Bianca Mack, Carolina Law’s assistant dean for admissions, was recently selected to join the University Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council as a council member.
Created in May 2020, the University Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Council at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill serves as the advisory and recommending body to the Chief Diversity Officer, and liaisons to schools and colleges across campus. The DEI Council works in partnership with the Chief Diversity Officer to implement Carolina’s diversity, equity, and inclusion action plan and promote knowledge skills, and best practices. The council will also advise the Provost and Chancellor on instilling best practices for structural change.
Mack will be joining representatives from schools and units throughout the University. As a member of the council, Mack will guide the establishment of a DEI strategic plan for Carolina Law and create mechanisms for transparency in the implementation. She will propose and lead initiatives that enrich, educate and develop DEI knowledge and skills for students, staff and faculty. She will establish and gather key metrics to track progress toward reaching DEI milestones. Additionally, she will serve as a key spokesperson on issues of DEI and provide guidance for future activities in DEI for the law school. Mack will also collaborate with key committees and campus leaders to develop processes, plans, curricula and support systems to attract, retain and promote diversity in faculty, staff and students.
“I feel strongly that diversity, equity and inclusion should be an integral part of any strategic plan and I’m honored to be selected to serve on the council for the greater University while also supporting the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of the law school,” says Mack. “There is a lot of work to do so that all voices and perspectives are represented, heard, respected and included in the Carolina Law community.”
Mack will work closely with Carolina Law’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The committee grew out of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force that was convened in 2016. The committee has now expanded to include over 20 members comprised of students, staff and faculty, magnifying voices from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
“I’m grateful to Bianca for serving as a council member. It’s an extremely important role not just for the law school but also in service to the University,” says Martin H. Brinkley ’92, dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law. “ As the assistant dean for admissions, Bianca is in a unique position. She understands the importance of and the need for a diverse student body. She also recognizes that diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in recruiting students is not enough. It needs to permeate the school with faculty and staff hiring, programming, training as well as in the support we provide our entire community. We are training future leaders in our communities and our profession and these principles must be part of their educational foundation.”