Diversity is defined broadly at UNC to include experiences and perspectives of students, staff, and faculty as they relate to race, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, culture, nationality, disability, religion, and region. Efforts are made to ensure that students are not “the only one” of a given identity or background in a learning environment.
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ (DMA) efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student body have met with success. UNC’s student body is considerably more diverse than it was fifteen years ago. Asian-American and Hispanic-American populations doubled and now represent 14 percent of all students.
The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) identifies talented low- to moderate-income students while they are still in high school or early in their community college careers. C-STEP guarantees admission to Carolina if students earn an appropriate associate degree and successfully complete the C-STEP program. IN 2011, Central Carolina Community College became the sixth partner school to join the program. Nearly 250 students have enrolled at Carolina through the C-STEP program since its launch in 2006.
Issues of accessibility and affordability for students from under-represented and rural populations are addressed by DMA through programs such as Tar Heel Target, Project Uplift, Upward Bound, Native American Visitation, and Hispanic Student Visitation. These programs reach thousands of North Carolina students each year and encourage the best and brightest to apply to UNC, regardless of their socio-economic status. Programs like Pre-orientation, Leadership Advantage, and the Legal Education Advancement Program encourage underrepresented and non-traditional students to lead and achieve at UNC. Diversity programs for students have been held on virtually a monthly basis since 2007, thanks to the Diversity Incentive Fund. More than 100 events over the past two years include Strengths of Muslim Women, Asian American Heritage Week, Hope Not Hate, Noche Latina, and the History of North Carolina in Black and White.
There are 17 multicultural student organizations including the Black Student Movement, the Asian Students Association, and the Persian Cultural Society. These groups stay connected through Masala, which hosts cultural teach-ins, diversity training sessions, and an annual fashion show.
UNITAS, a multicultural living and learning community, is dedicated to promoting tolerance and understanding in students’ daily lives. Participants work to overcome prejudices based on differences in gender, race, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation. In addition to living together in the residence hall, these students take a year-long anthropology course together that explores issues of social and cultural diversity through experiential and service learning.
2009-10 University Diversity Plan Report
Campus community demographic reports
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment - http://oira.unc.edu
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs - http://www.unc.edu/diversity/
UNITAS - http://housing.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=183&Itemid=141