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Logo: D.E.I.R.: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research

In collaboration with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the OVCR, the Odum Institute has created a certificate program to foster a new standard of inclusion, sensitivity, and intentionality in the UNC research community.

This semester, the Odum Institute will run a pilot of The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research (DEIR) Certificate Program. Developed specifically for faculty and staff engaged in research activities, this certificate will offer participants the tools to:

  1. create and sustain conditions in research labs and workspaces that foster diversity and inclusion;
  2. address bias and inequity in the conduct of research; and
  3. enact initiatives that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the research process, from assembling research teams to dissemination research outputs.

To earn the DEIR Certificate, program participants must successfully complete a set of required core courses, plus three elective courses from a selection of DEIR-approved courses. Courses will be offered on a rotating basis each semester, with required core courses offered at least once per academic year. Courses will be scheduled with enough frequency that participants are able to complete certificate requirements in as few as two semesters. The pilot program will be open to OVCR faculty and staff, and the Odum Institute expects to have 100 graduates by the end of the year. Information on registering for the program will become available once the pilot program is complete.

For more information, please contact us at

DEIR Advisory Board

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, PhD

Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Suzanne Barbour, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School; Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics

Allison De Marco, MSW, PhD

Advanced Research Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; Equity Lead, Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work

Ashalla Freeman, PhD

Director of Diversity Affairs & IMSD, Office of Graduate Education; Diversity Consultant, Office of Inclusive Excellence

Ji-Yeon O. Jo, PhD

Director, Carolina Asia Center; Affiliate Faculty, Global Studies

Cloe Liparini

Director, Education, Community Engagement & Belonging; University Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Charlie Kurzman, PhD

Co-Director, Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies & Professor

Patricia Parker, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication; Director, Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research

Terri Phoenix, PhD

Director, UNC LGBTQ Center

Gloria Thomas, PhD

Director, Carolina Women’s Center

Elaine Westbrooks, MLIS

Vice Provost of University Libraries & University Librarian

Kathy Wood

Co-director, Diversity and Student Success, Graduate School

DEIR Planning Team

DEIR Certificate Program Manager:

Leah Massey

Administrative Support Associate, Odum Institute

DEIR Planning Team Liaison; Instructor, Race Realities:

Deborah Stroman, PhD, CLU

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior; Entrepreneur-in-residence at the American Underground

DEIR Planning Team Member:

Kasha Ely

Manager of Marketing and Media Relations, Odum Institute

DEIR Planning Team Member:

Rocky L. Riviella

Managing Director, Odum Institute

DEIR Planning Team Member:

Paul Mihas

Assistant Director for Education and Qualitative Methods, Odum Institute

DEIR Planning Team Member:

Jill Stevens

Education Coordinator, Odum Institute