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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Richards Administrations strives to build an inclusive community which empowers and supports all of Carolina’s diverse community.  To do this, the Richards Administration seeks to uplift marginalized communities by providing them with support and resources that can help ensure collective success.  

  • Increasing Enrollment and Retention Rate of Marginalized Students, especially students of color (which an emphasis on Black males). 
  • Establishing comprehensive resources for low-income students seeking internships and employment opportunities. 
  • Removing systemic barriers that prevent marginalized students from succeeding at the University. 
  • Increasing support of the LGBTQ and Non-Binary communities while providing opportunities for sexual identity awareness and gender inclusive practices across campus.  
  • Fostering space of collaboration among student groups that serve marginalized communities. 
  • Increasing support for immigrant and international students at Carolina. 
  • Re-structuring student government to allow for more diverse student involvement, to foster trust with communities of color, and to ensure transparent communication. 
  • Working to address inaccessibility of physical spaces and building on-campus.
  • Reforming online education experience to be more accessible for disabled students and work with Accessibility Resources & Service (ARS) to better address needs of disabled students and make the registration process easier and more effective. 

Emotional Wellness, Mental Health, and Student Well-Being

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought attention to the importance of student well-being which encompasses physical health, but also emotional wellness and student mental health.  The Richards Administration seeks to provide student-centered leadership which aims to modify existing structures such as CAPS to best support the population as well as increase student awareness about mental health, with an emphasis in marginalized communities. 

  • Formalizing peer support and outreach programs to address lacking trust in counseling services among underrepresented students.
  • Expanding service offerings on CAPS to include  more longitudinal and long-term care options, especially during the summer.
  • Working to better incorporate student voices into decision-making centering around Campus Health and eliminate economic barriers for students seeking health services. 
  • Educating the campus community of issues that impact mental health and emotional wellness and circulate quality information about available resources for student use, especially information targeting marginalized communities. 

Basic Needs and Financial Support

In order to build an equitable and inclusive Carolina, additional support structures are vital to ensure student success in their endeavors. To drive change, the Richards Administration seeks to improve systems for all students attending Carolina as well as provide extra support to marginalized students. 

  • Positioning Student Government to have more direct involvement in helping students meet their basic needs and rising costs affiliated with attending Carolina.
  • Advocating for increased and comprehensive financial support for marginalized students and communities.
  • Effectively addressing the rising and unaffordable costs of course lecture, laboratories, and general academic supplies. 

Student Safety, Sexual Assault Prevention and Anti-Racism

At the heart of student-centered leadership is a community where students feel safe and valued.  To improve student safety across Carolina, the Richards Administration aims to foster community and trust with underrepresented communities, confront rising Sexual Assault and improve awareness, and provide resources for successful student transitions.

  • Fostering relationships of trust and safety in underrepresented communities.
  • Addressing the rising  number of Sexual Assault Incidents and better educating the Carolina Community. 
  • Ensuring smooth transition to Carolina for Out-of-State, Transfer, and First-Generation Students and provide these communities with access to generous resources. 

Academic Affairs and Professional Development

To effectively support the Carolina community, ensuring the provided Academic and Professional services best fit student needs is necessary. The Richards Administration will work to improve these services and existing academic structures which will allow students to flourish in their academic and professional pursuits. 

  • Eliminating academic policies that serve as systemic barriers to marginalized students’ academic success.
  • Increasing utilization of University Career Services (UCS) among marginalized students and expanding current professional and career development offerings. 
  • Reforming the Academic Advising process to better provide resources and support to the entire campus community, with emphasis on marginalized student communities. 
  • Reforming academic attendance policies to include more inclusive practices centering around wellness and emotional health.

Civic Engagement, Service, and Democracy

Civic engagement promotes individual activity and leads individuals to use their own passion, knowledge, skills and voice to enact positive change. The Richards Administration seeks to provide support for increased student engagement and service  within the Carolina community, which can inspire the next generation of community leaders. 

  • Developing and implementing non-partisan ideas and initiatives to promote student’s political involvement and engagement in local civic engagement. 
  • Providing more direct opportunities for students to engage in civil discourse, activism, and community service at Carolina. 

Student Governance & Student Affairs

Past administrations have worked diligently to support the Carolina community, however, many students lack awareness of the role of Student Government relevant to them and the work being done by Student Government.  The Richards Administration seeks to increase communication, transparency, and awareness. 

  • Expanding Student Government to better facilitate direct relationships with each graduating class and establish more effective ways to advocate with administration.
  • Creating more fully-funded, leadership opportunities for marginalized students while promoting involvement in leadership development and student leadership roles.
  • Working with the Office of Student Conduct to reform the Honor Court System. 

Graduate and Professional Students

Graduate and professional students are a central part of the Carolina Community and deserve to feel supported- having access to the resources needed to succeed. The Richards Administration desires to improve opportunities available to all students within this population as well as provide extra support to marginalized students. 

  • Achieving impactful increase of living wages, health insurance availability, and financial support for graduate and professional students. 
  • Advocating for a more holistic admissions approach for all graduate and professional programs, to include a test-optional policy and increasing retention rates of marginalized students in all graduate and professional programs. 
  • Working to eradicate institutionalized forms of racism and discrimination within University policies and auxiliary services.

Environmental Affairs

As part of the global community, Carolina seeks to do its part to support the health and well-being of our planet; one central component of these efforts is sustainability. The Richards Administration seeks to ensure environmental justice is at the heart of all work being done and increase sustainability awareness across campus.  

  • Continuing current Efforts to make the Carolina Community a more sustainable community for future generations. 
  • Engaging in coalition building across the Carolina Community with sustainability and environmental groups to unite to keep accountability in sustainability – for the health and longevity of our communities.