Welcome to the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion!

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 status, gender, educational disadvantage, socio-economic circumstances, language, and history of overcoming adversity. 

Join the Celebration of Black History Month!


The Upperman African American Cultural Center and campus/community entities have coordinated activities throughout the month of February in recognition of Black History Month.  For details regarding these events, contact the Upperman African American Cultural Center.  

A list of online events hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress is available here.  


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List of campus and community activities for Black History Month.
UNCW is deeply saddened to share that Lela Thompson ’67 passed away on Dec. 30, 2022. Mrs. Thompson was the first African American woman to graduate from Wilmington College, now UNCW, following integration. Mrs. Thompson, a wife and mother of four at the time she enrolled in the university, earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught in New Hanover County schools for 30 years.  (Read the full article.)
Activist Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a member of the Little Rock Nine, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at UNCW. This year’s observance celebrates the legacy of civil rights and social justice in education. (Read the full article.)
Asian and Pacific Islander students now have a place to gather and find additional support and resources with the establishment of the Asian Heritage Cultural Center, one of four centers that support diversity, equity and inclusion goals at the state’s coastal university. (Read the full article.)

UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center has been recognized for the depth of services it provides students and the community. The center received the “Center of the Year” award from the Association for Black Culture Centers during its annual conference held Nov. 3-5 in Albuquerque. (Read the full article.)

Advocating for an Asian Heritage Culture Center on UNCW’s campus was a challenge for Brienna Rafferty '23 and other members of the Asian Student Association's executive board. The students didn’t know where to start and didn’t have someone to guide them. (Read the full article.)

Commemorative artwork honoring the Indigenous peoples of southeastern North Carolina was unveiled on Nov. 3 during a special ceremony on the UNCW campus. (Read the full article.)

A two-day symposium will explore justice, education and integration through the story of the Wilmington Ten.

The Wilmington Ten Symposium, hosted by the Upperman African American Cultural Center, will feature presentations from UNCW faculty, community members, educators, surviving Wilmington Ten members and those directly involved in their pardons. (Read the full article.)

Tishera Owens '24 has taken on multiple roles at UNCW to support fellow Seahawks, including president of the Black Student Union and a DubRai$er supervisor. She became actively involved in both organizations as a freshman. (Read the full article.)

Centro Hispano will host the inaugural Impacto Latino Business Expo to bring together local Latinx-owned businesses, business professionals, entrepreneurs and UNCW students. The expo is scheduled for Nov. 12 in the Warwick Center. (Read the full article.)

Public artwork honoring the Indigenous peoples of southeastern North Carolina will be installed on Nov. 3 on UNCW’s campus. Artist Jessica Clark, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was commissioned to create the piece. (Read the full article.)

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received a $300,000 implementation grant from The Teagle Foundation to fund a program that explores the meaning and fragility of democracy. (Read the full article.)

Sheri Shaw, assistant dean for student success in the College of Health and Human Services, was selected for the 2022-2023 Weekend Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute in Boston. Read the full article.)

Two members of the OIDI team were honored as 2022 recipients of the 40 Under 40 Award.  Brooke Lambert, Director of the Mohin-Scholz LGBTQIA Resource Center and Angel Garcia, Assistant Director of Centro Hispano, were recognized by the StarNews and Wilmington Chamber of Commerce along with peers from Brunswick, New Hanover, or Pender counties, as young professionals making a difference in the community.  Read the StarNews article here. 

Asian and Pacific Islander students now have a place to gather and find additional support and resources with the establishment of the Asian Heritage Cultural Center, one of four centers that support diversity, equity and inclusion goals at the state’s coastal university. (full article)

The Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week is returning for its eighth year, offering 30 programs to support minority entrepreneurs. The conference is slated for Oct. 3-7 and will offer free in-person and virtual seminars and workshops. (full article)

UNCW Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA Tiffany D. Tucker has been named the Nell Jackson Nike Executive of the Year by Women Leaders in College Sports. (full article)

Her father's hospitalization following an accident inspired Miriam Vázquez-Materdo '25 to discover what she wanted to do with her education.

