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 Intersection of Global Health and Inclusive Excellence Seminar Series presents "Locating Decolonization in Anti-Racism Spaces: a new DEI Frontier in Public Health"

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH, reflects on what we can learn from the anti-racism movement in the United States and its effort to decolonize global health.

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Michael Hooker Research Center

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.

2021 Heed Award

For the third consecutive year, 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.

The 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Download our Enrollment Diversity (PDF) presentation to see information on enrollment trends and department diversity.