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The 2021 Diversity Awards Winners were recently announced including a postdoc awardee from our department.

congrats 2021diversity awards 10 photosTen individuals and two groups were named winners of the 2021 Diversity Awards, which are given annually in recognition of those who have given their time and effort to further diversity, equity and inclusion at Carolina and in our surrounding community.

This year’s winners were chosen from a record number of nominations. Provost Bob Blouin noted that these people and groups have demonstrated a pivotal part of the University’s strategic plan, saying, “The Diversity Awards recognize the critical contributions of teams and individuals whose work embodies the first initiative in the strategic plan, Build our Community Together. Carolina is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of students, faculty and staff. Our differences are our strength, and our diversity enhances our University’s three-part mission of research, teaching and service. Again, congratulations and thank you to this year’s recipients.”

2021 Diversity Awards Winners:


Frank Tillman III (’15, BA; ’19 PharmD), PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Resident, Department of Pharmacy, UNC Medical Center

Janet Edwards (’95, BS, Pharmacy), Senior Account Specialist for Respiratory Biologics, GlaxoSmithKline


Betsy Ayankoya, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Senior Technical Specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

DeVetta Holman-Copeland, Coordinator for Resiliency and Student Support Programs, Student Wellness


Priscilla Layne, Associate Professor, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Kennita Johnson, Research Assistant Professor, Director of Diversity and Equity, UNC-NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate/Professional Student/Post Doc

Nikea Pittman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine LEARN ABOUT Nikea.Nikea Pittman

Celeste Green, Resident Physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Undergraduate Student

Anna Manocha (junior, Cary, NC), a Business Administration major

Kira Griffith (senior, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands), a Neuroscience major

Intergroup Collaboration

The Jordan Institute for Families

CAPS Multicultural Health Program

For detailed information about this year’s winners, go to this D&I website news post “Diversity Awards.”