The Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Office of Inclusive Excellence works on developing a climate in which everyone feels welcomed, wanted and supported. To accomplish this goal, we work to:
- provide inclusive excellence training to anyone serving an instructional role at Gillings School
- integrate social justice and racial equity into student curriculum at all levels of education
- improve how we communicate about difference, inclusion and equity throughout Gillings School
- advocate on behalf of students for fairness and transparency regarding employment opportunities
- support the recruitment and retention of a diverse community of faculty, students and staff
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Kauline Cipriani, PhD is assistant dean for inclusive excellence, where she leads the development and implementation of initiatives and strategies to enhance access, diversity, cultural competence and inclusiveness within the School. She is also associate professor in the Public Health Leadership Program.
Director of Education and Training
Yesenia Merino, PhD, MPH, is director of inclusive excellence education and training, where she develops research projects related to inclusion in academic public health, creates and delivers trainings on inclusion and antiracism and engages partners throughout university and local communities to improve the inclusive environment at the Gillings School. An alumna of Health Behavior, she conducts mixed methods research on institutional racism and health.
Graduate Assistant for Inclusive Excellence
Chidera Agwu is graduate assistant for inclusive excellence, where she assists with the development, coordination and implementation of educational, cultural, and inclusion programs across the School. She is also a MSPH student in Health Policy and Management. She is interested in the use of data analytics and econometrics to inform decision-making in public health programs.