The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion (OADI), while open to all students, emphasizes the student success and academic support of students from the following populations: African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native American, Multi-racial, LGBTQ, first-generation, students from rural communities, and students who have a reported disability.
Services rendered include but are not limited to academic advising, transition programs, academic support workshops, peer counseling and tutoring, and personal counseling. Moreover, the office serves as a clearinghouse for information and referrals to other university resources and academic support services. While the focus remains on student success, OADI supports/assists in organizing the creation of curricular and co-curricular academic activities within the academic colleges and units of academic affairs. Additionally, faculty are supported in expanding their understanding of DEI to strengthen the curriculum, classroom environment, and UNC Charlotte community.
Transition programs led by OADI include the University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP), the 49er Intensive Transition Program (FIT), and the Spring to Academic Readiness (STAR) programs. These are cohort-based programs that serve as academic bridge programs for incoming students that connect them with campus resources, offer course credit, and provide a solid foundation as they begin their experience as Niner.
Retention and Navigation programs that OADI offers are Building Better Brothers (B3) and Instilling Girls with Nobility and Integrity: Thriving Toward Empowerment (IGNITE). These are identity-based programs that support student retention and graduation efforts; including but not limited to; research, connection to faculty, educational and social support. Collaborative support programs offered to students include the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) program. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to support underrepresented students in STEM majors to gain experience with research and be prepared to move to graduate-level education. The Student Advising for Freshman Excellence program (SAFE), co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students is a first-year peer-mentoring program. OADI works with a variety of offices to support first-generation students through the 49er First program.
OADI offers faculty education and curricular support for diversity, equity, and inclusion within academic affairs. Working with faculty, departments, identity-based caucuses, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; OADI supports the mission of student success in Undergraduate Education by supporting and implementing initiatives that help to create and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment. This includes education through the Diversity Peer Educator program, the convening of the Academic Affairs Diversity Consortium, and analyzing/assessing data related to student achievement, and serving on research/grant teams to fund new initiatives.