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Guskiewicz schedules campus forums to discuss diversity and inclusion

Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Provost Robert A. Blouin will host three forums to discuss the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Kevin Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor and Bob Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost lead a discussion titles "Connecting Carolina’s Strategic Plan to the Power of Voice" during UNC's 7th annual Diversity THINKposium. This year’s theme, Voice, addresses how we use our voices to contribute to the sense of belonging for, and the retention and engagement of, all stakeholders at Carolina. Held at the Friday Center Wednesday September 4, 2019. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin will host three community building forums over the next month to discuss the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals and reimagine the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

  • 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 23, Freedom Forum in Carroll Hall (register here)
  • 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 2, University Room in Hyde Hall (register here)
  • 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 10, Toy Lounge in Dey Hall (register here)

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“Last week, Provost Bob Blouin and I participated in the seventh annual THINKposium event, hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion. We were encouraged by the passion and compassion in the room and grateful for the thoughtful questions and comments from community members,” Guskiewicz wrote in a Sept. 9 campus email.

“As we emphasized in our panel discussion, and as I noted in my message to the campus last month, building our community together is the first priority in the next phase of the University’s strategic plan. A more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment fosters an ecosystem in which we all can thrive.”

Guskiewicz encouraged faculty, staff and students to register for the forums and asked that they prepare for them by considering the following questions:

  • What should the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals be?
  • What are some strategies to ensure we meet these goals?
  • What services, tools or supports would you find helpful to meet our diversity, equity and inclusion goals?
  • How do we advance diversity, equity and inclusion in schools and units across campus?
  • What are some first steps we can take to “build our community together”?

Those who are not able to attend the forums may submit their responses to these questions through a survey here.

“We often talk about Carolina as being a place of low stone walls, a nod to both the physical traits of our campus and to the culture of collaboration that has fostered excellence here for so long. But we cannot become the leading global, public research university if we are not a place in which all members of our community feel a sense of belonging. In building our community together, everyone has an important part to play, and I thank you in advance for helping us,” Guskiewicz wrote.