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Broadcast Co-Directors


Marco J. Barker, Ph.D.,
Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UNC

Marco J. Barker serves as the Sr. Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives. In this capacity, he researches, designs, implements, and coordinates diversity and inclusion education for faculty, staff and students; manages and monitors operations, projects and work product delivery throughout the Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) unit.; manages faculty diversity outreach and recruitment initiatives, DMAs Diversity Expert-in-Residence program, student cultural competence and leadership programs and other special initiatives and projects, including the UNC Diversity Awards, MLK Celebration, and the Carolina Millennial Scholars Program for minority male first-year and transfer students.

Victor J. Schoenbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC

While known to many peers and friends as “Vic”, Dr. Victor Schoenbach is an associate professor in the department of epidemiology in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Most of his research since 1986 has concerned the health of African Americans, both on a national level and specifically in North Carolina. In 1990 he worked with Dean William Small to assist the school’s Minority Student Caucus to re-launch its annual Minority Health Conference. He was the first chair of the American College of Epidemiology’s Committee on Minority Affairs and served on its Board of Directors. Dr. Schoenbach has continued to promote minority advancement through the school’s Minority Health Project broadcasting the conference’s keynote lecture. In 2012, the Minority Health Conference added a second keynote lecture titled the Victor J. Schoenbach Health Disparities Keynote Lecture.


Broadcast Coordinators


Sharbari Dey, M.S.W.
Education Program Coordinator, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, UNC

Sharbari serves as education program coordinator with Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Carolina.  In her role, she is responsible for DMA diversity education and outreach efforts and executing programs related to increasing diversity in education, access, and research in higher education such as the annual faculty and staff Diversity THINKposium and the Diversity in Higher Education Speaker Series. She facilitates workshops across campus and in the community on cultural competency and recognizing bias in teaching and learning; promotion, tenure, hiring and recruitment for students, staff and faculty. She also co-coordinates a high impact cohort-based access and success program that focuses on under-represented student leadership – the Cultural Competency Leadership Institute. Additionally, she provides consulting services to units and departments at Carolina and in the community that are engaged and interested in promoting inclusive excellence.

Trinnette Cooper, M.P.H.
Coordinator for Diversity Programs and Recruitment , Office of Student Affairs, Gillings School of Public Health, UNC

Trinnette provides leadership for the School’s diversity programs and initiatives, outreach, and recruitment. She also represents the School, in particular the Office of Student Affairs, on a number of initiatives related to student success, diversity, and inclusion.

DeVetta Holman Nash, M.P.H.
Strategic Planner for Diversity Initiatives
, Student Wellness, UNC

DeVetta serves as the strategic planner for Diversity Initiatives within Student Wellness and serves as the Co-Lead for the Vice-Chancellor’s Inclusiveness and Accessibility Service Delivery Team.As a professionally trained health educator and primary prevention specialist, DeVetta earned her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill as well as her Masters Degree in Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. In addition, DeVetta is certified by the Drug and Alcohol Institute, the HIV/AIDS Higher Education Leadership Forum, and as a National Addiction Prevention Specialist. In addition to her other responsibilities, she has served as manager of the North Carolina Governor’s Academy for Prevention Professionals, officially recognized by the Annapolis Coalition for Innovation in Workforce Development. DeVetta is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTSA) and has been inducted into the UNC Frank Porter Graham Honor Society for outstanding professional work. 


Planning Committee


Travis Albritton, M.S.W., M.Div, Clinical Assistant Professor; Director, Triangle Distance Education MSW Program, School of Social Work, UNC

Danny Bell, American Indian Studies Program, American Studies Department, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC

Allison De Marco, M.S.W., Ph.D., Investigator; Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC

William C. (“Bill”) Jenkins, M.S., Ph.D., Co-Director, Minority Health Project, UNC

O.J. McGhee, Manager, Instructional Media Services, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Sharon Holmes Thomas, M.S.W., Assistant Dean, Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid, School of Social Work, UNC