciences.
AAMC Group of Diversity and Inclusion (GDI)
Dr. Damon Williams
Dr. Damon A. Williams is a visionary and inspirational leader, and also one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility, educational achievement, social impact, and organizational change.
Dr. Damon Williams
We respectfully acknowledge the Elders and Traditional Owners of the land on which our building stands, which is the traditional territory of the Lumbee, Eno, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes.