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Diversity and Support


The Mathematics Department is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is therefore our policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status as consistent with the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct.

No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any Mathematics program or activity, including with respect to employment terms and conditions.

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For Additional Information

Katie Newhall
Associate Professor and Diversity Liaison

The Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill, AWMCH, is a registered student organization made up of undergraduate and graduate students. The goal of the chapter is to foster a sense community amongst women in mathematics and promote diversity in the mathematical sciences. Students of any gender are welcome. Information on AWMCH events and activities is distributed through its listserv. Chapter activities include:

  • Mentor Network pairing undergraduate mentees with graduate student mentors
  • Girls Talk Math – a two week summer day camp for high schoolers of an underrepresented gender in the Triangle area.
  • Public Lectures by female mathematicians
  • Social events

Are you a UNC student looking to join or more information? Check out the HeelLife pages for the undergraduate and graduate chapters.

UNC-Chapel Hill hosts a number of diversity related trainings throughout the year. Here is a selection of some of the training sessions that math department faculty and graduate students have taken part in:

  • Safe Zone: from the UNC LGBTQ+ center website, “Safe Zone is a program designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+ community.” See the Safe Zone site for more information.
  • Green Zone: from the UNC Veteran’s center website, “[Green Zone]’s goals are to train members of the Carolina community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population.” See Green Zone Training for more information.
  • HAVEN: HAVEN, Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now, “provides students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal, relationship, violence or stalking.” See Haven Training for more information.
  • Carolina FIRSTs: “As a Carolina Firsts Advocate, you will join a committed group of professionals dedicated to student success, appreciating the experiences of first-generation college students, and supporting students on their path to graduation.” See the Student Success Website for more information.
  • Mental Health First Aid: This training develops “skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.” See Mental Health First Aid for more information.

Many of these training opportunities can be found at the university event registration page.

Mental Health

The Mathematics department and the University are strongly committed to addressing the mental health needs of a diverse student body through timely access to consultation and connection to clinically appropriate services. People of every background are to be treated with respect and dignity. The professional ethics and standards of the multidisciplinary staff set a framework for understanding how facets of identity, for example, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs and socioeconomic background, impact life experience. We have an approach to mental health that integrates physical, emotional, academic, spiritual, social, and cultural well-being. In an emergency call 911.

CAPS Website
Phone: 919-966-3658

Confidential Resource: CAPS charge is to provide ambulatory primary medical care, mental health services and wellness programs along with selected specialty services.

Available for: undergraduate and graduate students (free if student fees have been paid).

ComPsych Website
Phone: 877-314-5841 – 24 hours

Confidential Resource: GuidanceResources Online is an award-winning, comprehensive, interactive service that provides expert content and unique tools to assist you in every aspect of your life, all in a secure, easy-to-use, personalized environment.

Available for: Employees

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