Roger Hyman ’96 is an energetic UNCW alum and the school’s new African American Graduate Association (AAGA) president. His term began July 1 and will last until the end of the 2024 academic year. Beyond his role as president, he works as a licensed mental health counselor at a private practice and is the clinical health director for Beautiful Minds Behavioral Health Services, where he makes sure therapists are supplying effective counseling while staying within state and federal guidelines and regulations. (full article)

UNC Wilmington will be the site of this year’s National Institute of Native Leaders in Higher Education Summer Institute.  This three-day professional development conference seeks to effect change in educational policies and practices to support Native and Indigenous people within higher education. (full article)

Ten faculty and staff have been selected as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellows to assist university leaders in designing programs and policies to foster a more inclusive climate at UNCW.  (full article)

The University of North Carolina System has named a select group of 26 participants to the third cohort of the UNC System Executive Leadership Institute, and includes UNCW’s Chief Diversity Officer Donyell Roseboro. (more)

Wilmington, NC (May 26, 2022) - Dr. Aswani K. Volety, an experienced leader in higher education with deeply rooted connections to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will return to the institution on July 1, 2022, as the seventh Chancellor. Chancellor-Elect Volety previously served as the Dean of UNCW’s renowned College of Arts & Sciences and the Executive Director of the Center for Marine Science. He is currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Elon University.  (more)

For the third year, the UNCW Staff Award for Excellence ceremony was held virtually. The awards recognize members of the campus community who have excelled in their service to UNCW in the categories of customer service, efficiency and innovation, human relations, public service and spirit of North Carolina. (more)

Ashantee Pickett '22 has dreamt of working with marine mammals, especially cetaceans, whales, dolphins and porpoises, since she was a little girl. Thanks to the experiences she had at UNCW and the Center for Marine Science, that dream became reality. (more)

Chris Neal wasn’t very involved in his community when he was in high school, but that changed when he came to UNCW.

“It’s important to take on a student leadership role to be a factor of change from within,” said Neal, who will earn his creative writing degree in May. (more)

Seahawk, speaker, consultant, educator, assistant pastor, CEO, kingdom entrepreneur, facilitator, program coordinator; these are just a few of the titles that describe Reddgo Long Jr. ’16, a UNCW alumnus and staff member in UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning. This year, he added one more title to this list when he became the youngest branch president of the New Hanover County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (more)

Charmaine Cox ’22 will complete a journey she started more than 20 years ago when she walks across the stage to receive her degree in social work. The mother of two took a break from her studies to care for her daughter with cerebral palsy. (more)

The American Association of Colleges and Universities is partnering with higher education institutions to develop Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers. UNCW has been selected to participate in the 2022 Institute. (more)

Dr. Donyell Roseboro, professor and UNCW chief diversity officer, is the recipient of the 2022 John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments.​ (more)

Local youth will explore the concept of empathy through the creation of community tissue quilts. The project is a part of this year’s “JUST US,” a program that uses art to help students express their feelings. (more)

Daniel Jones’s love for history took root in a small town in Georgia. He was influenced by his family of educators and his grandfather's role in local civil rights. (more)

Register to attend an upcoming DEI professional development session.  To augment diversity, equity and inclusion professional development offerings, we are piloting an option for campus-wide implementation.  Through the Racial Equity Institute, we will offer Groundwater sessions. These sessions will examine data on race and racism across several different industries including education. (more)

We Are UNCW - Ashley Gaddy '09, '13M

March 21, 2022 Growing up, Ashley Gaddy ’09, ’13M wanted nothing more than to share people’s stories as a news reporter. An interaction with youth while conducting ethnographic research in downtown Wilmington changed her career trajectory. Spending time with the young people made Gaddy realize that the sum total of their experience of Blackness was limited to a few block radius.

Apply to be a DEI Fellow for the 2022-2023 Academic Year!

The Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion's DEI Fellows Program extends UNCW's diversity and inclusion efforts within the campus and surrounding community.  (more)

UNCW and NC A&T Launch Program to Develop Diverse Faculty

The University of North Carolina Wilmington and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University have launched a new initiative that creates a pipeline for the universities to recruit diverse faculty. (more)

We are UNCW - Sabrina Hill-Black

Sabrina Hill-Black loved to play school as a child, but never saw herself as an educator.  Her favorite Sunday school teacher, Edward Todd, convinced Hill-Black otherwise. (more)

We are UNCW - Angel Garcia

Angel Garcia spent seven years at Georgetown University working in residence life, academic advising, college access and success. During that time, his interactions with Latinx students were by-chance meetings. As the new assistant director of Centro Hispano, Garcia plays a vital, direct role in Latinx students’ Seahawk experience. (more)

2022 MLK Celebration Features The Walls Group

This year’s Martin Luther King celebration returns to Kenan Auditorium with a performance by The Walls Group, an award-winning, Grammy-nominated urban contemporary gospel quartet. (more)

