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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.

Recent Highlights

Melissa Lam-McCarthy standing in a field of sunflowers

Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS: Melissa Lam-McCarthy

Melissa Lam-McCarthy is a Master of Public Health student who is focused on health outcomes by way of food justice, supply chains, and access to food for people who live in both urban and rural communities.

Roberto Lagos Mondragon

Global Grads: Roberto Lagos Mondragon

Roberto Lagos Mondragon is an international student in the Department of Economics motivated by his upbringing in Honduras to better understand the interplay of prosperity and inequality in society.

Ivonne Headley

Initiative for Minority Excellence: Ivonne Headley

Ivonne Headley is a master’s degree student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she is studying nutrition. She credits La Familia with helping her build community as a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dongbo Lu

Global Grads: Dongbo Lu

Dongbo Lu is a graduate research assistant in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. 

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