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The Graduate School program and other award recipients will be honored at the Diversity Awards Ceremony, to be held on April 29.

The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program staff stands in front of The Graduate Student Center on campus.
The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success Program staff. From left: Brionca Taylor, Diamond Holloman, Kathy Wood, Teresa Phan, Samuel Baxter, Maria Erb, and Joanna Ramirez.

The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success, a program supporting both individual graduate students and a diverse and inclusive campus community, has received a 2019 Diversity Award for intergroup collaboration from the UNC-Chapel Hill Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Diversity and Student Success (DSS) and the other honorees will be recognized at the Diversity Awards Ceremony on April 29. RSVPs for the event will be accepted up to April 22.

Since its official launch in September 2014, DSS has grown to include five initiatives for graduate students campus-wide: Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS, Global Grads, the Initiative for Minority Excellence, Military-Affiliated Grads and Queer Graduate and Professional Students.

Additionally, the program’s annual Summer Undergraduate Pipeline works with summer undergraduate research programs across UNC-Chapel Hill to provide information and experiences supporting undergraduates’ interest in graduate education.

“Working to increase the diversity of our faculty, staff and student population is one of the signature initiatives of our time. The Graduate School implemented its Diversity and Student Success program five years ago to help achieve that goal,” said Steve Matson, dean of The Graduate School. “I am proud of their accomplishments, and of the accomplishments yet to come. I am delighted to see our colleagues recognized for their tremendous efforts and dedication to our students.”

Co-directors Kathy Wood and Maria Erb have said they are inspired by the importance graduate students place on creating community and on learning from the perspectives of other students.

Mariel Marshall, a master’s degree student in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, also received a 2019 Diversity Award in the graduate/professional student category.

View all 2019 Diversity Award honorees.

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