Dr. Wilson Okello Selected as a 2022 ACPA Emerging Scholar

Dr. Wilson Okello, an assistant professor of higher education in Watson College of Education, has been named a 2022 Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association. (more)

 UNCW Names Dr. Donyell Roseboro as Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Donyell Roseboro has been named chief diversity officer at UNCW, the university announced today. Dr. Roseboro has served as the interim chief diversity officer since July 2020. (more)

Dr. Lolita Bryant, Distinguished Citizen of the Year - UNCW Homecoming 2022

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Chris Montero, Distinguished Diversity Award - UNCW Homecoming 2022

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Arely Ramirez Diaz, Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year - UNCW Homecoming 2022

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UNCW Alumni Association Recognizes Distinguished Seahawks

Five alumni will receive the highest honor UNCW bestows upon its graduates and supporters during Homecoming 2022. The university’s Alumni Association Distinguished Awards recognize extraordinary achievement, outstanding character and exemplary service to the university and community. (more)

Lookout Books Editor KaToya Ellis Fleming Recipient of Richard S. Holding Diversity Fellowship

KaToya Ellis Fleming, Lookout Books’ editor and assistant professor of publishing arts, has been selected as a recipient of the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship. The fellowship is a collaboration of the American Copy Editors Society and the Dow Jones News Fund. Lookout Books is the literary book imprint of UNCW’s Department of Creative Writing. (more)

Virtual Race & Social Justice Institute Set for Four-night Event in February

UNCW will partner with the New Hanover County Office of Diversity & Equity, the Cape Fear Museum and New Hanover County Schools to host the second annual Race & Social Justice Institute in February. (more)

Clyde Bellecourt, Co-Founder of the American Indian Movement, Dies at 85

Clyde Bellecourt co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to help advocate for tribal sovereignty and other Civil Right.  Read more about Clyde Blellecourt here.  Learn more about the history of AIM here.  

We are UNCW: Jordyn Baker '21

Jordyn Baker '21, a native of Wilmington, NC, shares about her decision to attend UNCW and some of the meaningful experiences she's had as a Seahawk.  (Listen here


We are UNCW: Alexus Ellis '21

Checking off her bucket list items, which included going to Disney World and attending college, Alexus Ellis ’21 will graduate from UNC Wilmington on December 11, earning two degrees in criminology and sociology with plans to follow her dreams of becoming a homicide detective and ultimately an FBI agent. (more)

We are UNCW: Ashlee Fleming

Ashlee Fleming’s last semester has proven to be the most challenging of her academic career. Balancing activities, classes and meetings while also working two jobs was difficult – and she did it all in a hybrid learning environment. (more)

How Tiffany Tucker Is Inspiring Women Athletes to Fight for More

UNC Wilmington’s deputy athletic director has worked in all realms of college sports, and she’s motivating athletes to fight for what they deserve every step of the way. (Read more...Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.)

Call for Artists: Honoring Indigenous Peoples

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is seeking proposals from independent artist(s) to create an Indigenous-centered artwork for public display on our campus. Proposals should educate as well as showcase artistic excellence and be appropriate for viewing by citizens of all ages.  Proposals should include restorative aspects that aid in acknowledging/healing from the trauma of colonization. The artist fee is $15,000. (more)

Tate Family Gift Commitment Establishes Scholarships

Dr. Jimmy Tate ’99, ’01M, ’19M, current member of the UNCW Board of Trustees, and his sister, Dr. Mary Lisa Robinson, have made a $100,000 gift commitment to establish scholarships in memory of their brother, Harvey Tate Jr. (more)

We are UNCW: Vivian Locklear

Vivian Locklear’s appreciation for diversity is rooted in her childhood, when she sat on her front porch speaking about life with her relatives. As a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, passing down lessons from loved ones is a tradition, and cherishing inclusivity as a way of life found its home in her professional life, as well. (more)

Alum Author Jason Mott Picks Up Monumental Literary Honor

UNCW alumnus Jason Mott's ’06, ’08M newest novel Hell of a Book has been selected as one of five finalists in fiction for the 2021 National Book Award - one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. (more)

UNCW Professor Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock Receives National Communication Association IDEA Engagement Award

Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, communication studies professor and director of performance studies, has been named the recipient of the inaugural IDEA Engagement Award from the National Communication Association. The award recognizes research, teaching and service that prioritizes inclusion, diversity, equity and access. (more)

