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We have long invested in a variety of programs to support diversity. The creation of the School of Medicine Office of Inclusive Excellence was a result of the 2012 UNC School of Medicine Strategic Plan.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Framework is the foundation of the School of Medicine’s strategy to grow and sustain a more diverse and inclusive working and learning environment that improves the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and others whom we serve.

Diversity Strategic Priorities

  • Build a more diverse community reflective of those we serve
  • Cultivate an environment that promotes a more inclusive culture
  • Strengthen institutional infrastructure and systems to support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

Year 2 – Key Accomplishments*

Strengthen DEI Infrastructure

  • Realigned DEI work under the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and implemented a DEI framework for the SOM
  • Appointed Dr. Kim Nichols as the Associate Dean for Faculty Access and Success

Build a More Diverse Community

  • Launched Carolina MED Excel
  • Initiated Rising Star Program for Faculty Diversity in the Basic Sciences
  • Established the STAHR Mentoring Program

Cultivate an Inclusive Culture

  • Established the Task Force for Integrating Social Justice into the Curriculum: Medical Education, Basic Sciences, Allied Health, and started GME
  • Provided Bias 101 Training for faculty
  • Held the first DEI Leadership Retreat and ODEI Annual Report

*Year 2 through September 2021

Tracking Implementation Progress – Year 3 Q2

Priority Status
5A. Build a more diverse community reflective of those we serve On Track
5B. Cultivate an environment that promotes a more inclusive culture On Track
5C. Strengthen institutional infrastructure and systems to support DEI efforts On Track

Resources

Equity: Office of Inclusive Excellence Newsletter

Imperative Administration

Each generation has a chance to create social change and make this world better for marginalized and oppressed groups. The DEI priorities expressed in Forward Together help move us closer to our goal of one day eliminating the oppression and marginalization of diverse people and groups in our state and society. To do so, would allow everyone to lead a healthy and high-quality life.