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. 

Governor Cooper Proclaims LGBTQ Pride Month 2021

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Click here to download a copy of the NC proclamation. Click here to view the LGBTQ PRIDE month proclamation from The White House. 

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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.frican 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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