Seven honored for furthering diversity at UNC

Rose Brannon, a doctoral student in biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine, received a 2010 University Diversity Award for her work to enhance diversity in the school’s graduate programs and basic science departments as well as the broader University community.

Diversity honors have been awarded to seven people and groups at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 2010 University Diversity Awards recognize significant contributions to the enhancement, support and furthering of diversity on campus and in the community. The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Student Government sponsor the awards.

Carla White-Harris, director of recruitment and diversity in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the faculty award for efforts to champion diversity –
in the pharmacy school and throughout the University. She advises a group of more than 100 students who work to recruit a diverse student body.

Brenda Siler, office administrator for the Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Office, received the staff award for supporting equal opportunity and diversity at Carolina. She helps monitor the composition of search committees for diversity and advises campus departments about the recruitment or application process.

The Department of Housing and Residential Education in the Division of Student Affairs was recognized for advancing principles of multiculturalism and appreciation of differences among people and cultures. The department’s contributions include diversity training for students and staff and living-learning programs such as Unitas, in which students are assigned roommates of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Awards also went to:

  • Matthew Stevens, a junior who has worked extensively with the Interfaith Council, Multicultural Affairs Committee, Connected Learning Program and Muslim Students Association, for challenging students to question stereotypes regarding ethnicity and religion;
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, for efforts to recruit students from diverse backgrounds concerning race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, political views, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
  • Peter Kramer, an alumnus of the School of Social Work and longtime clinical social worker for children and families at a community health clinic in Hillsborough, for his work, both professionally and through volunteering, to bring diverse people together and foster understanding among different populations.

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