Minority Student Caucus

Our Mission

The Minority Student Caucus (MSC) advocates for issues of concern to students of color in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and promotes research and programs aimed at addressing public health issues that affect people of color. Membership is open to all students of color in the School and anyone else who is interested in supporting the Caucus’ mission.

History and Aims

The Minority Student Caucus consists of all students of color in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health who wish to join. The Caucus was founded in the early 1970s as a vehicle for bringing the concerns of minority students to the attention of the School’s administration and for working to attract more students of color to the School. The Caucus founded the Minority Health Conference (MHC) in 1977 and has conducted it annually since then. The Caucus works with the school administration to advocate for the needs of students of color and MSC representatives currently serve on the SPH Student Government, the Dean’s Council, the SPH Alumni Association and other committees throughout the Gillings School.

Spring 2018 Events

2018 Minority Health Conference banner

2018 Minority Health Conference banner

39th Annual Minority Health Conference
“Reclaiming the Narrative”
Friday, February 23
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

General Body Meetings

General body meetings are open. Please join us.

  • Jan. 11 (3 p.m., 101 Rosenau Hall)
  • Feb. 8 (3 p.m., 101 Rosenau Hall)
  • March 8 (3 p.m., 101 Rosenau Hall)
  • April 12 (3 p.m., 101 Rosenau Hall)

2017-2018 Elected Officers

Minority Student Caucus Co-Presidents

Samuel Baxter (Health Policy and Management)
Caitlin Williams (Maternal and Child Health)


Minority Health Conference Co-Chairs

Melissa Luong (Health Behavior)
Shikira Thomas (Health Behavior)



Michael Harley (Nutrition)


Nisha Bhatia (Health Policy and Management)


Geard Fossett (Health Policy and Management)

Taking Responsibility for Increasing Access and Diversity (TRIAD) Chair

Anshula Nathan (Public Health Leadership)

Education and Community Action Chair

Krystal Garcia (Health Policy and Management)