UNITY Wheel Project Spinning Web of Connectivity, Sparking Conversation among Seahawks

UNCW Campus Life is hosting “The UNCW UNITY Wheel Project,” an interactive public art exhibit that aims to celebrate the unique and collective identities of the Seahawk community. The exhibit is open for viewing and participation on the Clocktower Lawn in front of Randall Library until Oct. 5. (more)

We are UNCW: Diandre'Richie

Diandre’ Richie’s desire to explore the environment and the ocean began as a child. He wanted to make an impact on the world, and that calling led him to become an environmental sciences major. “Although we occupy the same planet, each country deals with different aspects of environmental issues,” he said. (more)


UNCW Names Gino Z. Galutera Director of Auxiliary Services

Following a national search, Gino Z. Galutera has been named director of auxiliary services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His appointment is effective Sept. 13, 2021. (more)

Seahawks Rising: UNCW Alumni, Employees Among 40 Under 40 Award Winners

Twelve of this year’s 40 Under 40 Award winners are Seahawks. Presented annually by the StarNews and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognize the region’s young professionals who are making a name for themselves, their businesses and workplaces. A six-member panel selected the winners from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties who excel in their professional fields and contribute to community organizations. (more)

We Are UNCW Features Dione Reynolds

As the coordinator for mentoring and pre-programs at UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center, Dione Reynolds juggles many hats. He manages the Excellence Project Scholars Program and advises the pre-law and pre-health student initiatives. He also oversees planning for Road to Sankofa, the Pre-Kwanzaa celebration, the center’s Leadership Boot Camp, Senior Sankofa and Black Table Talk. (more)

Professor Eman Ghoneim Awarded NSF Grant to Unearth Ancient Egyptian Settlements

Eman Ghoneim, professor in the UNCW Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and director of the Space and Drone Remote Sensing Lab, has been awarded a three-year, $203,874 grant from the National Science Foundation to unveil the ancestral Nile River course and its defunct branches. (more)

Tiffany Tucker Named Seahawks' Deputy Athletic Director

Tiffany D. Tucker, who has served as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at UNCW since January of 2019, has been named Deputy Athletic Director.  (more

Answering the Call Kameron Williamson '21 Pursues Dream of Becoming a Doctor

Kameron Williamson '21 begins his first year of medical school with a great appreciation for life and for those who helped him on his path to becoming a doctor. (more)

Dr. Sabrina T. Cherry, Public Health Assistant Professor, Featured in Vaccine Documentary

Dr. Sabrina T. Cherry, an assistant professor of public health in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, is featured in a new documentary entitled Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus. The project was spearheaded by Chris Schueler, an Emmy Award-winning producer. (more)

UNCW Receives $25,000 Teagle Foundation Grant

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received a $25,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation to fund a project that explores the meaning and fragility of democracy. (more)

UNCW names Sheri Shaw Interim Bridge Coordinator for New Student Support Program

College of Health and Human Services Assistant Dean for Student Success Sheri Shaw is a proven expert when it comes to building award-winning student supports, so it’s no surprise that she will lead efforts to create a new UNCW program that empowers underrepresented Seahawks. (more)

"Because It's Time" Public Artwork Honors Black Lives in Wilmington

A commemorative public artwork celebrating resilience and highlighting the core belief that Black lives matter was unveiled Friday, June 18, during a special ceremony on the UNCW campus. (more)

Boseman Gallery Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Protest in Wilmington

Now through early September, “Legacy of Protest in Wilmington” is on view in the Boseman Gallery. The exhibit is the result of an applied learning funded project that explores social movements such as anti-racism, white supremacy, labor mobilization and their history in Wilmington.

LGBTQ Pride Month 2021 Proclamations by Governor Cooper and The White House

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is recognized each June.  President Biden is only the third U.S. President to issue a proclamation in recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.  Former President Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month" in 1999 and 2000.  Former President Obama issued a proclamation for "LGBT Pride Month" each year of his presidency (2009-2016). Read more about LGBTQ+ Pride Month and the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan that sparked the Gay Liberation Movement here.  

