Please keep reading for events and announcements related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Don’t forget to send me items to include in future newsletters: DEI Newsletter Submissions

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion has compiled a list of Black History Month events happening across campus.

Click here to see a listing of events: Black History Month at UNC-Chapel Hill.

School of Education Black History Month Conversation Series: Remembering our Past, Focused on our Future – February 11th, 18th, 25th, 11am – noon.

Each Thursday in February, we will have a guest speaker discuss the role of schools of education in uplifting and elevating Black youth, families, and communities. Please plan to attend this series.

Feb. 11: Dr. Paul Harris, Associate Professor, University of Virginia

Register here.
Direct meeting link.

Feb. 18: Dr. William Jackson, CEO, Village of Wisdom
Registration Link:

Register here.
Direct meeting link.

Feb. 25: Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Professor and Dean, School of Education, American University

Registration link.
Direct meeting link.

Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture – Feb. 9th, 5:30pm

Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be in conversation with Karla Slocum, director of UNC’s Institute of African American Research on “The Legacy of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow.” Register Here

Honors Carolina Structures of Inequality Lecture Series

In the fall, Honors Carolina kicked off an ongoing examination of Systems of Inequality with a series of programs on structural racism. This semester, we will turn our attention to related questions of bias and discrimination. Topics will range from equity in the media to the rural-urban divide, college access, and mental health.

Register here.

Moving Forward on Rural Urban Divide and Access to Health Care

Meredith Bazemore, Director for Rural Recruitment and Initiatives
Thursday, February 11
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hour of Action
Wednesday, February 17
12:00PM – 1:00PM

School of Pharmacy Black History Month Events

Black Excellence in Pharmacy Keynote Address | Dr. John E. Clark

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
12:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET
Register here.

As a professor, clinical pharmacist, published author, and distinguished speaker, Dr. Clark will share a historical review of the contributions of African American women in pharmacy and an early analysis of the way early African American pharmacy schools impacted health disparities.

Black Excellence: Enduring Desegregation at ESOP

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
5:00pm ET – 6:30pm ET
Register here.

This presentation will feature vignettes of the first Black graduates from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the role of segregation in their experiences.
Speakers: Dr. Gregory Bond, Christian Brown, Dr. Ben Urick

Teaching Fellow Seminar Series

Each year the UNC North Carolina Teaching Fellows plan a seminar series surrounding a theme chosen the year before derived from our four pillars that ground the enrichment experiences within the UNC NC Teaching Fellows program. The four pillars include Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Equity and Diversity, Experiential Education, and Educator Leadership and guide the development of the UNC Teaching Fellows Community of Learners. The theme for the 2020-2021 academic year is Diversity in Schools: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial. See below for the remaining lectures within the series.

If interested in attending, please RSVP by 5PM on the day of the event to Tammy Siler,

February 17th, 2020, 6:30-7:30PM ~ Dr. Dana Griffin, Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Education ~ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Pre-Service and In-service Educators

March 17th, 2020, 6:30-7:30PM ~ Dr. Cathy Kea, Professor of Special Education, North Carolina A&T University, College of Education ~Culturally Responsive Teaching

Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century: Competing Perspectives and Shared Goals – Feb. 23rd, 5:30pm

For their upcoming Abbey Speaker Series online event, the UNC Program for Public Discourse and the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies are bringing together a panel of Black academic, journalistic, religious, and political leaders, including NC State Senator Valerie Foushee, for a discussion on racial justice. The moderator is New York Times columnist and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie. The event is online, and registration is free and open to all. Anyone interested in attending can register using this link:

Please note, if any faculty are interested in incorporating this event into their curriculum, we can pre-register your classes. All you need to do is send a list with your students’ UNC email, First Name, and Last Name to Jonathan Nichols at Screenshots are acceptable.

For more information, click here: Abbey Speaker Series.

Race, Racism, & Racial Equity (R3) Symposium: ARTivism – Feb. 24th, 3 – 4:30 pm

The third event in the R3 series, “ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism,” will be moderated by Dr. Travis Albritton, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the School of Social Work. The arts can help us better understand systems of oppression and their impacts, challenge white supremacy, foster dialogue around race and racism, and advance racial equity. This event will highlight work by UNC scholars and current and former graduate students to do just that through a variety of artistic genres, including performance, storytelling, music, painting, and photography. We are also honored to include a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural Poet Laureate, CJ Suitt. To register: Click here

DEI Resources

GlobalMindED 2020 – This GlobalMindED YouTube channel has over 90 DEI webinars primarily led by leaders of color with panelists from a variety of backgrounds. 

DEI Book Club

Our next meeting will be Friday, February 19th, 12pm – 2pm.

We will be reading  James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.

Contact Dana Riger at if you want to attend and are not on the email list.

Hope to see you there.

DEI Chats

On hold through Friday, Feb. 12th.

Individual Meetings: If you would like to meet with me individually, please book an appointment.

Black History Month

Rosa Parks was not the first person to refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, AL. On March 2, 1955, in Montgomery, AL, at just 15 years old, Claudette Colvin defied the directions of the bus driver who asked her to get up so a white woman could sit. Click here to listen to a brief clip of Claudette Colvin telling her story:  Claudette Colvin- “I had to make a stand for justice.”  I share this because she, at just 15 years old, and at a time where the consequences of defiance could mean death, took a stand against racism and racist practices. We continue to exist in a world where these racist practices and policies continue to dominate. As Dr. Kent Butler said last week during his presentation, “the signs that existed during Jim Crow which designated ‘Whites Only’ and ‘Coloreds Only’ still exist; they are just invisible.” I ask all of you to reflect how these invisible signs, which continue to cause harm toward our oppressed populations, exist in the school of education, our university, and our communities. How will you make a stand for justice?