Diversity Initiatives

CGLL Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives​


  • Affinity Lunch Series:  Each month, join us for an hour of casual conversation and networking organized around particular affinity groups. We align these lunches with the heritage awareness months. The main goal of the Affinity Lunch Series is to increase your connections and provide networking opportunities. We also want to hear from you to help us identify the challenges that your community is facing in graduate education at UNCC. Visit our calendar to register for this month's Affinity Lunch.
  • New Graduate Student of Color Welcome - Each fall we provide a special welcome event for students of color that includes words of welcome from our deans, a panel of continuing students, and networking. 
  • New LGBTQ+ Grad Student Welcome - Each fall we invite new LGBTQ+ students and allies to meet and mingle and get important information and resources for a successful graduate school journey. 
  • Global Niner Graduate Assistant: In addition to creating, supporting, and promoting programming to support the specific needs of international graduate students, the Global Niner GA works on initiatives aimed at bringing together diverse students for intercultural exchange and learning. 
  • International Graduate Student Career Workshop Series: Each semester, the Center for Graduate Life and Learning collaborates with the University Career Center for a series of career workshops that address specific challenges faced by international students in the job search process. Register for IGS workshops via our calendar.
  • GRAD 6000/8000 | Topics on Diversity and Inclusion | 2.0 credits: The objective of this course is to explore diversity and inclusion from various multi-disciplinary perspectives. Diversity is often equated with a disciplinary view rooted in social justice. Yet, over the last few years research in diversity has demonstrated numerous disciplinary-specific points of view. Groups with more diversity perform better than other groups. Companies with a diverse employee base tend to produce better financially. These various discipline-specific findings provide a strong case for why diversity matters. Given the value of diversity, how do we build organizations and systems that are inclusive?

  • GRAD 6000/8000 | Navigating Graduate School as a First Generation Scholar: This 2-credit elective course will help graduate students identify and define how their identities, experiences, and skills can be leveraged to progress through the potentially challenging and isolating environment of graduate life.

  • How to Write a Diversity Statement for an Academic Job Application: This workshop is held every semester and helps participants learn how to prepare this increasingly common and critical component of the academic job application process.