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Gillings School Welcome and Orientation Events

Welcome! We're so happy you're here.

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Gillings Virtual Schoolwide Welcome and Orientation Webinars

View a welcome from Dean Rimer and an introduction to school resources and support.

Gillings Inclusive Excellence Trainings and Debrief Discussions

Gillings Inclusive Excellence Recorded Sessions will be posted daily. Students will also register for one virtual synchronous discussion session to attend on Friday, August 13.

Monday, August 9 - Friday, August 13

Students in front of the Gillings School

UNC Graduate School Orientation for all Graduate Students

Online modules will feature videos, resources, PowerPoint presentations and more. The orientation website will also feature live and recorded panel discussions with faculty and graduate students.

Available online

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MSPH students attend a welcome event.

Gillings Building Community: Meet and Greet for New Students of Color

Do you identify as a student of color and are new to the Gillings School of Global Public Health? If so, please stop by for a “cool treat” at this year’s Meet and Greet Welcome Event as a part of the Gillings orientation. We invite you to engage with students leaders from the Minority Student Caucus, other Gillings students, staff, faculty and administrators of color -- we are all committed to making sure you feel connected and supported. Registration required.

August 12

If you have questions about this event, please contact Trinnette Cooper, Coordinator, manager of inclusive excellence and outreach, at

University International Graduate Student Orientation (Hosted by UNC ISSS)

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. This session is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students and will cover crucial immigration information and campus resources for new international students. (Note that International Student Orientation is separate from other orientation sessions you may be required to attend.) Please use the registration link below to register. You will need to register using your UNC email account.

Friday, August 13, 2-4 p.m. (Zoom)

Armfield Atrium

Program Overviews and In-person/Virtual Concentration and Department Sessions

Registrants will automatically receive program-specific details.

Monday, August 16 and Tuesday August 17

UNC Graduate School In-Person Orientation Lunch

Meet and greet fellow graduate and professional students, staff from The Graduate School, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, and Orientation Ambassadors. Registration closes August 2.

August 17
Courtyard at Davie Hall

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Front of Rosenau Hall

Gillings Day of Service

Be part of a community of fellow Gillings students! Students will be matched with a participating volunteer site and everyone will be finished by noon. Snacks and water will be provided.

Saturday, August 21

Gillings Building Community Events


Students pose together in the Atrium.
Globe. Picture from Unsplash by Krzysztof Hepner

Gillings School International Students Meet and Greet

This welcome event brings together incoming and current international students to learn about new information and resources. A light breakast will be served.

Tuesday, August 24, from 8-9:30 a.m.
Michael Hooker Research Center Atrium

Student Organizations and Activities Fair

Every year, the Gillings School of Global Public Health hosts a Student Organizations and Activities Fair for UNC offices and organizations from around campus to meet Gillings students and inform them about available services and activities they will be able to participate in throughout the school year.

September 1, 1-3 p.m.

The Gillings School Student Government Association poses for a shot.
Students study in a conference room.

Health Affairs Book in Common Session(s)

Read the book independently over the summer and come together in September to discuss concepts of growth mindset as an interprofessional group. View the flyer for more details.

Carolina Family Weekend

Carolina Family Weekend is full of tradition and excitement. It is a wonderful time for families to reconnect with their student(s), meet other Carolina families, and connect with faculty and staff. There are exciting programs and events to explore and enjoy all within the vibrant, Carolina community.

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3

A recent cohort of MHA students gather for a picture.
Pictured is the Rosenau Hall cupola.

University Day

University Day is an occasion to remember the University’s past and celebrate its future. The date, October 12, marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the institution’s first building and the oldest state university building in the nation.

Tuesday, October 12