A Message from the Dean on Diversity

The Gillings School welcomes you!

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH

Our legacy of diversity and inclusion. Since the School’s inception almost 75 years ago, our faculty, students and staff have pushed themselves to make the Gillings School a diverse and inclusive environment, even as they worked to create the social and physical conditions to support health for all.

This legacy, upheld and reaffirmed across decades, was one reason I was so honored to be appointed dean in 2008 and to lead the School in extending those achievements. All around me I have found willing partners in this effort.

SPH2020, a renewed commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2010, our School’s leadership engaged in a strategic planning process, SPH2020, in which we asked faculty, staff, students and alumni to weigh in about their vision for the Gillings School in 2020. Hundreds shared their thoughts

I was humbled and profoundly gratified by the desire—expressed by stakeholders from all departments and across all ranks—to enhance the diversity and inclusiveness of our School. This commitment:

  • springs from our past,
  • grows from within,
  • flourishes from the ground up, and
  • extends into the future.

Explore these pages to discover more about how we embrace this vision, including how you, too, can participate and make a difference.

–Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor