The departmental Diversity & Inclusion committee was formed in 2017 and currently includes faculty of all ranks and a graduate student representative. In addition to advising on faculty hires, the committee works on a variety of projects to improve the climate in the department.

2018-2019 Initiatives

  • Carolina Diversity Post-doctoral candidate review
  • Undergraduate students: study of ECL majors and non-majors in ECL classes, including data gathering & analytics, possibly surveying/focus groups
  • Continuation of last year’s inaugural meeting for graduate students of color/indigenous graduate students with faculty
  • Support of Director of Graduate Admissions’ recruitment of new graduate students
  • Construction of D&I website content and resources
  • Hosting departmental events to discuss readings on diversity & inclusion issues
  • Hosting departmental pedagogical trainings on creating inclusive classrooms
  • Ongoing support and responsiveness on issues relating to campus historical memorials and protests


Heidi Kim

Chair & Faculty Diversity Liaison