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The Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement was established in February 2017. It provides coordination, oversight and leadership of the UNC SOM’s inclusion programs and leads school efforts to build a inclusive faculty and environment that values and respects the contributions of all members of the community. The Office will enhance the efforts toward increased equity and inclusion in our SOM community in cooperation with chairs, deans, and other institutional leaders and intersects with all areas of the institution, including admissions, human resources, faculty recruitment, professional development, academic leadership and institutional advancement, as well as the UNC Health Care Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion.

The Office has the following responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation of a Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for the UNC SOM
  • Oversight of efforts to address broad and specific issues of faculty, staff and student inclusion
  • Promote and advance inclusion for faculty, trainees (in graduate medical education programs and other graduate education and training programs within the SOM), students and SOM staff
  • Work closely with UNC SOM unit leaders to identify, develop and implement unit-specific metrics and provide the tools that will support leadership efforts to measure and improve inclusion both at the departmental and institutional levels
  • Work with UNC SOM unit leaders to identify key committees that should have representation from those underrepresented in medicine, and serve as a resource to advise on inclusion issues for other committees
  • Provide an annual institution-level report to the Executive Dean of UNC SOM in the first quarter of each fiscal year concerning initiatives and progress in achieving inclusion in all SOM settings over the preceding fiscal year, including development and implementation of institution-wide metrics, and culture-change related to equity and inclusion

Other initiatives and responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of key leadership groups in the UNC SOM and/or present regularly to key leadership groups on equity and inclusion
  • Identify and disseminate equity and inclusion “best practices” within the SOM, hospitals and elsewhere
  • Routinely provide a presentation and set of instructions concerning inclusion to search committees and admissions committees
  • Develop training curricula and programs in equity and inclusion that are available to leaders and departments/divisions, and assume a leadership role in encouraging, offering and implementing these curricula and programs
  • Serve as a liaison with internal and external groups that advance the cause of equity and inclusion, including the UNCHCS Executive Director for Equity and Inclusion