Our Commitment to Equity

At the Gillings School, we understand the critical need for intentional diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We welcome, value and learn from individual differences and perspectives, and we maintain a welcoming, supportive educational and workplace climate for all our students, staff and faculty members. The current national discussion and introspection regarding race and racial inequities in the United States, resulting from both COVID-19 pandemic demographics and the recent state-sanctioned deaths of Black people including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, reinforces Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Through purposeful and targeted efforts, outlined in our Inclusive Excellence Action Plan, our goal is for all students, faculty and staff members alike to be adequately equipped to advocate for inclusive excellence in their phenomenal work in North Carolina, the United States and throughout the world. This will be achieved through the provision of educational trainings and workshops, broadening access to individuals from disenfranchised populations and critical examination and adjustment of exclusionary policies and practices. The inclusive excellence team and their efforts are led by Dr. Kauline Cipriani, associate dean for Inclusive Excellence.

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Addressing Systemic Racism in Schools of Public Health

Written by a group of administrators within the Office of Inclusive Excellence, students, faculty, and staff from a Masters concentration in Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights at the Gillings School, this manifesto addresses systemic racism in schools of public health.

Emergency Preparedness, Ethics and Equity Series

The COVID-19 pandemic, and our response to this disease, have underscored deep, persistent societal inequities. The Emergency Preparedness, Ethics and Equity Series will explore how we can continue to foster inclusive excellence and health equity during the most turbulent of times. Speakers will explore ways to consistently apply culturally relevant, ethical and equitable decision-making so that the most vulnerable among us are not left further disenfranchised post-COVID-19.

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2020 Heed Award

For the second year in a row, leadership at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been honored with the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to and ongoing promotion of inclusive excellence.

Gillings School Job Postings

If you are interested in positions in and around the Gillings School, search the Gillings School Job Posting page.

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At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, diversity and inclusion are infused into our:

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

Recent Events

Download our Enrollment Diversity (PDF) presentation to see information on enrollment trends and department diversity.