Our Yearly Progress


Niner Nation donationsThroughout the year, we will provide you with updates on DEI progress made by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and throughout UNC Charlotte. These updates will focus on key areas aligned with our dimensions of inclusive excellence—institutional access and success, campus climate and culture, education and scholarship, institutional infrastructure, communication and shared language, and community engagement. Our progress grounds our work as a natural development in UNC Charlotte’s inclusive excellence journey; creates a high-level view of our institution’s highlights; and represents our responsiveness to stakeholder input and intentionality toward achieving our DEI priorities.

Do you know of anyone who is advancing inclusive excellence at UNC Charlotte? If so, share the good news and let us know!

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  • 1965: UNC Charlotte founder, Dr. Bonnie Cone, created the United Religious Ministry, housed within Office of Religious Affairs 
  • 1969: Black Studies Committee, chaired by then newly hired English professor Ann Carver was established 
  • 1971: Ann Carver and Bertha Maxwell (Maxwell-Roddey) helped establish the Black Studies Program–now known as the Department of Africana Studies
  • 1971: Bertha Maxwell-Roddey, UNC Charlotte’s first Black administrator becomes the founding director of UNC Charlotte’s Black Studies Program 
  • 1986: Dr. Herman Thomas started University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP) which is one of the institution’s earliest academic support efforts specifically for minority students 
  • 1987: Student Advising for Freshman Excellence (SAFE) program, a peer mentoring program for first year students, was established within the Division of Student Affairs 
  • 1993: The Council on University Community (COUC) was established 
  • 1993: COUC develops the “Rationale for Developing a Multicultural Campus” 
  • 1994: COUC develops a statement on “Valuing Diversity at UNC Charlotte” 
  • 1995: Office of Minority Academic Services (now known as Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion) was developed
  • 1996: Former UNC Charlotte student, Joseph Toomer developed a proposal for what would later become the Multicultural Resource Center
  • 1997: United Religious Ministry was changed to Inter-Religious Council
  • 2006: Former Chancellor Phil Dubois launched the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund 
  • 2007: UNC Charlotte presented its first Minority Presence Report 
  • 2008: COUC released the first Plan for Campus Diversity, Access, and Inclusion 
  • 2013: ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office (FADO) was created by Provost Lorden and led by Dr. Yvette Huet 
  • 2016: COUC released its second Plan for Campus Diversity, Access, and Inclusion 
  • 2016: Bias Assessment Response Team (BART) was formed 
  • 2017: Provost Lorden established the Council on University Community Working Group (CUCWG), a 29 member group led by Dr. Chance Lewis 
  • 2017: Peace Haven developed as an interfaith space for prayer and private reflection 
  • 2018: Multicultural Resource Center became the Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement 
  • 2019: Lavender Lounge developed as a physical space for LGBTQ+ students 
  • Dr. Sharon Gaber becomes the University’s first female chancellor

  • The Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium, composed of a partnership between Central Piedmont Community College, Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Campus, Queens University of Charlotte, and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte was selected by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) as a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center.

  • Chancellor Gaber appoints UNC Charlotte Professor Cheryl Waites Spellman to serve as interim special assistant to the chancellor for diversity and inclusion

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched in October 2020

  • UNC Charlotte recognized as the #1 in the state in awarding degrees to Latinx students

  • UNC Charlotte recognized as #4 in mathematics, #8 in physical sciences, and #14 in computing as it relates to graduating African American students with a bachelor’s degree 

  • In North Carolina, UNC Charlotte was also acknowledged as #1 in mathematics, #2 in computing, #2 in physical sciences, #3 in engineering, and #5 in biology for African American bachelor’s degree completion as well.