Initiatives + Events

Many of the initiatives and events happening at UNC Charlotte are guided by the stories and lived experiences of our campus and surrounding communities. These offerings are designed to leverage our existing diversity to enrich education and engagement experiences for campus students and employees. To learn more about the growing number of initiatives at UNC Charlotte, we invite you to explore the Campus DEI Inventory (below). Check out our campus cultural events or list of ODI signature initiatives (coming soon) in you are interested in participating. ALL are welcomed!

Campus Cultural Events

ODI Signature Initiatives


The Campus DEI Inventory is a searchable database of all diversity, equity, and inclusion centered initiatives throughout campus. As this database continues to grow, we invite you to help us keep it up-to-date. If you know of an initiative that is not listed, please click the SUBMIT OR UPDATE YOUR DEI INITIATIVES button below and complete the form. Thank you for your commitment to inclusive excellence.

Submit or Update Your DEI Initiatives

Creating Inclusive Field Placements

The Field Office will hold a workshop for current field instructors/task supervisors in March 2022. This workshop will focus on how field settings can develop inclusive field experiences. The workshop is hosted in collaboration with the Office of Identity, Equity,...

Creation of Disability Theatre Corse

I created a new course, Disability Theatre, that focuses the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities as they try to become fully engaged in the discipline of theatre. Goals include: students will investigate how those with disabilities are portrayed in...

Cultural Ambassadors

The Cultural Ambassadors program provides international students with an opportunity to educate UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff about their culture and experience as international students in the US. UNC Charlotte faculty (staff are also eligible) request...

Culturally Aware Mentoring

We are adding a module to the faculty mentor training, which focuses on creating culturally aware mentors.

Culturally Relevant Assessment

Our efforts are focused on supporting efforts to close educational equity gaps in assignment types, which contribute to class grades. This is an important element in closing gaps in college completion for all students. Our method is to conduct a semester-by...

Culturally Sustaining Teaching Certificate

A certificate program offered and administered by the School of Professional Studies. The certificate program addresses unconscious bias in the classroom and is delivered in partnership with UNC Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative and the Department of Middle,...

Dave Brubeck and the Performance of Whiteness

How can we—historians, writers, musicians, audiences—understand the legacy and impact of a musician like Dave Brubeck? It is undeniable that Brubeck leveraged his fame as a jazz musician and status as a composer for social justice causes, and in doing so, held to a...

Dean's Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Faculty and staff are recognized for displaying an exceptional commitment to fostering an inclusive environment in which diversity is understood, valued, respected and supported through the Dean's Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Individual and...

DEI Committee

The DEI Committee works to develop staff through education around topics of DEI. The committee provides professional development opportunites that span different areas of this topic. The committee is led by different staff from year to year.

DEI Summer Bookclub

This initiative aims to focus on various diversity-related themes by choosing a book and gathering for a small group discussion. Last summer we gathered in the botanical garden.

DEI Summer Camp for Kids

Summer camps that focus on DEI topics, including Diversity Around the World Camp and Cultural Culinary Camp

Disability at Work

To bring awareness to topics related to Disability at Work by having a week of Career Meet Ups led by employers, some that have disabilities themselves. Disability Drop In Hours will also be available for students to ask questions about disability related topics. A...

Disability Office Hours

Ever had a question about disability but felt too uncomfortable to ask? Disability Discussions is a brief 15 minute drop in where you can ask questions (of any sorts) in a non-judgemental environment.

Discussing Diversity: A Place to Begin

Virtual diversity discussion focusing on suggestions, tips and ideas for talking to children and family members about diversity. By the end of the panel discussion, attendees will have insight into how to bring up the importance of diversity with their own family or...


DiSC® is a personal assessment tool used by more than one million people every year to help improve teamwork, communication, and productivity in the workplace. The DiSC® model provides a common language people can use to better understand themselves and those they...

Diverse Student Experiences Project

In partnership with ICARE and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, the Diverse Student Experiences Project is led by Dr. Sonyia Richardson, Professor Roger Suclupe and Leigh Norwood. The purpose of this project is (1) to intentionally build...