Announcements

Nurse Leader interviews UNC School of Nursing Director of Multicultural Affairs Rumay Alexander

Congratulations to Dr. Rumay Alexander and to Nurse Leader on an engaging, insightful, and beautifully illustrated interview. “There were many times I was the first or the only female, first with an earned doctorate in the workplace, youngest, only nurse or only black person, and as I sat in board rooms, governor’s and legislator’s conference tables, where life-altering decisions were being made about the nation’s health, I could not help but notice that I was the only provider of color in the room. It grieved my soul, and what became evident is that it was on me and others like me to articulate the conspiring of circumstances that perpetuated such occurrences.” (Posted 6/7/2012)


Exhibit Encourages African-American Families to Preserve Their History

An exhibit in the Wilson Special Collections Library will tell the stories of black families and communities in the South, and will encourage African American families to partner with the Library in preserving their family history. Southern Roots, Enduring Bonds: African American Families will be on view in the Southern Historical Collection (4th floor) March 20 through July 1, 2012. It will mark the launch of the African American Family Documentation Initiative in the Southern Historical Collection (SHC). (Posted 3/2/2012)


American Indian Center selects UNC alumna, Fayetteville native as director

Amy Locklear Hertel, of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina, will become director of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 1. (Posted 2/6/2012)


Taffye Benson Clayton named UNC vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs

Carolina alumna Taffye Benson Clayton will become UNC’s vice provost for diversity and multicultural affairs beginning Feb. 1. Since 2009, Clayton has been East Carolina University’s associate provost for equity, diversity and community relations and chief diversity officer. (Posted 2/6/2012)


Dr. Eugenia Eng

Dr. Eugenia Eng

Eugenia (Geni) Eng has been recognized with the ASPH/Pfizer award for excellence

Professor Eugenia (Geni) Eng will accept the award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice at an ASPH reception and awards ceremony. In 2008, Dr. Eng received the Tom Bruce Award from the community-based public health caucus of the American Public Health Association. (Posted 10/7/2011)

 


Dr. Krista Perreira

Dr. Krista Perreira

Krista Perreira wins the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty

Associate Professor of Public Policy Krista Perreira was one of four UNC junior tenure-track/recently tenured faculty selected this year to recognize their outstanding work and achievements. (Posted 4/11/2011)

 


Dr. Paul Godley

Dr. Paul Godley

Paul Godley MD, PhD, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Dr. Godley, director of the UNC Program on Ethnicity and Health Outcomes (ECHO), is now the principal leader in the School of Medicine dean’s office focused on developing the faculty and working with them to assure their success. He will lead the development of programs and activities directed at all ranks of the faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, research and clinical faculty, and will help the School of Medicine attain much greater success in diversifying the faculty.(Posted 7/9/2010)


UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program
The UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of disadvantaged and minority high school graduates and college students pursue careers in public health. The 8-week program includes an introduction to public health concepts and career opportunities and a four-week externship. Participants receive a stipend and on-campus housing. (Posted 2/15/2010)


Carla White-Harris

Carla White-Harris

UNC Chapel Hill Diversity Awards 

The UNC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Student Government have recognized the following UNC faculty, staff, students, and organizations for their work in furthering diversity: Carla White-Harris, director of recruitment and diversity in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy; Brenda Siler, office administrator for the Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Office; The Department of Housing and Residential Education in the Division of Student; Rose Brannon, doctoral student in biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine; Matthew Stevens, junior; Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity; Peter Kramer, School of Social Work alumnus and longtime clinical social worker at a community health clinic in Hillsborough.(Posted 5/14/2010)


Dr. Bill Jenkins

Dr. Bill Jenkins

Bill Jenkins and Cornell West giving keynotes at the APHA 135th Annual Meeting 

Bill Jenkins, Minority Health Project Co-Director, and Cornell West will address the opening general session of the American Public Health Association’s 135th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on November 7, 2010. (Posted 4/29/2010)

 


Cynthia Marshall

Cynthia Marshall

Cynthia Marshall becomes first African American to lead the NC Chamber of Commerce 

Cynthia Marshall, President of AT&T North Carolina, has been elected as the first African American chairperson of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. [Marshall interviewed on the importance of education] (Posted 4/2/2010)

 

 


Roslyn M. Brock

Roslyn M. Brock

Roslyn M. Brock elected to chair the NAACP Board of Directors 

The NAACP named Roslyn Brock as Chair of the Board of Directors at its Annual Board Meeting on February 20 at the New York Hilton. Brock, 44, became the youngest ever and fourth woman to serve as Chair of the NAACP’s Board of Directors. Her long list of accomplishments in many areas includes minority health, going back at least as far as her master’s thesis on “Developing a NAACP Health Outreach Program for Minorities”. [NAACP bio] (Posted 2/21/2010)


Larry Keith, far right, joins with UNC medical students

Larry Keith, far right, joins with UNC medical students

In Memoriam: Larry Keith, 1951-2010 

The Minority Health Project mourns the passing of Larry Keith, longtime director of the Medical Education Development Program at the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. (Posted 2/19/2010)

 

 


Dr. Jessie Satia

Dr. Jessie Satia

In Memoriam: Jessie Satia, 1971-2010

The Minority Health Project mourns the passing of Jessie Satia, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. [Memorial website] (Posted 2/21/2010)

 


Bill Jenkins joins Minority Health Project as Co-director
William C. (Bill) Jenkins, PhD, MPH has agreed to serve as Co-director of the Minority Health Project. Dr. Jenkins was a professor of Public Health Sciences at Morehouse College, where he directed its Research Center on Health Disparities and founded the Public Health Sciences Institute. Previously he served as Supervisory Epidemiologist in the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and managed its Minority HIV Prevention Program and the Participant Health Benefits Program, which assures medical services to the survivors of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. He served as an expert on minority issues in disease transmission. Also at the NCHSTP, he was the former Chief of the Research and Evaluation Statistics Section in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention and served as Manager of the National Minority Organizations HIV Prevention Program. Dr. Jenkins instructs medical, graduate, and undergraduate students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health at Morehouse School of Medicine and Morehouse College. He also consults on the development of Public Health programs at institutions in the Atlanta University Center and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He services on several boards including the advisory boards of Morgan State University’s School of Community Health (sp), M D Anderson’s Center for Research on Minority Health, Harvard’s School of Public Health’s IMSD and Summer Programs, and UNC’s Minority Health Conference. He is a member of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA), where he also served on the Governing Council and Executive Board. He was the chair of the Epidemiology Section of ASA, and a member of the Board of Directors of ACE. Dr. Jenkins obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He holds a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from Georgetown University, and both a Master in Public Health degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has also completed post-doctoral work in Biostatistics at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. (Posted 2/1/2010)


Michelle Cotton Laws

Michelle Cotton Laws

 Michelle Cotton Laws honored by IndyWeek.com

Michelle Laws, the first female president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, received a Citizen Award from IndyWeek.com in November 2009. (Posted 3/19/2010)

 

 


Statement: Reaffirming the role of school integration in K-12 education policy
This Statement, issued following a conference organized by the National Coalition for School Diversity, summarizes the most important steps the federal government must take in the next two years to support voluntary school integration in American public schools. [Read more] (Posted 2/15/2010)


Bill Jenkins receives Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the APHA Epidemiology Section
Alumni news: Bill Jenkins, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. has received the 2009 Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association. [Read more] (Posted 10/27/2009, 1/17/2010)