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The Graduate School broadly defines diversity. This definition includes but is not limited to 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.

“I cannot imagine completing my doctoral program without the support, community, and resources I received from Diversity and Student Success. Their programs have been vital for me as I successfully applied for fellowships and grants and as I tackled the milestones needed to finish my degree. I am forever grateful for DSS.” —Brionca Taylor; Ph.D. candidate; Department of Sociology


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

Ana Gutierrez Ramirez

Marking Latinx Heritage Month among graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill

As a high school student, Ana Gutierrez Ramirez wanted to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but immigration policies prevented her from leaving Texas, where her family relocated after leaving her native Venezuela. Now, Gutierrez Ramirez is pursuing her … Continued

Low stone walls on the main quad at UNC-Chapel Hill

Surviving and thriving—the graduate student experience

Diversity and Student Success’s Surviving and Thriving pop-up exhibits be featured around many areas of campus.

A woman wearing a striped shirt poses for a photo

School of Nursing doctoral student selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program

A Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing has received recognition as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program participant.

Lisa Pham

Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS: Lisa Pham

First-generation graduate student Lisa Pham is motivated to pursue graduate school based on her family’s love of food and the connections that can come from sharing a meal.

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