The UNC Gillings School of Public Health Advancement unit and Alumni Association Advisory Board have teamed up to form the new Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee to advance the School’s Inclusive Excellence Action Plan.

About Us

The Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee will work to fulfill the following recommendations from the action plan:

  • Recommendation 3: Significantly improve our approaches to communicating about our inclusion, equity and anti-racism efforts.
  • Recommendation 5: Improve recruitment and retention of UNC Gillings faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds.
The committee was officially launched on October 16, 2020, and will lead the Alumni Association Advisory Board’s inclusive excellence initiative. We invite all alumni of the Gillings School to join!

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Our Purpose

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  • Engage and inform the UNC Gillings community about the accomplishments and goals embedded in our inclusive excellence efforts.
  • Share the experiences of alumni who belong to underrepresented groups and offer practical suggestions to improve the lived experience of current students, faculty and staff.
  • Support our inclusive excellence priorities by recruiting alumni ambassadors, ensuring that student voices have representation and confirming that the priorities are sustainable.
  • Increase authentic engagement relationships between alumni of color and the Gillings School.

Join us!

Interested in joining the Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee?
Please fill out this brief survey.

A Message from Co-Chair, Stephanie Baker, PhD '13

Stephanie Baker, PhD, speaks about the Gillings Inclusive Excellence Committee of the Gillings Alumni Association Advisory Board. (Originally shared at the 2021 Minority Health Conference)

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Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee

We would like to hear from you! Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee.

Alumni Inclusive Excellence Committee Leadership

Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker, Co-Chair
PhD 2013 (HB)
Associate Professor
Public Health Studies
Elon University
Durham, NC


Anita Holmes

Anita Holmes

Anita P. Holmes, JD Co-Chair
MPH 1972 (HB)
Consultant
FaithHealth Division
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Durham, NC


Jessica Bell van der Wal

Jessica Bell van der Wal

Jessica Bell van der Wal
BSPH 2006 (HPM)
Co-founder and Partner
vdB Consulting, LLC
Charlotte, NC


Pam Diggs

Pam Diggs

Pam Diggs
BS 2003, MPH 2007 (HB)
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Blue Cross NC
Raleigh, NC


Ashton N. Madison

Ashton N. Madison

Ashton N. Madison
MPH 2017 (HB)
Cooperative Studies Program
Epidemiology Center
Durham VA Health Care
System
Durham, NC


Katie McMillan

Katie L. McMillan
MPH 2013 (MCH)
Associate Director
Duke University Health System,
Mobile App Gateway
Durham, NC


LeVelton Thomas

LeVelton Thomas

LeVelton Thomas
BSPH 2008, MHA 2013 (HPM)
Program Director,
Operations & Management Services
Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Health
Durham, NC