UNC System Racial Equity Task Force

Three system-wide activities will take place during fall semester of 2020.

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The University of North Carolina System has launched a system-wide task force to “examine the legacy of race and racism in North Carolina’s public higher education system” and its impact on students, faculty, staff and communities.

UNC System surveyThe task force began meeting in July 2020 and will conduct several information-gathering activities to report findings to the Board of Governors. The purpose of the effort is to build a culture of inclusion across all of the system’s institutions through an actionable path forward.

Focus areas include student recruitment, enrollment and outcomes; employee recruitment, retention and promotion; and supporting safe, diverse and inclusive campuses and communities.

A series of activities will enable the task force to gather suggestions and feedback, meet with constituent groups and prepare a report of recommendations and action steps in order of priority to present to the UNC System president by Dec. 16, 2020.

System-Wide Racial Equity Survey

On Sep. 14, the task force launched a short survey on race, equity, and disparities that exist across the UNC System. Students, faculty and staff members of all UNC institutions are encouraged to complete the survey.

The questionnaire will ask about your experiences and perceptions at your institution related to racial diversity, equity, and inclusion. The questionnaire will take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

You can access the survey using one of the links below:

Your participation in the questionnaire is completely voluntary. You have the option to complete the questionnaire or not and you can stop completing the questionnaire at any time if you so choose.

Virtual Town Halls

On Oct. 19–30, the task force will host a series of listening sessions with students, faculty and staff to engage constituents on issues of racial equity and provide members an opportunity to share their stories.

“Share Your Ideas” Feedback Form

Available now, students, faculty and community members of all institutions can submit feedback and suggestions via Share Your Ideas. All information will be reviewed and considered by the task force, who can also be reached at RacialEquity@northcarolina.edu.

Goals of the Task Force

The task force has defined its goals as follows:

  1. Equity in the student academic experience. We’ll examine how to close equity gaps in every stage of the student experience, from recruitment through graduation.
  2. Equity-minded faculty, staff, and administrators. We’ll take a deep dive into human resources practices in the recruitment, hiring and retention of employees system-wide.
  3. Safe and inclusive campuses and communities. Building a better world that’s equitable for all starts on our campuses. We’ll work with students, faculty and staff to foster and maintain safe and supportive campuses that promote diversity, inclusion and a sense of belonging.

(Taken from the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force website.)

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