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The UNC Center for HPDP promotes equity among people of different backgrounds in the public health community. As reflected in our diversity statement and HB2 statement, we are increasing our efforts to address inequities through staff training, access to resources to reduce inequity and engaged research with under-served communities.

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Center Activities

  • Courageous Conversations, staff-led discussions about issues regarding equity in public health research, are held regularly.
  • Book club discussions often relate to topics of equity among people of all backgrounds.

Past Events

APHA Webinar Stream: Quantifying racism to understand and address health disparities
Streamed on September 7th at 2 pm in HPDP Room 236

This webinar will provide:

  • An introduction to racism and health disparities;
  • A discussion of implementation and measurement challenges in public health research;
  • A discussion of measurement of the physiologic impacts of racism on health;
  • And lessons learned from doing the work and how to overcome challenges

Recordings of these webinars can be found here:


Courageous Conversation on Soul City, NC

Resources on Soul City can be found here: The Rise and Fall of Soul City: Planning, Politics, and Race in Recent America. Soul City Film Website.


Beyond Bias is a two-part webinar series sponsored by the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) and the Within Our Lifetime Network (WOL), in partnership with The Perception Institute.  

These webinars originally aired on September 8th and 15th, 2016. Recordings can be found here: http://www.nationalcollaborative.org/beyond-bias-webinar-series/

Part I of the Beyond Bias series will take a deep look at the science of implicit bias and how it shows up in everyday life.  The session will give particular attention to the role of implicit bias in the delivery of health care services.  And will provide a brief introduction to two different — but related and equally important — phenomena:  1) racial anxiety and; 2) stereotype threat.

Part II of the Beyond Bias series will include a short introduction to the science of implicit bias (for those who missed part I). However, the major focus of part II will be a review of strategies for reducing and/or disrupting implicit bias and the related phenomena of racial anxiety and stereotype threat.




Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) Equity Resources

UNC Chapel Hill LGBT Center

UNC LGBT Center’s Values Statement

Directions to the UNC LGBT Center

List of gender neutral bathrooms on UNC’s campus

Local LGBTQ Resource Guide

Gender-Inclusive Language Tip Sheet

Racial Equity Resources

5 Reasons We Need Black-Only Spaces

Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination

Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement

Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

Tool for Organizational Self-Assessment Related to Racial Equity

Using “socially assigned race” to probe white advantages in health status

White Organizational Culture

Racial (In)Equity: An Infographic


Implicit Bias

Verna Myers: How to overcome your biases? Walk Boldly Towards them.

Test of Implicit Bias

Implicit Bias: How it affects us and how we push through – TED talk

American Denial: Implicit Bias Test

Immaculate Perception – TED talk

The Impact of Implicit Bias

Implicit bias may help explain high preschool expulsion rates for black children



Being colorblind does not offset innate advantages of white privilege

Colorblind: Rethinking Race

Mellody Hobson: Colorblind or Colorbrave

Tim Wise: Colorblind Denial & White Privilege

Trauma Informed Community Building: A Model for Strengthening Community in Trauma- Affected Neighborhoods

“Trauma is a set of normal human responses to stressful and threatening experiences (National Center for PTSD, 2007). Low-income and public housing residents may experience cumulative trauma resulting from daily stressors of violence and concentrated poverty, as well as historic and structural conditions of racism and disenfranchisement (Collins, et al., 2010). Public housing residents are over twice as likely as the general American population to suffer from gun violence (National Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD], 2000). In addition, historical trauma due to a legacy of racism, residential segregation and oppression takes its toll on residents’ emotional and physical well-being (Wilson, 1987). For many adults, children and families these conditions cause chronic stress and overwhelm residents’ abilities to cope (Marmot, 2004; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2013)”

Trauma Informed Community Development TedX by Rev. Paul Abernathy




REI Trainings

These two-day trainings help to provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism. Organizations are often working in very intentionally civil ways yet operating from multiple understandings that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion than facts about racism. This creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes.

For questions please contact these HPDP staff who have attended these trainings: Entire SNAP-Ed Team (contract Molly De Marco), Anne Cole.

Safe Zone Trainings

The goals of these trainings is to gain a deeper awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied (LGBTIQA) students, an increased comfort level in addressing concepts and language regarding LGBTIQA communities with the university community and with individuals, an increased awareness of services on campus that support LGBTIQ and allied individuals, and build a network of community and campus staff, faculty, and students to support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions on campus.

For questions please contact this HPDP staff member who has attended these trainings: Molly De Marco

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and addiction problems, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and identifies common supports. This 8-hour course uses skills practice and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health or substance use crisis through a 5-step action plan, with the ultimate goal to connect persons to appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Participants are introduced to local and national mental health resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support.

For questions please contact this HPDP staff member who has attended these trainings: Daniella Uslan, Meg Duffy, Maryka Lier



Wheat Money by Kristl Tyler

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy



Showing Up for Racial Justice – Triangle (SURJ) http://www.trianglesurj.org/

SisterSONG http://sistersong.net/


UNC-CH and North Carolina Racial History

Black and Blue Tour with Robert Porter – A distinctive walking tour on the African-American history of the University, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Black and Blue tour hopes to contribute to a real understanding of our African American past as we build a better Carolina and work to create a fuller perspective on our University’s history. Our guide, Robert Porter, has over thirty years of experience as a lecturer for UNC’s department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, winning numerous teaching awards. He remains passionate about his interests in history, public history, and African-American history, all of which go back to his grade school days.

Tours are offered each Friday and begin at 3 pm from UNC Visitors’ Center.  To reserve your space, please email us at uncvisitorscenter@unc.edu.

Carolina Hall Story 

In 1922, UNC’s Board of Trustees honored alumnus William Laurence Saunders by naming a new classroom building for him. The board cited his service in the Confederate army; his contributions as a journalist, politician, historian, and fellow trustee; and his leadership of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina during the post-Civil War years of Reconstruction.

In 2015, the trustees withdrew that honor and renamed the building Carolina Hall. They did so on grounds that their predecessors had made a grave error in celebrating Saunders as the head of a “violent terrorist organization.”

Removing Saunders’ name was a vital step toward righting that error, but there is more to be done. Carolina Hall is a place of scholarship and learning. It has been home to the departments of History, Economics, Commerce, Rural Social Science, Sociology, Public Welfare, English, Germanic Languages, Dramatic Art, Geography, and Religious Studies. Generations of students have gathered in the building to learn about the past, grapple with contemporary problems, and prepare for responsible citizenship. The story told here is part of that work. It invites a frank examination of our past and points to the value of historical study in making a better university for today and tomorrow.


John (Yonni) Chapman’s Dissertation: “Black Freedom and the University of North Carolina, 1793-1960”



Wilmington on Fire documentary on the race riots



Land Loss Prevention Project

Black Farm Loss:_Exec Summary

Black Farm Loss: Needs Assessment Report




About Race

Code Switch


Visual Media

Unnatural Causes (documentary series)

The Race Card Project by Michele Norris