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A graduate student in academic regalia smiles while standing in front of a banner that reads UNC The Graduate SchoolThe Graduate School broadly defines diversity. This definition includes graduate and professional students who are racially/ethnically diverse, first-generation, international, LGBTQIA+, or are military-affiliated.

Diversity Mission:

Diverse experiences, backgrounds, viewpoints, and contributions are key elements for the success of any enterprise. The Graduate School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to sustaining a diverse graduate student body and fostering a climate of inclusion and acceptance. We aim to contribute to the successful degree completion of each student through targeted academic and professional development programs.

Diversity Recruitment:

The Graduate School is committed to a diverse graduate study body and through DSS, is involved in broad recruitment efforts. We welcome the opportunity to work with programs/departments/schools with the efforts below as well as in strategizing their recruitment endeavors. Visit our Diverse Student Travel Recruitment page to learn more about the nomination process and application system.

Featured video: Initiative for Minority Excellence

The Initiative for Minority Excellence focuses on the retention and the successful graduation of our racially/ethnically diverse graduate students.

Recent Highlights

Sampreeti Bhattacharya wearing a polka dot shirt and standing with her hand on her hip.

Global Grads: Sampreeti Bhattacharya

Sampreeti Bhattacharya is an international Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry. She came to UNC-Chapel Hill from India, where she completed her undergraduate studies.

Charity Lackey wearing a white tee-shirt and cardigan.

Initiative for Minority Excellence: Charity Lackey

Charity Lackey, a 2017 alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill is an emerging scientist with clinical nursing background interested in understanding the relationship between the experience of stress and health outcomes. She also works at UNC Health as a registered nurse.

Sally Cabrera standing in front of mountains.

Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS: Sally Cabrera

Sally Cabrera is a MPH student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health who is focused on community-based research to influence public health policy. With a lens of epidemiological methods, she seeks to enhance the relevance and use of research data that would influence policy and benefit communities.

Bryan Rogers

MAGS: Bryan Rogers

Bryan Rogers is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP), where his research interests include bioinformatics, cancer biology, and immunology.

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