Dean Rhodes allocated six tenure-track/tenured faculty lines in the FY20 search authorization process as part of cluster hires that focus on topics of health, wellness and communities through the lens of racial equity and social justice and that we predict will attract new faculty of color. These hires, to start in July 2021, will focus on the following areas and/or the intersection of such: Black families and communities and health, wellness and health equity of Black, indigenous and other communities color.
In addition to these hires, the dean authorized the departments of history and African, African-American and diaspora studies to hire two new faculty in the area of U.S. slavery.
The Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program offers merit-based scholarships, opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research, professional development, leadership training, mentorship, and other programming designed to pave the way for academic success and future achievement. Along the way, students join a community of scholars committed not only to individual excellence, but also to challenging preconceptions of the scientist archetype and creating a more inclusive culture within the STEM academy.
The UNC-Chapel Hill community, like others across the United States, has experienced in recent months painful incidents of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia, leading to increased feelings of fear and vulnerability on campus. In addition, less visible forms of racism permeate our everyday lives and inform the structures within which we live and work. In response, the College of Arts & Sciences launched the Countering Hate initiative in fall 2019.
The Critical Ethnic Studies Collective is a new initiative to convene faculty engaged in research that focuses on intersectional thought and social justice in diverse communities. This research has been transformative for both institutions and individuals in the global community. At Carolina, we hope we can bring this perspective to the work of the South by providing our own infrastructure. We envision a different kind of “south,” where students and faculty can engage issues of reparation and sovereignty, (im)migration and labor, gender difference and inclusion as categories with overlapping strands, rather than competing ideologies
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