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Meet Anu

Anu Joy (she/her/hers), usgdei@unc.edu

Anu Joy serves as the Director of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on the Cabinet of the Richards Administration.

Anu is a senior from Morrisville, NC, double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Education. Anu is extremely passionate about equity in education policy, focusing on achieving racial and socioeconomic equity in the educational realm. On campus, she is involved in Tar Heel Outreach Program as the Volunteers and Tours Chair and serves as Co-Captain of UNC Ek Taal—UNC’s nationally competitive Indian Classical dance team. She has been involved in the Executive Branch of Undergraduate Student Government for the past two years as a member of the Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach Committee.
Anu’s goals for the upcoming year center around working towards making Carolina a more inclusive and representative environment for students of minority groups on campus. She hopes to collaborate with minority-serving organizations to advocate for student needs and promote equitable representation and policies within student-facing services.

Assistant Directors

Meet Salena

Salena Braye-Bulls, sfbraye@live.unc.edu

Salena Braye-Bulls serves as the Assistant Director of Basic Needs and Affordability as part of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Richards Administration.

Salena Braye-Bulls is a junior from Tuskegee, Alabama, majoring in Public Policy and Geography, and minoring in African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies. She is passionate about improving rural communities’ access to crucial resources and advocating for marginalized students’ needs. Salena is also dedicated to making UNC and the world at-large more equitable places. Salena is a staff writer for BSM’s Black Ink Magazine, the Political Activism Committee Chair for UNC’s NAACP Chapter, and a Will Fellow through Honors Carolina.

As the Assistant Director of Basic Needs and Affordability in the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she aims to promote accessibility of course material, financial aid, and other resources in an equitable manner for all students.

Meet Austin

Austin Tyner, austinct@live.unc.edu

Austin Tyner serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Accessibility and Disability Services as part of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Richards Administration.

Austin is a senior from Richmond VA, majoring in English and Comparative Literature with a concentration in Social Justice & Literature. She is a self-advocate and one of the Co-Chairs of the Disability Advocacy Committee through the Campus Y.

As the Assistant Director of Campus Accessibility and Disability Services in the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Austin’s goals for the year include engaging in harm mitigation with UNC’s disabled community in the wake of COVID-19, promoting accessibility and the continuity of online learning, educating others on anti-ableist work, and bringing voices of the disabled community into student government.

Meet Abigail

Abigail Adams, abigrose@email.unc.edu

Abigail Adams serves as the Assistant Director of Interfaith and Religion as part of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Richards Administration.

Abigail is a sophomore from Charlotte, NC, majoring in Political Science. On campus, she is involved in UNC Hillel as Education Chair, UNC Institute of Politics as a member of the Communications Team, her Jewish-interest sorority Sigma Rho Lambda as the Multicultural Greek Council Representative, and as President of Heels for Israel. She will also serve as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow during the 2021-2022 school year with UNC’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion. She has been involved with Student Government for the past year as a member of the Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Outreach committee.

As the Assistant Director of Interfaith and Religion, Abigail’s goals for the upcoming year include creating a better relationship between Student Government and marginalized religious students/students of marginalized religions.

Meet Kenza

Kenza Slaoui, kenzaslaoui@unc.edu

Kenza Slaoui serves as the Assistant Director of International Students and Immigrant Support as part of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Richards Administration.

Kenza is a sophomore from Fez, Morocco majoring in Statistics and Analytics and minoring in Public Policy. On campus, she has been involved with the Campus Y and is currently serving as its Director of Finance. She has also been involved in the Executive Branch for the past year and has worked within the Academic Affairs Committee and the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award Committee.

As the Assistant Director of International Students and Immigrant Support in the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kenza’s goals for the year include working with ISSS and international student organizations to better support the academic and emotional needs of international students, as well as advocating for immigrant students.

Meet Righteous

Righteous Keitt, rkeitt@live.unc.edu

Righteous Keitt serves as the Assistant Director of Research and Innovation as part of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Richards Administration.

Righteous Keitt is a junior from Charlotte, NC, double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. He previously served as a policy advisor in the Lamar Richards campaign for Student Body President and now serves as the Assistant Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

His goals for this year are to establish an admissions recruitment initiative catered to Black and LatinX males, increase access to internship and employment opportunities to marginalized students, expand academic resources allotted to underrepresented students, and improve the retention rates amongst Black males on-campus.

Meet Nikalus

Nikalus Ward, nikalus@live.unc.edu

Nikalus Ward serves as the Assistant Director of Sexuality and Gender Inclusion as part of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Richards Administration.

Nikalus Ward is a junior from Marion, North Carolina, majoring in Environmental Sciences with a Sustainability Track. He served as an Executive Assistant in the Chief of Staff’s Office his first two years at Carolina.

As the Assistant Director for Sexuality and Gender Inclusion, Nikalus’s goals for the year include supporting the UNC LGBTQ Center, bringing student organizations together, and setting a strong precedent for the first Executive Branch position dedicated to LGBTQ representation.


Department Initiatives for the Richards Administration

Basic Needs and Affordability

  • Main Goal: Through Basic Needs and Affordability policy, we are striving to address rising and increasingly unaffordable costs of lecture, lab and other academic supplies. 
  • Highlighted Project: Working to establish an aid fund to monetarily support students in need so that they can access their necessary course materials.

Campus Accessibility and Disability Services

  • Main Goal: Within the policy area of Campus Accessibility and Disability Services, we aim to make Carolina’s campus accessible for all students, and uplift the needs of those on campus with disabilities, to make the college experience equitable for all.
  • Highlighted Project: Creating a guide of accessibility rankings for all spaces on campus to supply students with information on what buildings they can utilize.

Interfaith and Religion

  • Main Goal: Within the policy area of Interfaith and Religion, we aim to increase collaboration among various faith-based organizations and advocate for the needs of minority religious groups in University policies. 
  • Highlighted Project: Working with University administration to ensure that all academic calendars are inclusive surrounding religious holidays and that the religious excuse forms be made more accessible.

International Students and Immigrant Support

  • Main Goal: Within the policy area of International Students and Immigrant Support, we aim to include and represent the voices of International, undocumented, and immigrant students in policy and decision making spaces at UNC in order to increase the support provided for these groups and holistically improve their experience at the university.
  • Highlighted Project: Working with University administration and student organizations to design a welcoming event for incoming first-year international students and providing academic, professional and social support to international and immigrant students throughout the year to facilitate their integration.

Racial Equity and Inclusion

  • Main Goal: Within the policy area of Racial Equity and Inclusion, we aim to foster a space of collaboration among student groups that serve marginalized communities, as well as advocate for the representation of racial minorities in decision-making spaces and equitable university policies.
  • Highlighted Project: We plan to host monthly forums with the leaders of minority-based student organizations on campus to act as a space of inter-group collaboration and give informed opinions on the policies being created by the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Sexuality and Gender Inclusion

  • Main Goal: Within the policy area of Sexuality and Gender Inclusion, we hope to bring more resources to LGBTQ advocacy groups and student orgs to better represent the needs of students, uplifting the voices of LGBTQ-identifying students. 
  • Highlighted Project: Working with the UNC Development office to secure designated and comprehensive funding that is comparable to the LGBTQ Centers at peer institutions.