Gillings School Student Activities, Organizations and Community Events


  • Gillings Student Organizations and Activities Fair – Wednesday, September 1 (1 – 3 p.m.) in the Michael Hooker Research Center Atrium)

General Links

Health and Wellness

A message from Dean Sims-Evans (PDF)

Wind Down Wednesday Mental Fitness Series
Wind Down Wednesday is a virtual mental fitness series created to help students to maintain a healthy school-life balance. Join professionals in Public Health and Mental Health invited by Associate Dean for Student Affairs- Charletta Sims Evans to coach current students on keeping your stress and anxiety low during the semester.

  • August 25 at 5pm: What is your new normal? with Stephanie Briscoe (Register now.)
  • September 15 at 5pm:Releasing Fear and Embracing Peace with Rae Lundy (Register now.)
  • October 13 at 5pm: Supporting the LGBTQ Community with Dr. Brad Johnson (Register now.)
  • November 10 at 5pm: Solving for X: Maintaining Balance Amidst Uncertainty with Stephanie Helms Pickett (Register now.)

Mental Health and Wellness


Virtual Nutrition


Peer2Peer is an undergraduate and graduate student-led initiative that provides peer support in the form of one-on-session with peer responders. Through these conversations, we support anonymity and individual autonomy. Peer support connects us to each other through shared experiences.

We hope our Peer Responders’ diverse range of lived experiences can help students across the country find comfort during this unprecedented time. We encourage individuals to use this platform as an avenue to talk about what may be on their minds– both mental and non-mental health-related.

Peer2Peer values vulnerability, empathy, and perspectives that are innate to peer support.  We hope students across the country will seek support through Peer2Peer and encourage those around them to do the same.

Connect with Peer2Peer Services.

Lectures, Seminars and Webinars

Gillings School Series

Student Success Seminars
Student Success Seminars focus on empowering all of our students to succeed in navigating the university environment. We plan the seminars with the overall goal of equipping students to achieve their academic and personal goals by offering sessions geared toward enhanced learning (e.g. research talks), sessions on interpersonal development, personal responsibility, professional development, leadership, and more. Seminars are specifically for current, matriculating students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

  • Be Proactive Rather than Reactie and CONQUER your Semester with Dr. Kristen Black, alumna and vice chair of the Gillings Alumni Association – Thursday, September 23 at 5pm (Register now.)

Outside of the Gillings School

Career Services


Gillings School Career Summit for 1st Year Students
August 27 (noon – 5 p.m.) and September 10 (noon – 5 p.m.)
More information coming soon.

Public Health Resume Tips and Tricks
Thursday, September 9 (5-6:15 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Gillings Practicum Search Bootcamp
Thursday, September 30 (5-6:15 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Public Health Job Search Tips nd Tricks
Thursday, October 7 (5-6:15 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Virtual Lunch and Learn
Friday, October 15 (noon – 1 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Basic Networking Session: Go from Dull to Awesome
Thursday, October 28 (5-6:15 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Interviewing Techniques for Jobs, Internships and Fellowships
Thursday, November 4 (5-6 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Be Your Own Accountability Coach
Thursday, November 11 (5-6:15 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

Virtual Lunch and Learn
Friday, Nocember 12 (noon – 1 p.m.)
Register on Handshake.

General Links:

What We’re Listening to and Reading


Race, History, and Anti-Racist Education


Public Health, Wellness and Nutrition



Race and Culture

Public Health


Movies and Videos

Web Articles and Links


Additional Resources


Archived Webinar Recordings

Student Success Seminars

Tips on Self-Advocacy for Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals with Dr. Andre Brown [View Recording]

Be Proactive Rather than Reactive and Conquer Your Semester with Dr. Kristin Black [View Recording]

Wind Down Wednesday Series

What is your New Normal? with Stephanie Briscoe [View Recording.]

