University of North Carolina Wilmington & Diversity
Published: Jun 22, 2017
The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s longstanding Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. OIDI reports directly to the Office of the Chancellor and focuses on increasing awareness of diversity and inclusion efforts that touch all facets of campus.
UNCW’s mission statement highlights our values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. Attracting and retaining high-quality, diverse students, faculty and staff and promoting a diverse and inclusive culture and global mindset are among the priorities outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan.
These priorities are realized through intentional programming and resources such as required coursework, “Living in Our Diverse Nation,” a component of the University Studies program that provides students with an understanding of the importance and implications of human diversity.
OIDI provides leadership, partnership and support for diversity initiatives on campus as well as a number of learning opportunities through various resources, including the Upperman African American Cultural Center; Centro Hispano; the LGBTQIA Resource Office; the Women’s Studies and Resource Center; Human Resources; Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week; the Disabilities Resource Center and the Office of Military Affairs. UNCW was recognized by the Education Trust as one of the top eight performers out of more than 240 universities successfully closing the graduation gap between white and underrepresented minority groups in the time span between 2003 and 2013.
We track our progress with a variety of ongoing student and employee surveys aimed to evaluate engagement and inclusion at multiple levels and use the data to make changes where appropriate. Most recently, the Office of the Chancellor initiated a broad-based Campus Climate Work Group that regularly reports on the development of various initiatives specifically to re-imagine our campus climate and ensure we are making consistent progress toward our diversity goals.