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The Institute for the Arts and Humanities initiatives address the budding interests of Carolina faculty and create space for newly formed groups to come together and share resources. Community is at the core of the Institute’s work, and our initiatives aim to foster a diverse and affirming culture that develops UNC faculty through collaboration.


Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Working Group


Statement from Members of the UNC-CH Faculty of Color/Indigenous Faculty Group on Faculty Governance

We have noted, with concern, media reports about attempts to usurp and replace our University’s Chancellor, Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, the undersigned members strongly oppose any efforts to remove our campus leader, without any input, whatsoever, from faculty, staff, students and other members of the Carolina community.

Read the full signed FOCIF Statement on Governance from July 14, 2021.



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.


How to join

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