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, “diversity” and “inclusion” are not jargon; they 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.

A Vibrant Community of Collaborators

Our diverse and collaborative environment will allow us to meet the biomedical and health challenges with the same spirit of service and innovation, empathy and expertise that founded our School of Medicine and this great University.”

Wesley Burks, MD
Dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care

Featured Articles

  • The SNMA’s Power to Serve

    The UNC School of Medicine’s Chapter of the Student National Medical Association was awarded SNMA Chapter of the Year for their service to students of all ages and the wider North Carolina community.

  • Training a Nation Part II

    It’s just after 6 p.m. in Lilongwe and the Chipiku Plus grocery store is crowded with people doing after work shopping. We are here to gather basics: tea, cereal, juice, a large case of bottled water. Despite the crowd, the lines at the counter are moving efficiently. Suddenly the lights go out. No one scurries out. No one does anything out of the ordinary.

White Coats Black Doctors

A student group founded by medical students, White Coats Black Doctors is working to increase diversity in the medical profession by supporting the development of future black physicians.

A Sense of Belonging

The Office of Inclusive Excellence provides coordination, oversight and leadership of the UNC SOM’s diversity and inclusion programs and leads school efforts to maintain and continue to build upon a diverse faculty and inclusive environment.
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Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity exists to promote the school’s mission of educating future physicians who can help meet the health care needs of our state, the nation, and the global community.
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The Office of Rural Initiatives aims to align efforts related to the education and training of primary care physicians from rural and underserved areas in North Carolina.
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