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. 

We Fly, Together

A Message from the Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Welcome to the Office of Instuitional Diversity and Inclusion!  

You are here; that matters to us. We exist to ensure this institution is a place that recognizes the diversity that makes us unique. That diversity enhances our capacity for creativity and exploration. It leads us to extend our networks and build new partnerships. If you are a Seahawk whose identity has been historically disenfranchised or marginalized in some way, we provide a number of services to help you find your place here.

Currently, we have three centers that focus on the needs of diverse students. Those include the Upperman African American Cultural Center, Centro Hispano (including Mi CASA), and the LGBTQIA+ Resource Center. Those centers support more than 2,000 students who identify as racially and ethnically diverse as well as those who identify as LGBTQIA. We also partner with other offices on campus and in the community to provide support and programming for students from other diverse backgrounds; to collect and disseminate data related to diversity and inclusion; to increase scholarship funding for diverse students; and to enhance our university-wide efforts to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty and staff.  

Since my arrival to UNCW in 2007, I have witnessed the Seahawk spirit take flight in a number of ways. We have used our imaginative capacity to develop new academic programs, forge innovative partnerships and serve our communities. In this moment, as we define what our new academic research designation means in the face of a global health crisis and continue efforts towards racial justice, we stand at a precipice. How we act in this moment will determine who we become in the future.

Serving in an interim role as the Chief Diversity Officer, I am honored to be on this journey with you. And even though I bring my own identity as a Black woman from the southern United States to everything I do, I value the histories and identities we all bring.

We have a lot to do this year. Along with the staff in each of our centers, I ask that you join us in this work. It will take all of us, with intellect, ingenuity, respect and grace, to make this campus one where everyone feels valued. I have faith that we can soar, together. We are UNCW. 

We fly, together. 

Wings up, Seahawks. 

Donyell L. Roseboro, Ph.D. 
Professor and Interim Chief Diversity Officer


News & Events

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Michael Eric Dyson Keynote Speaker for Virtual MLK Celebration 

Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation’s greatest thinkers, distinguished writers and renowned orators, is the keynote speaker for UNCW's virtual 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration slated for Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. (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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