The inclusive excellence action plan is a collaborative, living document that guides the efforts of the Gillings community as we work toward inclusive excellence.

Our mission at Gillings is to educate the next generation of public health leaders in a way that holds public health accountable and responsible to communities we serve. As such, a commitment to inclusion throughout the School is imperative to us living into our values. In order to meet that commitment, as well as meet the increasingly diverse needs of North Carolina communities, we must ensure that the climate within which we train public health professionals is an inclusive one – a learning environment that fosters participation of all its members and perpetuates sustained equity and inclusion.

Our commitment to excellence, professional ethics and personal integrity in all that we do demands that we consider the needs of the least-often served first and that we act in accordance with what is the most beneficial to communities that have historically been marginalized or ignored by less nuanced population health efforts.



An orientation at the start of the academic year helps students meet new friends and colleagues.

View the current action plan

Click here to see the latest version of the inclusive excellence action plan.

Previous versions of the action plan

Periodically, the Gillings community comes together to revisit and revise our strategies toward inclusive excellence. Click below to see previous iterations of the action plan.

Group having a discussion at 2019 National Health Equity Research Webcast
Scene at Polk Place immediately after

Evolution of the action plan

The inclusive excellence action plan initially began with a community meeting where the Gillings community came together to strategize for collective action following the toppling of a confederate statue. What emerged was a larger conversation about improving the inclusive climate at the School.