Office of the Chancellor

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Historic and critical events this past year aimed a powerful spotlight on the racial inequities and issues that our country has grappled with for centuries, compelling us, as individuals and as a community, to look more closely at our own efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at UNCW. Since June, we have initiated several programs and proposals to address this incredibly important issue. A report on these initial efforts can be found here.

Every initiative we are pursuing will rely on the active involvement of all of us to achieve long-term, meaningful change. To support these efforts, the Office of Human Resources, the Provost’s Office and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion have teamed up with the Swain Center for Executive Education in the Cameron School of Business to launch new professional development opportunities for administrators, supervisors, faculty, and staff, starting in 2021 and continuing over the next several years.

The Swain Center has engaged experts in the field, from our own faculty and staff as well as external advisors, to assist us with our efforts. A series of discussions, lectures, presentations, readings and reflections will enhance our existing initiatives and help UNCW further develop and sustain a more inclusive campus environment. Our upcoming semester plan includes:

  • January-March – Faculty and staff already involved in this work will be invited to participate in facilitated information sessions and to help design a pilot. 
  • March - May – Several pilot sessions will then be offered, providing more opportunities for others to participate and further inform the final design. 
  • During the semester, additional information about this initiative will be shared with you. 

Initial questions can be answered by contacting the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at

Let me thank you in advance for participating in these opportunities with the same open-mindedness and respect that helps define our campus community. Again, you can find more information on current initiatives in this report, along with our mutual commitment of respect in our Seahawk Respect Compact. If you have thoughts or suggestions regarding this important work, please let me know.

Sincerely yours,

Jose V. Sartarelli