UNC School of Medicine Reports

UNC Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources/Organizations

Through ARS, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill seeks to meet the individual needs of applicants and current students with disabilities and medical conditions as they relate to academics, residences, dining, and co and extracurricular campus activities. ARS coordinates and implements appropriate reasonable accommodations including academic adjustments and provides appropriate resources and services.

The Graduate School provides opportunities and resources for our Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS, students whose parents(s)/guardian(s) have not earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree, to aid in their academic success and to build community.

The Carolina Latinx Center connects faculty, staff, and students with one another and potential community partners by providing the opportunity to explore Latinx cultures, histories and traditions and further use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities in North Carolina and the world.

As a central location for serving and supporting the Carolina student veteran and military-affiliated student population, The Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC) helps students find resources as well as a community to support and aide them during their journey as Tar Heels.

The Carolina Women’s Center will lead efforts and initiatives related to women and gender equity, promote and advance equitable safety, well-being, empowerment, achievement, and leadership for people of all gender identities.

Partnerships with other campus units, internal collaborations, and external partnerships allow the CFE to extend its mission into initiatives that foster faculty excellence through initiatives in mentoring, diversity and inclusion, and education and innovation.

The Graduate School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to sustaining a diverse graduate student body and fostering a climate of inclusion and acceptance. We aim to contribute to the successful degree completion of each student through targeted academic and professional development programs.

At Carolina, every member of our campus community is entitled to live, learn, and work in an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. If ever you find that certain events or experiences have unfairly affected your academic or professional success, we’re here to help.

The Global Grads initiative provides numerous opportunities and resources, in conjunction with many campus partners, for international graduate students to aid in their academic success and to build community.

The Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) focuses on the retention and successful graduation of our racially/ethnically diverse graduate students through creating a CommUNITY of Excellence.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center works to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for UNC-Chapel Hill community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

QGAPS is a collaborative program sponsored by the LGBTQ Center and The Graduate School Office of Diversity and Student Success. Together, we provide opportunities and resources for our LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual)-identified graduate students to aid in their academic success and to build community.

The University Ombuds Office is a safe place where all Carolina staff, faculty, students and administrators are welcome to come and talk in confidence about any campus issue, problem, or dispute. Come and share your concerns, evaluate your situation, and plan your next step—if you want to take a next step. Use of our services is voluntary and free and visitors will find our office a safe place to discuss their concerns, no matter how large or small.

Affinity Groups/ Organizations

Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering (AM_WISE) strives to better the working environment for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in UNC STEM departments. AM_WISE will always take action on behalf of the STEM scientists within the graduate school to 1) advocate for their protection as researchers for the school and 2) empower them as a community to speak up for themselves and to lift up the voices of their peers 3) prepare them to embody this mission in future careers as they become formidable leaders in a world of diversifying science and scientists.

The Association for Women Faculty and Professionals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers women faculty and professionals with opportunities for fun, networking and learning through social activities, seminars, discussion groups and other events.

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association was founded to acknowledge and address the concerns and needs of African American graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill. The membership strives to unite as leaders of the Black/African-American community and society through scholarship, social interaction, and service.

The Carolina Black Caucus is comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and graduate students that share their gifts and talents at UNC-Chapel Hill. The CBC’s vision is a university community that consistently and enthusiastically fosters, supports and celebrates the achievement of Black employees at Carolina.

FNGC is an organization for American Indian graduate and professional students and for graduate and professional students whose areas of focus are relevant to American Indian communities and seeks to support and enhance the educational climate for these students.

The University of North Carolina Chinese Students and Scholars Association (hereinafter referred to as the Student Union) provides a full range of services and support for more than 1,000 Chinese students, scholars, and faculty members. Chinese community.

Mi Pueblo seeks to sponsor awareness around Latinx issues, culture, and heritage at UNC and the surrounding community, as well as provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all students. We hope to promote tolerance, multiculturalism, community, and support of one another.

SACNAS is a national society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join the UNC Chapter to learn about STEM careers, professional development opportunities, participate in lunch and learn discussions, and get involved with community outreach.

Women in Sciences (WinS) is a student-led organization that aims to address gender disparities in STEM. As an on-campus group, WinS offers a platform to directly reach scientists in training at UNC Chapel Hill to facilitate their professional development and provide a community of support.

