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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. 

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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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