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Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion at the Gillings School

At the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, we cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment to better prepare our students for the diverse world that awaits them – a world that seeks culturally competent people to serve as its leaders.

When we embrace the socio-economic, physical, cultural, racial and ethnic differences of our students, faculty and staff, we enrich the quality of coursework, classroom discussions, research and practice within the School and beyond.

At the Gillings School this perspective is infused in our:

  • Research priorities, courses, curricula, programs and special offerings;
  • Student organizations and activities;
  • Community and organizational partnerships; and
  • Efforts to recruit and support excellent students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
Mission Driven

Diversity and inclusion are central to our mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.

Find out more about our School’s commitment to diversity, including:

Diversity statement (2011).

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

SPH2020: Our strategic plan (2010).

Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce report (2011).

Recent Diversity and Inclusion efforts and accomplishments (2017)

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (2017)


At the Gillings School, we train a diverse group of dedicated students to become world-class leaders and researchers.

Discover more about our research, training and outreach aimed at overcoming disparities:

Minority Health Conference

Diversity Outreach, Recruitment and Programs

LGBTQ Center 

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At the Gillings School, you will recognize our commitment to:

  • Respectful, welcoming classroom environments for all;
  • Student colleagues from diverse backgrounds;
  • Understanding and working with people from diverse cultures and communities; and
  • Diversity outreach and recruitment with the next generation of potential public health leaders.

Celebrating over 75 years! Since 1940, UNC’s school of public health has been a standard-bearer for social justice and equity in health.