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The Department of Microbiology & Immunology strongly believes that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. Diversity Liaison Dr. Nathaniel (Nat) Moorman is responsible for coordinating these efforts and works directly with the Chair on issues related to recruitment, education, and communication.

Nat has an open door policy and would be happy to meet with any student, staff, or faculty member within M&I regarding any diversity and/or inclusion issues. He also welcomes any and all suggestions about how to enhance and expand our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. His office is located on the 9thfloor of the Burnett Womack Building, Rm 9020. His office phone is (919) 962-4920, and his email is

The following links provide important resources regarding diversity and inclusion, safe spaces, and additional support for members of the UNC community. We will continue to update these resources, but if you feel there is something missing from this list, please contact Nat directly.

Services/Offices at UNC

  • Accessibility Resources and Services (ARS):
    • 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 by coordinating and implementing appropriate accommodations and providing resources and services as they relate to academics, residences, dining and co and extra-curricular campus activities.
    • ARS also functions as a source of information, educational outreach and advice, as well as a communication link among individuals with disabilities, faculty and staff, outside agencies, and the community at large.
  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS:
    • The Graduate School provides opportunities and resources for our Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS to aid in their academic success and to build community.  We define Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS as those whose parents(s)/guardian(s) have not earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree. We recognize that our graduate students come from a broad range of diverse educational experiences, with many first-generation graduate students also having been first-generation college students. This initiative focuses on navigating academic culture as a graduate-level scholar and thriving as an advanced student.
  • Carolina Latinx Center (CLC):
    • The Carolina Latinx Center provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to explore Latinx cultures, histories and tradition and to use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities in North Carolina and the world. For faculty, staff and students who are engaged in research, teaching and/or service related to Latinx communities and issues, the CLC connects them both with one another and with community partners.
  • Carolina Veterans Resource Center (CVRC):
    • The CVRC is the next iteration of the efforts of the Office of the Dean of Students and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to serve and support the Carolina student veteran and military-affiliated student population. The CVRC will serve as a central location for these students to find resources as well as a community to support and aide them during their journey as Tar Heels. The Center provides study space, a lounge, conference rooms, and a lactation room.
  • Carolina Women’s Center:
    • The Carolina Women’s Center will lead efforts and initiatives related to women and gender equity and will serve as a hub for all related activities, information, and collaborations. Through partnerships at UNC-Chapel Hill and in the community, we will promote and advance equitable safety, well-being, empowerment, achievement, and leadership for people of all gender identities.
  • Center for Faculty Excellence Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE (available to UNC Faculty members):
    • Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM)ADVANCE promotes accessible, equitable, and effective mentoring across the University, with emphasis on supporting women of color and white women in STEM fields. We provide intersectionality-informed programs to improve mentor and mentee experiences. In turn, our programs foster institutional change, support faculty retention, and promote faculty career development and professional achievements.
  • Diversity and Student Success at the Graduate School:
    • Diverse experiences, backgrounds, viewpoints, and contributions are key elements for the success of any enterprise. 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.
  • Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office:
    • 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.
  • Global Grads:
    • The Global Grads initiative provides numerous opportunities and resources, in conjunction with many campus partners, for our international graduate students to aid in their academic success and to build community.
  • Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME):
    • The Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) focuses on the retention and the successful graduation of our racially/ethnically diverse graduate students through creating a CommUNITY of Excellence.
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Toolkit through UNC School of Medicine:
    • This toolkit is a repository of resources and ideas offered to support all efforts to improve justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The hope is that this will be a living, responsive toolkit that can serve many people, at different points, in different ways.
  • LGBTQ Center:
    • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center works to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for UNC-Chapel Hill community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
  • Office of Graduate Education (OGE):
    • 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:
  • Queer Graduate and Professional Students (QGAPS):
    • 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.
  • University Ombuds Office:
    • 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. Our office supplements, but does not replace, the University’s formal channels, such as the grievance policy. Contact us as a first step, or as a last resort, or anywhere along the way. 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. Visitors will find our office a safe place to discuss their concerns, no matter how large or small.

Trainings at UNC

  • Green Zone Training:
    • Green Zone training is for faculty and staff that wish to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Its goals are to train members of the Carolina community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population. These individuals are not expected to be experts who can “solve problems.” They are individuals who can lend a sympathetic ear and help the student veteran identify and connect with the appropriate resources.
  • Safe Zone Training:
    • Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+ community. The four hour educational session provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Organizations at UNC

  • Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering (AM_WISE):
    • 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.
  • Association for Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP):
    • The Association for Women Faculty and Professionals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers women faculty and professionals opportunities for fun, networking and learning through social activities, seminars, discussion groups and other events. Our diverse membership includes faculty, researchers, administrators, librarians, communicators, fundraisers, medical and legal professionals, and other UNC faculty and staff.
  • Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA):
    • 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. Our organization is open to all graduate and professional students that wish to meet these ends.
  • Carolina Black Caucus (CBC):
    • 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.
  • First Nations Graduate Circle (FNGC):
    • 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. The organization seeks to enhance the educational climate for these students and to support the successful completion of their degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS):
    • The University of North Carolina Chinese Students and Scholars Association (hereinafter referred to as the Student Union) was established in 1999 to provide a full range of services and support for the Chinese community. As the largest Chinese student club in the University of North Carolina, the Students’ Union takes the initiative to accept more than 1,000 Chinese students, scholars, and faculty members as members, and play a role in the Chinese community.
  • Mi Pueblo:
    • 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.
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS):
    • 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 Science (WinS):
    • 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.
  • Womxn of Worth (W) Initiative:
    • The new 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.  We define ‘womxn of color’ as those who self-identify or support African-American, Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Asian, Southeast Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Multiracial womxn, which is inclusive of intersections of varying identities and not an exhaustive list of all identities we hope to serve. We empower UNC womxn to define their own sense of worth so that they may thrive and positively impact each other and the community.

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