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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, “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.

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

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Thomas Named Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. E. Nate Thomas III, PhD
Dr. E. Nate Thomas III, PhD

Dr. Thomas has more than 25 years of experience working with leaders in secondary and higher education, and is especially skilled at developing and implementing diversity, mentoring, and leadership initiatives. He earned his doctoral degree in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University and his Master’s and Undergraduate degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from Norfolk State University. Dr. Thomas has served as an executive diversity leader at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, the University of Kansas, and at the University of South Florida Polytechnic. He is recognized for his Thomas Principles, a mentoring model designed to increase college student progression and graduation rates. In 2018, Dr. Thomas with Dr. Arredondo received a $3.2 million grant to pipeline students from disadvantage communities to UMKC health science professional schools, and he helped the UMKC School of Medicine achieve national recognition by receiving the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.