UNCW's Eman Ghoneim Recognized bu UNC Board of Governors for Excellence in Teaching

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected 17 outstanding faculty members to receive the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Teaching, including Eman Ghoneim, professor in the UNCW Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. (more)

UNCW Partners with Community Groups for "JUST US" Program Connecting Arts and Resiliency

UNCW has partnered with local school and community groups on a pilot programthat uses art to help students express their feelings and develop resiliency skills. “JUST US” is being offered to seventh graders in several local middle schools, including UNCW’s D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. (more) 

UNCW to Install Public Artwork Representing Black Lives in Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working on public artwork to highlight the core belief that Black lives matter. Award-winning sculptor, artist and illustrator Dare Coulter has been commissioned to create the piece. (more)


Rallying Allies - The Queer Voices Project Inspires Support for LGBTQIA+ Seahawks

Audrey Schumacher ’20 had not come out to her professors, but that changed when she noticed one simple detail on sociology professor Ann Rotchford’s email: her pronouns. (more)

Celebrating Decades of Connections

The pandemic may have hampered celebrations of UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion units’ milestone anniversaries, but their work to support, educate and advocate for diverse students and the communities they serve has not slowed for a moment. (more)

NCAA Appoints Tiffany Tucker to Rules Committee

UNCW Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA Tiffany D. Tucker has been appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee. (more)

We are UNCW:  Sheri Shaw

Giving takes on many forms for Sheri Shaw: the gift of time to mentor a student, monetary support of scholarships, community activism and engagement, and even organ donation. (more)

Dr. Angela Reid-Griffin receives North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center's 2020 Award for Excellence in Informal STEM Education (more)


UNCW Office of the Arts Launches "Artivism for Social Change"

Artists have long used their creative endeavors to communicate the truth of their experiences. The UNCW Office of the Arts has curated Artivism for Social Change, a collaborative series of arts events and programs, to expand on this theme. (more)


Upperman African American Cultural Center Offers Numerous Events Celebrating Black History

UNCW’s Upperman Afirst recipient of the Distinguished Diversity Award, serves as director of Centro Hispano in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at UNCW.African American Cultural Center is offering a full calendar of events celebrating the legacies and histories of African descendants in America in observance of Black History Month. (more)

Edelmira Segovia '98, '12Ed.D., Receives Alumni Association's Inaugural Distinguished Diversity Award

Edelmira Segovia is the first recipient of the Distinguished Diversity Award, and serves as director of Centro Hispano in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at UNCW. (more)


Restorative Justice Collaborative at UNCW to Address Generational Traumas

The Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning have partnered to establish the Restorative Justice Collaborative at UNCW. The collaborative’s goal is to aid in resolving the pain caused by crime and other harmful experiences and to address the generational traumas of racial injustice and other forms of injustice. (more)

Borne the Battle Podcast's Episode #228 features Marine Corps Veteran Walter Gaskin, North Carolina Secretary of Veterans Affairs 

Episode #228 of Borne the Battle features retired Marine Corps Veteran Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin, the first Black American to command a Marine Division and the 19th Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. Gaskin discusses the challenges in overcoming adversity, stereotypes and biases in the international military community. (more)

UNCW Mourns the Passing of Helena Lee, First Director of Upperman African American Cultural Center 

The UNCW community is saddened to share news of the passing of Helena Joyce Lee, who served as the first director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center. (more)

UNCW Statement on Capitol Attack 

We, the leadership team of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, stand together to condemn the violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and to express our deep commitment to the democratic principles defining our nation. (more)

UNCW Center for Social Impact Aids Partners in Tackling Systemic Problems 

Alongside an interdisciplinary team of faculty, the UNCW Center for Social Impact is helping community partners tackle issues from poverty to affordable housing.  The center officially launched in fall 2020 and is housed in the Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning.  (more)

CHHS Faculty Member Sabrina Cherry  

Sabrina Cherry, assistant professor of public health, has won a 2020 Franklin H. Williams Award. (more)

UNCW College of Arts & Sciences Launches Diversity and Inclusion Cluster Hire Initiative 

As part of coordinated diversity and inclusion initiatives within the UNCW Division of Academic Affairs, UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences is launching a cluster hire initiative in the areas of Africana studies, race, racial inequality and social justice.  (more

We are the Class of 2020! Telling Our Story, One Graduate at a Time.

KeAndre Yeoman ’20 has been fascinated about the functions of the body since he was a young boy. So, when it came time to decide his major, biology was the obvious choice.  (more

UNCW Launches Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program

Twelve faculty and staff members have been selected as fellows for the Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program.  (more


UNCW Reaffirms Values of Seahawk Respect Compact and Freedom of Expression

In the past few days, we found banners located in our student free expression areas missing and damaged, apparently stolen or vandalized. (more

The Impact of Coronavirus on Campus Events

The coronavirus has had significant impacts on university events and programming. Please check the websites of your events of interest for current scheduling information.

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