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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity that reflects the populations we serve, embedded in a culture where all are included and can prosper


At the UNC School of Medicine, equity and inclusion are essential parts of our culture. Here at the largest medical school in North Carolina, We use these terms to foster a sense of belonging among our students, staff, faculty, and the patients we care for in Chapel Hill and around the state.

Because we are part of an academic medical center, we know it is our responsibility to train and mentor future doctors, physician assistants, clinical researchers, and basic scientists to appreciate diversity and understand its importance to our education, research, and clinical missions, not to mention to the very fabric of our state and country.

We are committed to attracting a diverse pool of outstanding students and expertly trained faculty. We do this because the school of medicine is committed to valuing all people, regardless of background, lifestyle, or culture. We know that a diverse and inclusive work environment for staff, students, and faculty helps foster appropriate care for patients. And this is essential to the fulfillment of our vision to improve the health of all North Carolinians.

2019 White Coat Ceremony

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Path Forward

On June 3rd the School of Medicine held a town hall to address racial injustice and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Path Forward plan. The plan highlighted two phases that included small group meetings, creating action items, and listing action items on our website.”

On behalf of Dr. Nathan Thomas, Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Dr. Julie Byerley, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs