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Meet Ethan

Ethan Phillips (he/him/his),

Ethan Phillips serves as the Director of the Department of Student Wellness and Safety on the Cabinet of the Richards Administration.

Ethan is a junior pursuing a BSPH in Health Policy and Management and a BA in Public Policy with a minor in Chemistry. Ethan has 7 years of experience in adolescent and young-adult mental health advocacy, having founded numerous cross-sector collaborative coalitions for advancing access and quality in mental health resources with a focus in community mobilization and stakeholder engagement. At Carolina, Ethan has served on the student government Mental Health Committee and the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor for two years. At the outset of the Fall 2020 semester, Ethan was selected by Chancellor Guskiewicz to serve as one of three undergraduate representatives to the Campus and Community Advisory Committee, where he advocated for equity and wellness in planning for the Spring 2021 semester. Outside of student government, Ethan is an advocate and housing team member at the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a research assistant at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER), and an engagement manager in Consult Your Community (CYC).

Ethan’s goals for the department in the coming year are to increase access, quality, and equity in mental health resources on campus, promote student voice in conversations of safety and wellness as the pandemic draws to a close, facilitate collaborative and intersectional work across committees and subdepartments, and chart a course of impassioned advocacy for the department as a new structure within student government.