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Kauline Cipriani, PhD

Dr. Kauline Cipriani

Kauline Cipriani, PhD

Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Associate Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
  • 266 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7400
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27517
  • USA
Dr. Kauline Cipriani is associate dean for inclusive excellence and associate professor of Public Health Leadership at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She leads strategic planning, development and implementation of programs and approaches to enhance access, diversity, equity and inclusion across Gillings; and she facilitates development of inclusive leadership across the Gillings School’s Dean’s Council. 

Dr. Cipriani’s career has centered on addressing diversity, equity and inclusion challenges specific to higher education and health careers, including expanding the pipeline for underrepresented students, recruiting and retaining underrepresented faculty and staff members, and developing capacity for all constituents in leading for equity. She believes higher education institutions can better achieve inclusive excellence by rigorous examination and adjustment of pedagogy, policies, practices and professional advancement opportunities.

During the Gillings School’s collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Cipriani has worked with University and state leaders to facilitate inclusive decision-making and use of an equity lens to inform strategy and response. To highlight how COVID-19 exacerbates health inequities, she launched the Emergency Preparedness, Ethics and Equity Webinar Series.   

Staff/Administrative Duties

  • Proposes and leads inclusive excellence initiatives
  • Provides guidance to Gillings School leaders and communicates best practices
  • Identifies, coalesces and manages diversity resources and coordinates educational and training opportunities
  • Develops metrics to assess progress toward inclusive excellence goals
  • Serves as the Gillings School Diversity Liaison


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