Office of the Chancellor

Notice: Spring 2021 Update on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Development Opportunities for UNCW Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Historic events continue to aim 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 key actions to address this incredibly important issue. An update about these efforts was shared with the Board of Trustees Special Committee on Renewal and Accountability in January, and you can review it here. In addition, an update was presented to the Faculty Senate in March. Every initiative we are pursuing will rely on the active involvement of all of us to achieve long-term, meaningful change.

Last December, we announced an important initiative to offer professional development for all administrators, supervisors, faculty and staff, starting in 2021 and continuing over the next several years. 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.

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 help us design and launch these efforts, now called Excellence in Equity and Inclusion.

Since January, the following actions were taken:

  • Experts in the field, from our own faculty and staff as well as external advisors, were engaged to assist us with our efforts.
  • Faculty and staff already involved in this work participated in facilitated information sessions to help us design a pilot, including our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Fellows.
  • Additional individuals participated in these information sessions, including those recommended by key leaders from across campus.
  • Pilot sessions are scheduled in April.
  • We plan to offer additional sessions more broadly over the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

Initial questions can be answered by contacting the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at OIDI@uncw.edu and the Swain Center here.

Let me thank you in advance for participating in these opportunities with the same open-mindedness and respect that helps define our campus community, as outlined in our Seahawk Respect Compact. You also can find more resources on the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion website. If you have thoughts or suggestions regarding this important work, please let me know.

Sincerely yours,

Jose V. Sartarelli
Chancellor