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A Diverse, Inclusive Community

We were built on the vision of extending education to all. Fostering diversity is a foundational principle of DLL and is central to the mission of expanding access to education and promoting lifelong learning. The Digital and Lifelong Learning student population continues to be a diverse student body in terms of gender, age, location, and race/ethnicity.

Programming That Promotes Diversity

Digital and Lifelong Learning offers several programs that serve under-represented minorities by expanding access to credit-granting courses at the University.

  • Semester-based online courses is a distance education program that provides access to Carolina‚Äôs credit courses through the web. Many of these students cannot come to campus to enroll; they may be in the military, studying abroad, or simply living in an area without direct access to a college campus.
  • DLL also offers courses in North Carolina prisons as part of the Correctional Education Program.

In addition, our professional development and community programs present a variety of opportunities for cross-cultural experiences. Recent programs include:

  • BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program for Women.
  • Each February, DLL sponsors a free “Voices” series in honor of Black history. Collaborators include the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Wilson Library, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Black Student Movement, WUNC, and Carolina Dining Services.

The Friday Conference Center regularly hosts conferences and events that deeply reach into a variety of social issues. The Conference Center maintains an active public schedule of events throughout the year on diversity-related topics.

Creating New Opportunities

We established the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship in 2013-14, which provides financial assistance to degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older.

Staffing and Employee Culture

Staff at DLL are encouraged to participate in diversity training workshops on campus. Center-wide trainings around diversity issues are conducted periodically, giving staff a context and a voice to share opinions, ask questions, and learn new ways of understanding.

Digital and Lifelong Learning Adheres to the University’s Diversity Policy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of opportunity and pledges that it will not practice or permit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.