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Opening Access and Breaking Barriers to Global Opportunities

Aligned with UNC’s Academic Plan, which prioritizes equity and inclusion and global engagement, the Center for Global Initiatives is spearheading a major pan-university effort to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to global opportunities.  

This effort, which is research-based and data-driven, opens access to students regardless of their academic discipline, age, disabilities, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

The effort also defines “global opportunities” broadly to encompass:

1) Educational opportunities abroad (including experiential learning, internships, research, service-learning and study abroad);
2) Global opportunities on campus (such as coursework in foreign languages and in diverse disciplines such as Business, Education, and Nursing; and events such as exhibits, lectures, and research showcases); and
3) Globally-oriented engagement in the community (for example engagement with K-12 classrooms or immigrant populations).

The goal is to raise, for example, the number of Education majors studying abroad, students with disabilities conducting global internships, males taking more foreign languages, Native Americans earning Fulbright awards, students with significant financial need performing global public service, and first generation college students applying to join the foreign service.

UNC will accomplish this goal through programming that addresses 3 major barriers to global education found in the literature: financial barriers that include not only the lack of funds to take advantage of global opportunities but also the burden of lost wages; cultural barriers that include lack of awareness of global opportunities and of their positive academic and career benefits, not conceiving of oneself as the kind of person who takes advantage of such opportu­nities, and parental fear and opposition to them; and institutional barriers that include curric­ular constraints, uneven advising and information flows, and unequal preparation.

This effort is significant because it strengthens UNC academically and it ensures equity of resources for all.

CGI is working with a wide range of collaborators from across campus (see right bar) and welcomes input from all interested parties. To learn more and to join this Initiative, please contact .

This effort would not be possible without our growing list of partners:

Academic Advising
Accessibility Resources & Service
African Studies Center
African, African American & Diaspora Studies
American Indian Center
American Studies
Arts & Sciences Deans Office
Campus Y
Career Services
Carolina Asia Center
Carolina Black Caucus
Carolina Center for Public Service
Carolina Covenant
Carolina Firsts
Carolina Latina/o Collaborative
Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program
Center for European Studies
Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies
Center for Student Success & Academic Counseling
Center for the Study of the Middle East & Muslim Civilizations
Curriculum in Global Studies
Diplomat in Residence
Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Friday Center for Continuing Education
Global Business Center
Global Unified Business Cluster
Graduate & Professional Student Federation
Housing & Residential Education
Institute for the Study of the Americas
Institutional Research & Assessment
International Student & Scholar Services
Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
LGBTQ Center
New Student & Carolina Parent Programs
Office for Undergraduate Research
Office of Distinguished Scholarships & Honors Carolina
Office of Global Relations
Office of Scholarships & Student Aid
Office of Undergraduate Education
Office of Undergraduate Retention
Provost’s Office
Scholars’ Latino Initiative
Stone Center for Black Culture & History
Study Abroad Office
University Development
Writing & Learning Center