Dean’s Welcome

The 2016-17 Academic Year is winding down. What a great year we have had! Faculty, staff, students and community partners of CHHS have once again demonstrated consistent and considerable effort toward achieving our vision of enhancing health and quality of life. I always enjoy our spring picnic and our celebration this year at the Miracle Field was very special. Our “gung ho” spirit was on display as we enjoyed great food, great fellowship and a great kickball contest!  

I want to thank the CHHS Globalization, Culture and Diversity Committee along with the Office of ETEAL and the Watson College of Education for offering “Confronting Implicit Bias: Resources for Examining and Acknowledging Privileged Identities in Higher Education.” This workshop focused on helping us examine how implicit bias is present in our everyday lives, including in our professional roles. The committee has had a very successful year developing an action plan to enhance diversity and inclusion in CHHS. I look forward to more workshops as the plan is operationalized. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved with the CHHS Globalization, Culture and Diversity Committee, please contact Peter Nguyen at

I want to also thank the CHHS Center for Healthy Communities and the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) for co-hosting “Community in Crisis: Our Community’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic” in Kenan Auditorium. More than 500 community members from the counties served by the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative SENCRHC – New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Columbus and Duplin counties – attended the event. Congratulations to Katelyn Matney, the coordinator of the CHC, and Olivia Herndon, director of Public and Mental Health and Continuing Education Operations and Outreach of the SEAHEC, for helping the SENCRHC in this endeavor. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved with the work of the CHC and the SENCRHC, please contact Katelyn at

The CHHS Strategic Planning Task Force is seeking your input on the draft of the new Strategic Plan - Vision, Mission, Vales, Goals and Objectives. The task force has done a great job in the revision process, and we are thankful for the excellent input that has been received by faculty, staff, student and community members. The plans call for the edited plan to be affirmed by the Strategic Planning Task Force and the CHHS Leadership Team in May. Once this process is complete, I will formally accept the plan and initiate the adoption, implementation and marketing plans.

Once active—no later than July 1, 2017—I will charge each school, center and support team structure to develop a new plan than aligns with both the CHHS and UNCW plans. This work will take place during the 2017-18 academic year. This is an exciting process that will ensure alignment of the college with the university, as well as provide us with a plan of action to shape the future of health and human services at UNCW.

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Please mark your calendars for May 5, 5:30 p.m. Trask Coliseum for the spring 2017 commencement ceremony.

In addition to the university ceremony, please make sure you attend the following celebrations within our schools:

May 5 - 9:30 a.m.        School of Nursing - Clinical Research             Kenan Auditorium

May 5 – noon              School of Nursing Ceremony - Nursing           Kenan Auditorium

May 5 - 3 p.m.             School of Social Work                                     Kenan Auditorium

May 5 - 3 p.m.             School of Health/Applied Human Sciences     Burney Center

Finally, please join your colleagues and the CHHS Leadership Team as we recognize our faculty and staff who have retired or will be retiring this year. We will have a campus-wide reception for our folks on May 8, 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the McNeill Hall Multi-Purpose Room. This is an important milestone for our colleagues and we are honored to celebrate their lifelong work and contributions to CHHS at UNCW.


Dean Charles Hardy