Identity and Self Worth with Angenette Crume [View Recording]

Radical Self Care with Dawna Jones, Assistant Dean for Students [View Recording]

Grief and Loss with Greg Bocchino [View Recording]

Managing Your Attention with Shekinah Fashaw [View Recording]

Food and our Health with Jonathan Earnest [View Recording on YouTube.]

Optimizing Your Space and Time with Betty-Shannon Prevatt [Watch on YouTube]

Harnessing Your Strengths and Resilience with Candice Fisher Webb [Watch on YouTube]

Alleviating Stress and Anxiety with Dr. Kamala Uzzell [Watch on YouTube]

Mental Fitness Series: How to Fail Better, speaker Shirin Eskandani, Personal Coach and founder of Wholehearted Coaching [View Recording]

Burn Out and the Stress Cycle with Jill Triana, Owner and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor at Capital Counseling [View Recording]

Microaffirmations: Small Act…Big Impact with Candice Powell, director of Carolina Covenant [View Recording]

International Student Resources

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Resources for International Students

Fall 2021 International Student Support Pod
Fridays, noon-1pm
Online (Zoom)
Register to join each session.

Black and POC Student Resources

Black Student Support Pod
The Gillings Black Student Support Pod was created to support the success of current, matriculated black students in the Gillings School.  This support pod is ONLY for students who identify as Black in the Gillings School.  The purpose of this support pod is to create opportunities for students to create a network and learn how to use their new support system.  Students are given the opportunity to choose themes and topics for discussion, and develop ground rules for each event.   As part of the Gillings Black Student Support Pod committee, we work to provide resources when needed, offer coping skills to use during the pandemic, share helpful podcasts/books and new meditation apps, allow students to openly discuss their concerns about School and University issues  and discuss current local, state and national events related to racial unrest.  Most importantly, we offer a time for Black students to connect and have a community! This monthly event is scheduled once monthly, Tuesday afternoon at 5pm and the duration should be 45 minutes – one hour.

  • Navigating White Spaces with Dr. Charla Blumell – Tuesday, September 14 at 5pm (Register now.)
  • The Imposter Syndrome with Tomiko Ball – Tuesday, October 5 at 5pm (Register now.)
  • Black Trauma with Reba Royster – Tuesday, November 16 at 5pm (Register now.)

Black Mental Health Resources

Please note: The resources included here are not endorsed by UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Chapel Hill is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these resources.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.

Black Men Heal
Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men.

Black Mental Health Alliance — (410) 338-2642
Provides information and resources and a “Find a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional.

Black Mental Wellness
Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.

Black Women’s Health Imperative
Organization advancing health equity and social justice for Black women through policy, advocacy, education, research and leadership development.

Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
BLHF has launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed clinicians in our network. Individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.

Brother You’re on My Mind
An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect Black men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in Black men.

Ebony’s Mental Health Resources by State
List of Black-owned and focused mental health resources by state as compiled by Ebony magazine.

Provides culturally sensitive self-care support and teletherapy for Black men and their families. Currently in pilot program available only to residents of MD, VA and DC. Residents of other states can join their waiting list and will be notified when Hurdle is available in their state.

Live Another Day

Extensive information on mental health and substance use resources for people of color. Their mission is equal access to life-saving resources. They have guides for Black, Latinx, Asian, and native people.

Melanin and Mental Health
Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.

Ourselves Black
Provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.

POC Online Classroom
Contains readings on the importance of self care, mental health care, and healing for people of color and within activist movements.

Sista Afya
Organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support for Black women.

Therapy for Black Girls
Online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.

The SIWE Project
Non-profit dedicated to promoting mental health awareness throughout the global Black community.

The Steve Fund
Organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.

Unapologetically Us
Online community for Black women to seek support.

Self-Care For People Of Color

In recognition of many mental health conditions are being triggered as a result of the coronavirus, the economic crisis and repeated racist incidents and death.

Detox Local

An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Learn more about mental health conditions including anxiety disordersdepression and posttraumatic stress disorder.

  • Article on coping with anticipatory grief
  • Article on coping with traumatic stress
  • Article on Racial Battle Fatigue

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