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Diversity & Student Success Featured Scholars

Explore participant scholars from all the DSS initiatives.

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Amy Wright

    Amy Wright is a second-year master’s student in the School of Social Work. They also serve as a social work coordinator for the Student Health Action Coalition free health clinic and the social work student representative on the Student Executive Committee for the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice. Amy received their undergraduate degree from ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Kemal Ozalp

    Global Grads Featured Scholar - Kemal Ozalp

    Kemal Ozalp, a doctoral student in biology, is from Istanbul, Turkey, and received his bachelor’s degree from Yildiz Technical University and a master’s degree from Istanbul Technical University. He says he is planning for a career in which the university and private sectors figure prominently and his scientific discoveries can become products. “Even though the ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence-Xavier Bonner

    Initiative for Minority Excellence-Xavier Bonner

    Xavier Bonner is a doctoral student in biochemistry and biophysics. While an undergraduate student at Morehouse College, he participated in a research program co-sponsored by the Biophysical Society and UNC-Chapel Hill. “This experience not only cemented my dedication to attaining a Ph.D. in biochemistry but also developed my passion for solving problems we face in ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Michael Bressler

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Michael Bressler

    Michael Bressler is a dual degree master’s degree student within social work and public health. He plans to graduate at the end of this semester “with two master’s degrees and a world full of opportunities.” After serving for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Caitilin McMillan

    Global Grads Featured Scholar – Caitilin McMillan

    Caitilin McMillan is a Rotary Peace Fellow and doctoral student in geography. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, leading to a joint degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on peacebuilding with justice and, in particular, enhancing how psychosocial needs and trauma are addressed in communities affected ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Stephanie Betancur

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Stephanie Betancur

    Stephanie Betancur, a doctoral student in nursing, was born in Medellin, Colombia. She is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Predoctoral Training Grant and is an inpatient registered nurse in the UNC Bone Marrow Transplant unit. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill and was selected for ...

  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar – Janelle Viera

    Initiative for Minority Excellence Featured Scholar - Janelle Viera

    Janelle Viera is a doctoral candidate in sociology whose research “focuses on race, ethnicity, migration and social mobility, primarily among Latinxs in the United States,” she says. She is originally from Queens, N.Y., and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College. While a graduate assistant within The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel ...

  • Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar – Arik Tashie

    Military-Affiliated Grads Featured Scholar - Arik Tashie

    Arik Tashie, a doctoral student in geological sciences, studies how climate change and landscape modification can alter the flow of water resources. His work has implications for predicting floods and determining water policy. Tashie served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2006 to 2008. “My military background gave me the tools and ...

  • Global Grads Featured Scholar – Minoo Emami

    Global Grads Featured Scholar – Minoo Emami

    Minoo Emami is a master of fine arts student within studio art. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree and a certificate in graphic design from Tufts University. Emami’s work incorporates her experiences of growing up in Tehran, Iran, during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). She specializes in drawings, sculpture, paintings, and photography, and has ...

  • Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Criss Guy

    Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Featured Scholar – Criss Guy

    Criss Guy is a second-year master’s student in information science and a Carolina Academic Library Associate (CALA) for the University Libraries. In his CALA role, he supports research and instruction efforts for the Undergraduate Library and Wilson Special Collections Library. He also serves as a leadership liaison for the Community Workshop Series, an organization that ...