As the nation’s first public university, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has dedicated more than 225 years to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people of North Carolina. Building and fostering a diverse community of students and scholars strengthens our educational programs, enhances the development of our students and enables us to push the boundaries of knowledge.
The Educational Benefits of Diversity (EBD) Working Group oversees and coordinates assessment of the University’s many efforts to realize the educational benefits of diversity for its students. This work entails, among other things, the broad collection and evaluation of data about the University’s progress toward achieving these benefits to inform institutional priorities and decision-making. Our efforts are deliberate, continuous and ongoing.
As emphasized in the Provost’s May 2017 Report to the Chancellor: “The University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion reflects our lived and learned experience that they yield lasting and transformational educational benefits— an understanding informed not only by a substantial and growing body of literature but also by feedback from our own students and faculty.”
This work is also critical to the success of the University’s strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. Each of the plan’s eight strategic initiatives rely on our University realizing the educational benefits of diversity to create change and to strengthen the future of our institution, the state of North Carolina and beyond.