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Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group



T­­­he Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group at the Institute of the Arts and Humanities provides support, community, and professional and leadership development for faculty of color and Indigenous faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and professional schools at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group was created in spring 2017 by Kia Caldwell (Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives 2015-2017), Mark Katz (IAH director 2014-2019), Jennifer Ho (IAH Associate Director 2016-2019), and Michele Berger (Director of the Faculty Fellowship Program, IAH, 2013-2018). The group was launched in fall 2017, with Jennifer Ho serving as the facilitator from 2017 to 2019. The group meets several times each semester. Past meetings have included faculty receptions, as well as meetings with guest speakers focused on professional and leadership topics of relevance to faculty of color and Indigenous faculty.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Michael A. Figueroa (Music), who is serving as facilitator for the group during the 2021-2022 academic year.

List of Previous Meetings

September 2017
Conversation and lunch with Dr. Patricia Matthew, Montclair State University

October 2017
Conversation with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

November 2017
Fall Kick-Off Social 

February 2018
Conversation – “#MeToo: Addressing Issues of Sexual Harassment and Supporting Student at UNC”  with guest speaker Gloria Thomas, Director, Carolina Women’s Center, UNC-Chapel Hill 

March 2018
Lunch conversation with Dean Valerie Ashby, Duke University

October 2018
Fall Kick-Off Social 

November 2018
Conversation – “When race makes students vulnerable, what can faculty do?,” facilitated by Dr. J. Michael Terry, Associate Professor, Linguistics, UNC-Chapel Hill 

November 2019
Fall Kick-Off Social

December 2019 
Conversation – “I Am Because We Are: A Focus on Inclusive Leadership,” facilitated by Dr. Dawn X. Henderson, Research Associate, UNC Center for Faculty Excellence