UNC System Equity Fellows Program

Sponsored by the John M. Belk Endowment, the UNC System Equity Fellows Program aims to enhance the ability of UNC institutions to deliver high-quality, high-touch first and second year advising to underrepresented students that will drive improvement in retention and completion rates. This program would capitalize on the exceptional work and talent of the College Advising Corps (CAC) by recruiting corps members that have finished their commitment to CAC to serve as first- and second-year student success coaches at UNC System institutions.

Role Expectations

Equity Fellows will both support students and hold them accountable for making progress toward their goals. Fellows will work with their cohort to provide high quality, high touch coaching and advising services from the start of their students’ career to help them succeed in their first year of college, persist from freshman to sophomore year, and make progress toward choosing a major and finishing on-time. Fellows will meet in-person with students three to five times each semester and will have additional contact with the students through a combination of texts, phone calls, emails, and drop-in office hours.

Compensation & Benefits

Fellows will receive a two-year $10,000 stipend and a graduate assistantship, with full tuition and fee remission, in a graduate degree program at NC State University or UNC Charlotte.

Fellows will receive training from their home institution on advising processes and systems and will also participate in System-level coaching professional development with fellows from other institutions. System-level professional development will focus on the fundamentals of coaching and how to engage with students in initial and ongoing meetings.

Eligibility Requirements

Download a summary of position details and expectations

  • Be an accepted graduate student at NC State University or UNC Charlotte and begin in Fall 2022 (at the time of application)
  • Currently serving or have served as a NC College Advising Corps Adviser
  • Be a North Carolina Resident as classified by the N.C. Residency Determination Service (RDS) (prior to receiving an offer)

Apply to be an 2022 Equity Fellow

The application consists of short and long-form responses and requires a resume and letter of reference. A downloadable version of the application is also available to review the questions in advance. If you require an accommodation to complete this application form, please contact Tonya Walton at tcwalton@northcarolina.edu.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots have been filled for the 2022 cohort. A review of applicants will occur in two rounds. North Carolina residency status will be confirmed with the N.C. Residency Determination Service (RDS) prior to extending acceptance offers and must be maintained for the duration of the fellowship. Acceptance decisions will be released in mid-March and early April. Unselected candidates will be notified in early April.

Updates about the Equity Fellows process will be posted on this website.

Details about future cohorts is pending. Sign up to be notified about future application cycles.

Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions about the program and application process.

Information Sessions

In December 2021, participating College Advising Corps advisers and directors were invited to a live webinar to learn about the FY2022 pilot’s design, timeline, and selection process for incoming Fellows. Attendees were joined by representatives from the UNC System Office, College Advising Corps, and host Fellow institutions – NC State University and UNC Charlotte – to discuss the pilot’s design, timeline, and selection process for incoming Fellows.

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Contact

Contact Tonya Walton, Access and Success Initiatives Manager, at tcwalton@northcarolina.edu with questions about this program.