These health and wellness initiatives support inclusion, belonging and community building of various student populations. These staff-facilitated groups aid student transition, academic success, and personal development through a skill building and shared experiences approach.
Sister Talk is designed to promote a sense of safety, inclusion and belonging for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous People of Color) identified undergraduate women at Carolina, providing the space, tools, and resources to successfully navigate their time at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to being a safe landing space for female BIPOC students on campus, Sister Talk provides learning and developmental opportunities for a population that is historically under served.
Sister Talk promotes and enhances self-efficacy, self-awareness, and self-advocacy, among other protective factors. This group also aims to strengthen resiliency among this cohort of students, as they exist at an intersection of gender and race which impact their experiences at a predominately white institution (PWI).
This group is designed to support the unique challenges for BIPOC undergraduate women and is open to any undergraduate student.
Sister Talk is a University-Designated High Impact Program.
Sister Talk After Dark
Graduate and professional students experience a different academic dynamic, essentially because they are more isolated and operate on a more individualistic paradigm. As older students, oftentimes with families and/or with professional work obligations, there are different sets of concerns and emotional burdens. This dynamic can have unique impacts on BIPOC female graduate and professional students.
This group, like Sister Talk, aims to increase a sense of belonging and resiliency, as they exist at an intersection of gender and race which impact their experiences at Carolina.
This group is designed to support the unique challenges for Black female graduate students and is open to any graduate/professional student.
P.E.A.C.E. (Processing Emotions And Communicating Effectively): This affinity group was born out of a need for students’ feelings, voices and stories to be shared while identifying supportive and culturally relevant mental health resources in a safe, non-judgmental setting. The program aims to bridge the gap between BIPOC students and mental health resources by hosting events that teach students how to reconcile past traumas, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and to seek out culturally competent support resources while moving forward.
This group is open to any student seeking support for bridging the gaps related to mental health and identity.
R.E.A.L. Talk (Resiliency, Education, And Leadership): Provides a space for BIPOC male-identified individuals on UNC-CH’s campus to engage and develop their sense of belonging, personal agency, growth mindset, and tools for honing resiliency and grit.
Professional staff, along with graduate and professional male-identified students of color, help facilitate the process of gaining leadership skills and developing strong mentoring bonds. The group supports courageous discourse to aid in participants’ growth, exploration, and self-actualization. This group is open to any undergraduate or graduate/professional student.