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What's New in OIDI

The 2020-2021 academic year held a number of exciting firsts as well as the continuation of several initiatives.  Read about them in the End of Year Report and check out the Guiding Principles that inform our work ahead.  As a reminder, the Request for Assistance form is available for individuals and organizations that desire to collaborate with our team. Use the form to request funding and/or program assistance by unit staff. Email oidi@uncw.edu with any questions.     

Because It's Time Monument Unveiled

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


We Are UNCW Highlights Upperman's 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.   (Read full article here) 



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.

UNCW honorees connected with the Cultural Centers are below:
Jessica Aguilar ’20, program coordinator, Juntos 4-H Pender County (former Centro Hispano staff)

Manuel Christopher Lloyd ’17, cultural enrichment program coordinator, UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center

Emmanuel Mitcham ’20C, ’20M, marketing and communications specialist, UNCW Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning (former Upperman African American Cultural Center staff)

Chris Montero ’12 ’16M, co-founder and operations and sales director, Perfect Touch Rental (former Centro Hispano staff) (Read full article here)