UNCW Campus Leaders Reaffirm Seahawk Respect Compact

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

UNCW campus leaders reaffirmed the university’s commitment to an open and respectful learning and working environment during the Seahawk Respect Compact Reauthorization Ceremony April 2.
The Seahawk Respect Compact, created in 2008, expresses the university’s aspiration to create a community that values each individual’s unique contribution, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, geography, disability or age.
The compact brings together freedom of speech, dignity and respect, said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “It’s important that a university like ours espouses this marketplace of ideas where all kinds of expression are allowed,” he added. “But at the same time, we have to do it in a way that is appropriate. I think that is what is embodied in the compact.”
The reauthorization ceremony was among the many initiatives underway to build a more inclusive and welcoming campus. Besides the reauthorization, the Chancellor’s Campus Climate Committee has:
  • Initiated campus-wide open forums,
  • Created and promoted learning venues for faculty, staff and students,
  • Tracked progress on recruitment and retention, and
  • Made recommendations for improving availability of resources

“In order to be the best versions of ourselves, it’s important that we get to choose how we inspire each other and help each other grow,” said Dr. Kent Guion, chief diversity officer and co-chair of the Chancellor’s Campus Climate Committee.
The reauthorization ceremony is part of DIVE IN (Diversity, Inclusivity, Validity, Expression, Impact, Nonjudgement) Week sponsored by the Student Government Association and UNCW Student Ambassadors. The goal of the week is to promote diversity and inclusivity on campus. All events are open to the campus community.
“This compact is a key piece of what makes UNCW great,” said Cole Tillett ’20, president of the Student Government Association. “It’s a higher set of values that students, faculty and staff strive to achieve every day.”
--Kristian Worthy ’19

Students with Chancellor Sartarelli

From left to right: Dara Arroyo, SGA Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Latisha Rivera, Student Ambassador; Cole Tillet, SGA President; Chancellor José V. Sartarelli; SGA Treasurer Sean Clark.