UNCW Diversity and Inclusion Statement

In the pursuit of excellence, the University of North Carolina Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Diversity is an educational benefit that enhances the academic experience, and fosters a free exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives.  

Diversity includes, but is not limited to race, sex, age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), creed,  religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, gender, educational disadvantage, socio-economic circumstances, language, and history of overcoming adversity.

Our Vision

To become a national model for diversity and inclusion services based in research and best practices for an institution with our designation as Masters comprehensive university.

Our Mission

To provide diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategies that contribute to UNCW’s mission and strategic direction to facilitate a powerful learning experience for all students. The office also has an institutional role in providing guidance related to diversity and inclusion initiatives campus wide.

The initiatives and strategies are based on research and best practices, and clustered in the five key areas of the CLEAR framework.

  • CLIMATE: Supporting a climate that is friendly and safe, cultivating an inclusive campus culture that is welcoming to all people, engaging local and regional diverse communities in North Carolina and beyond.                                 
  • LEADERSHIP: Intentionally utilizing diversity initiatives based in research and best practices in academic colleges, student life and campus-wide, providing a consulting role related to diversity and inclusion campus wide.
  • EXCELLENCE: Integrating diversity and inclusion knowledge in the academic curricula, implementing co-curricular initiatives that enrich the classroom experience, designing and implementing cultural programming.
  • ACCESS: Using strategies that increase the access of historically underrepresented,    underserved and/or diverse students for both undergraduate and graduate levels, providing student support that generates academic persistence and success.
  • REPRESENTATION:  Following best practices to recruit and retain a diverse workforce of faculty and staff, promoting equity and equal opportunity policies and practices in employment.

Our Values

In addition to core institutional values of teaching excellence, faculty and student scholarship, student development, regional engagement, diversity and integrity, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion embraces these values:

Professionalism: Providing services with integrity, care, and accountability to benefit all campus constituencies including students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Collaboration: Partnering with offices and units campus-wide to integrate diversity in all aspects of university life.

Community engagement: Working with representatives from local and regional diverse communities from North Carolina, and beyond.

Knowledge dissemination: Disseminating diversity and inclusion knowledge, based on research and best practices.

Units in Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is currently comprised of four units:

Upperman African American Cultural Center Room 2021, Fisher University Union 2nd floor
Women’s Studies
and Resource Center 
Room 2053, Randall Library 2nd floor
Centro Hispano Room 2022, Fisher University Union 2nd floor
LGBTQIA Resource Office  Room 1037, Fisher University Union 1st floor

Each unit has a unique role to achieve the diversity goals at UNCW. Together these units support the CLEAR framework and the total effort for diversity and inclusion at UNCW.

These units provide opportunities for students to interact with caring and knowledgeable staff to assist them and/or refer them to appropriate resources.

The units collaborate to provide relevant educational and cultural programs that enrich curricular and co-curricular learning experiences. These may include lectures, film presentations, appearances by national and international performers in art, film, and music, presentations by speakers on various topics, exhibits and much more.

The office also collaborates with many campus units including, but not limited to, all academic colleges and schools, University College, Office of Admissions, Office of International Programs, Division of Student Affairs, and Human Resources.

UNCW is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.   


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