Diversity at UNC Asheville
At UNC Asheville, diversity means creating and supporting an inclusive and sustainable community, one in which people of all backgrounds interact respectfully and in which each member is valued.
To reach this goal requires that we enhance the range of human diversity on campus, including but not limited to dimensions such as race and ethnicity, age, religion, disability, socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, national origin, culture and ideological beliefs.
Preliminary Spring 2014 Enrollment Reports
Diversity Action Council (DAC)
The Diversity Action Council at UNC Asheville was established in 2008 to address and promote diversity on campus. The DAC aims to create a holistic and specific definition of diversity that targets our responsibility in relation to underrepresented groups, as well as to develop specific student, faculty, and staff recruitment plans to meet those responsibilities.
What is Diversity at UNC Asheville?
I. Statement of Principles
UNC Asheville must prepare students to live and grow in a diverse world. We must provide our students, faculty, and staff with rich opportunities to engage with one another. We must recruit, enroll, hire, retain, and support underrepresented students, faculty, and staff in order to enhance our environment for learning and exchange. We want our campus to reflect the demography of our region and state. Thus, diversity must be integral to the UNC Asheville experience. We believe:
- Diversity is basic to a free society.
- Diversity is a matter of form as well as content.
- Diversity opposes coercive assimilation.
- The idea of diversity changes and requires continual review.
- The achievement of diversity is difficult; it takes practice and requires skill.
At UNC Asheville, diversity means creating and supporting an inclusive and sustainable community, one in which people of all backgrounds interact respectfully and in which each member is valued. To reach this goal requires that we enhance the range of human diversity on campus, including but not limited to dimensions such as race and ethnicity, age, religion, disability, socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, national origin, culture and ideological beliefs.
We seek to examine and transform university structures, policies, and practices that reinforce privilege and advantage. We recognize that every member of our community has a role in creating a culture of inclusion.
By so doing, we prepare human beings to live in a diverse world. To navigate in such a world, we must have the capacity to empathize, to exercise patience, to encourage active listening, and to develop authentic relationships with people who are different from ourselves.
UNC Asheville is a community committed to intellectual growth for all participants and we value honest discourse. We realize that these efforts may sometimes become tense or difficult; nevertheless, UNC Asheville will be a safe place for all. Everyone in this community must act responsibly to achieve this goal.
Our thanks to all of you who have sent feedback and ideas on diversity at UNC Asheville. This definition, now considered to be in its finished form, is nevertheless dynamic and subject to review and change as our work on campus proceeds. As always, we would be happy to hear from you concerning any aspect of this work. Comments?
Create a holistic and specific definition of diversity that targets our responsibility in relation to underrepresented groups. Develop specific student, faculty, and staff recruitment plans to meet those responsibilities.
Goal 4.2.5 - Increase educational attainment of under represented populations
Multicultural Student Programs
Lunch-n-Learn Series is a forum that provides an informal environment for students to engage with fellow students, faculty/staff, and community members. Guest speakers present on based on their personal and professional multicultural experiences. The goal is to increase opportunities for our students to experience more diverse views and cultures, rich discussions, and openness.
Lunch-n-Learn Series will be scheduled every third Tuesday of the month in the fall and spring semester. These events are provided at no cost to attendees, but attendees should bring their own lunch. All Lunch-n-Learns start at 12:30 p.m. in the Intercultural Center (HIG 114) unless noted otherwise (please check the Multicultural Student Programs calendar for the latest information).
2014 Lunch-n-Learn Dates
- Tuesday, February 11: Ain't I a Woman
In the height of reality television popularity, we have witnessed the effects of the media’s portrayal of women of color (Capers, Rawlinson, & Sims, 2013). We will discuss how these portrayals affect our female students of color here at UNC Asheville. This Lunch-n-Learn will be facilitated by Mirlesna Azor, Community Director (Residential Education).
- Tuesday, February 18: My Brother's Keeper - Understanding the Voice of UNC Asheville’s Black Males
Join together for this powerful panel discussion on the student experiences of Black males on UNC Asheville’s campus. Black male students will have the opportunity to express what their experiences have been like at UNC Asheville. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this great discussion.
Watch-n-Learn Series provide students, faculty, and the community opportunities to engage in a diverse range of films that addresses many topics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religious affiliations. Additionally, the Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs will pick films that are relevant to specific heritage months.
Watch-n-Learn Series will be scheduled every third Thursday of the month in the fall and spring semester in the Grotto or the Intercultural Center (Highsmith Union).
This event will be free. All Watch-n-Learn's start at 6:30 p.m. in the Grotto.
2014 Watch-n-Learn Dates
- Thursday, January 30: Selma, Lord Selma (1999)
Selma, Lord, Selma is a 1999 American film based on true events that happened in March 1965, known as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.
In 1965 Alabama, Sheyann Webb, an 11-year-old-girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery.
- Thursday, February 20: 4 Little Girls (1997)This fascinating 1997 documentary tells the story of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a historic African American church in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Spike Lee.
The film recounts the people and events leading up to the one of the most despicable hate-crimes during the height of the civil-rights movement, the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In that attack, four little African-American girls lost their lives and a nation was simultaneously revolted, angered and galvanized to push the fight for equality and justice on.
- Thursday, March 20: The Help (2011)
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
- Thursday, April 10: Transamerica (2005)
A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.
- Thursday, April 17: The Color of Fear (1994)
Eight North American men, two African American, two Latinos, two Asian American and two Caucasian were gathered by director Lee Mun Wah, for a dialog about the state of race relations in America as seen through their eyes. The exchanges are sometimes dramatic, and put in plain light the pain caused by racism in North America.
For more information on Workshops and Dialogues
Dr. Dahlia Hylton
, Assistant Director, Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs
Highsmith Union, RM 114, 828.251.6577