Category Archive: Diversity

President Trump’s executive order on refugees

Below is an updated version of a message sent Jan. 30 to the Gillings Community in response to President Trump’s executive order. We also held a reflection session for our students, faculty and staff to provide a no-judgment space for reflection, discussion and solidarity. To the Gillings School community –… Read More

Reflections on recent tragedies; consider attending events

[Following is the text of a letter sent via email to the Gillings School community on Friday, September 23.]       Dear Gillings students, staff and faculty, I want to encourage us all to reflect on the difficult time in which we are living and what each of us can do,… Read More

A week of calamity and sadness

More deaths at the hands of police and new research reports on police use of force Last week, we watched in shock as a black man in Minnesota, Philando Castile, presumably bled to death after he’d been stopped by police for a broken taillight, and then was shot four times… Read More

Supreme Court does the right thing on race-conscious admissions

I’m relieved and so grateful that the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s protocol to consider race in admissions decisions. That doesn’t mean race should be the only cogent factor, but for university leaders who want to increase diversity in our schools–and we are among those who do–being able… Read More

In praise of diversity, inclusion and civility

It has come to my attention that a number of acts of vandalism and incivility have occurred on the campus in the wake of HB2. The Gillings School’s leaders are committed to diversity, inclusion and civility, and we do not condone discrimination or acts of intolerance. We are on record… Read More