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UNC: Receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

The leadership of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health is proud to receive the 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to inclusive excellence. Faculty, staff and students have worked since the School’s founding to advance health equity, and diversity and inclusion are a central part of that mission.

Two signature programs distinguish the School’s historical commitment to inclusive excellence. The Minority Health Conference, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, is the largest and longest running student-led health conference in the country. The event seeks to raise awareness around health disparities and to mobilize coalitions of students, community members and academics to take action for change. The Gillings School also has hosted the National Health Equity Research Webcast for 25 years, covering topics such as structural racism, toxic stress and the school to prison pipeline.

“We are truly excited to be recognized for our efforts with the prestigious Health Professions HEED award,” said Dr. Kauline Cipriani, assistant dean for inclusive excellence. “It is a testament to our willingness to have difficult conversations and to examine ourselves and our processes in order to eliminate inequities and broaden access.”

The Gillings School welcomed Cipriani in February 2018. Since her arrival, the School has launched an ambitious Inclusive Excellence Action Plan and an Inclusive Excellence Advisory Council. Inclusive excellence trainings are now required for all new employees, and a new Master of Public Health concentration on Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights was introduced in fall 2018.

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