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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Academic and Research Intensive Career Association

(Follow @ARIC_Facebook): The mission of the ARIC Association is to prepare studentsARIC_logo and post-doctoral fellows for a career as a principal investigator in a research-intensive environment by developing the skill set required to be competitive in the current job market.

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
Arab Student Organization

Arab Student Organization: Provides the general public with more information about the Arabic society by sponsoring activities at the campus of UNC-CH.

Asian American Center

Founded in 2020, the Asian American Center’s mission is to cultivate a critical understanding of Asian American peoples, cultures, and histories. Through education, organizing, and advocacy, the AAC will engage and empower Asian American students, faculty, and staff and the greater Carolina community. The AAC will enhance the University’s commitment to excellence by expanding access to interdisciplinary learning and preparing the next generation of leaders for an increasingly multicultural society.

Asian American Center
Association for Women Faculty and Professionals

The Association for Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP) 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)
Association for Professional Women In Medical Sciences

Our mission is to facilitate the professional development of all women in the school of medicine through information sharing, networking, and career development opportunities, and support equitable practices in promotion in academic and health system leadership.

Association for Professional Women In Medical Sciences (APWIMS)
Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) 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

The Carolina Black Caucus (CBC) 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 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)
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
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
Future Science Educators

(FuSE_Facebook): FuSE welcomes graduate students and post-docs interested in science education, administration, and science outreach. Our focus is to develop job application materials, career exposure, and to build skills/experience relevant to teaching-intensive careers.

Graduate and Professional Student Federation

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)
Graduate Business & Consulting Club

(GBCC websiteGBCC LinkedIn Page): (Formerly the UNC Science and Business Club) is focused on exposing current graduate students, professional students, and post doctoral students interested in the sciences and business to career paths beyond academia.

Korean Association of Students and Scholars 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
Middle Eastern Medical Organization

Middle Eastern Medical Organization: Focuses on health issues in the Middle East through advocacy and service, both in North Carolina and abroad.

Mosaic

Mosaic: Dedicated to the awareness of contemporary issues in the academic field of Islamic studies.

MSL@UNC

(MSL@UNC_Website): MSL@UNC is the Medical Science Liaison Society Student/Trainee Chapter at UNC. The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a specific role within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, CRO and other health-care industries. MSL@UNC is committed to providing education, career development and advocacy opportunities to trainees interested in the MSL profession.

Muslim Students Association

Muslim Students Association: Provides means for Muslims and non-Muslims to get to know one another, learn about Islam, and serve the Chapel Hill community.

North Carolina Hillel

North Carolina Hillel: Helps Jewish students enjoy Jewish life as an integrated part of their college experience through a variety of social, cultural, political, religious and educational programs.

Persian Cultural Society

Persian Cultural Society: Seeks to promote a better understanding of the Persian culture in the University and the community.

Science Policy and Advocacy Club

(SPAG website or Follow @ SPAG_Facebook @ SPAG_Twitter): SPAG is an organized forum where students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff can learn about and advocate for science policy. Their mission is to promote the role of science in public policy and to expand public access to, and awareness of, scientific innovation.

Society for Black Biomedical Scientists

A graduate student lead organization at UNC Chapel Hill dedicated to supporting the needs, aspirations, and success of Black biomedical scientists.

Twitter @SBBS_UNC
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)
Southeast Asia Interest Association

Southeast Asia Interest Association: Enhances understanding of issues related to the Southeast Asian region and raises funds for humanitarian and educational efforts.

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)
Turkish Student Association

Turkish Student Association: Provides a forum for understanding Turkey and Turkish culture through cultural events, lecture series, and  social programs in the Chapel Hill community.

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
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
Writing and Communications Club

(SWAC website or Join @ SWAC_Listserv or Follow @ SWAC_Facebook ): SWAC was formed to foster the intellectual and professional development of aspiring science writers and communicators at all levels of graduate and postdoctoral training. Our goal is to provide club members with career exposure, writing experience, and training opportunities in science writing and communication.

More Student Groups Can Be Viewed Here

UNC School of Medicine Resources

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Toolkit

This toolkit is a repository of resources and ideas offered to support all efforts to improve justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The hope is that this will be a living, responsive toolkit that can serve many people, at different points, in different ways.

J.E.D.I. Toolkit
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 Programs & Resources – Mental Health

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.

Healthy Heels

The Healthy Heels blog is your source for relevant, up-to-date news and analysis of health information directly related to UNC students. Healthy Heels provides students with an open forum to learn, ask questions and discuss health and wellness issues – leading to a healthy and safe community that fosters student well-being and success.

Check out the Healthy Heels blog or sign up to receive the Healthy Heels Newsletter directly in your email inbox.

Healthy Heels
Sexual Assault and Harassment

If you experience sexual assault, harassment or interpersonal violence, visit SAFE at UNC to connect with someone who can help you navigate the support and services available on campus and in the community.

SAFE at UNC is the main source for information and resources about discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking – including accessing support and services, filing a report, awareness and education, emergency support, and more.

Sexual Assault and Harassment

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