The Womxn of Worth (W) Initiative at UNC Chapel Hill strives to create a positive network and sense of community for self-identified womxn of color. The initiative aims to empower UNC womxn to define their own sense of worth so that they may thrive and positively impact each other and the community.

UNC School of Medicine Resources

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization that works to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health.

The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CDMA) works to serve as a vehicle for fellowship, Bible, study, and prayer, in addition to advancing Christian values in profession and society.

The Eugene S. Mayer Honor Society for Community Service is a student and preceptor-run organization with a mission to recognize and promote community service within the medical school community and beyond.

The Honduran Health Alliance (HHA) works to provide cervical cancer screenings, give health education charlas, and provide family planning resources.

The Intimate Partner Violence Awareness and Advocacy (IPVAA) is a student-led organization that provides a forum through which students can learn more about issues dealing with sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) is a student-run organization that strives to represent muslim students at UNC, foster campus and community-wide engagement with Islam and Muslims, and also provide a community for both academic and spiritual support.

UNC’s chapter of The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) gathers undergraduate and graduate students of all backgrounds alongside physicians, for the purposes of improving the health of the Latino community.

UNC medical students and local community organizers of The UNC Chapter of the North Carolina Student Rural Health Coalition run The Bloomer Hill Clinic, a free medical clinic in Whitakers, NC.

The BBSP program is part of the larger Office of Graduate Education which is home to a number of graduate education related programs. Several staff members within this office are particularly well-versed in assisting with diversity and inclusion concerns, including:

      • Ashalla Freeman, Director of Diversity Affairs, Co-Director of IMSD: ashalla@unc.edu, (919) 843-9597
      • Joshua Hall, Director of BBSP Admissions, Director of UNC PREP: jdall@unc.edu, (919) 843-7882
      • Jessica Harrell, Director of SOLAR, Co-Director of IMSD: Jessica_harrell@med.unc.edu, (919) 843-1570
    • Queer Straight Alliance, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

The Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine works to better educate students about serving LGBTQ populations.

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation’s oldest and largest student organization focused on the health needs and concerns of minority communities, advocates for improved, culturally sensitive health care services and education for neglected or underserved populations.

University Programs & Resources–Mental Health

    • Campus Health Services: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):
      • First time visits do not need to schedule an appointment and can simply walk in to CAPS during the following days and times:
      • Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
      • Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00-4:00 p.m.
      • Urgent Needs: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Location: CAPS is located in the James A. Taylor Building on the 3rd floor. This building is between Kenan Stadium and the Hospitals, off of Emergency Room Drive. For specific directions from multiple campus locations, see this website: https://caps.unc.edu/about-us/contact-us
      • If you know someone in need of CAPS, it is helpful to walk with them to this office. This will not only ensure they reach their destination, but can also help reduce any potential anxiety they may have.
      • Initial assessments, brief therapy (if warranted by initial assessment), group therapy, referral management, academic intervention are covered by the health fee and available with no out of pocket cost to eligible students, post-doctoral fellows and partners.
    • Carolina Recovery Program:

The Carolina Recovery Program aims to encourage a community that supports continued recovery, academic excellence, and a commitment to serving the greater UNC community by providing each student a customized success plan, staff and peer support, and proactive recovery focused programming. The ultimate goal is to enable students to enjoy a normal substance-free collegiate experience while excelling at UNC-CH.

The EAP is a confidential counseling and resource program that is designed to help University employees and their families deal with both personal and work-related concerns.

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing essential education, programs and services to support students’ academic, personal and professional development. Our staff works with faculty, staff, and students across campus, as well as with parents, town leaders and community members to reach this goal.

This organization was founded by current Microbiology and Immunology student, Susanna Harris, with the mission to provide honest stories from people and curate resources with advice about strategies, yoga, mindfulness, and more.

Stigma Free Carolina is a UNC community campaign aimed at reducing stigma toward mental health concerns and treatment by accurately defining mental health, educating the community, and dispelling negative or false beliefs about mental health and its treatment.

Alli is a licensed social worker and provides one-on-one counseling to PhD students at the School of Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Alli, click here. Alli also monitors the wellness of biomedical PhD students and leads Wellness Programming for BBSP students.

      • Darren Livingston, Student Wellness Coach

Darren Livingston is a Student Wellness Coach at UNC. She provides individual & group counseling for MD & PhD students at the School of Medicine. Schedule an appointment with Darren.

Student Wellness is a health education and health promotion office whose work is rooted in Public Health science, with a focus on environmental change strategies.