UNC System Equity Fellows Program

About Equity Fellows

The Equity Fellows Program is an initiative created by the UNC System Office to help underrepresented populations get off to a solid start in college and persist to graduation. This program, funded by the John M. Belk Endowment, will 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 institutions. These recent college graduates, who will have two years of experience working with aspiring college students, will move from college access advising to college success advising.

Role Expectations

Each Equity Fellow will be assigned a caseload of first- and second-year students that may be especially at-risk of dropping out in their first or second year. Fellows will 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 stipend and a graduate assistantship, with full tuition and fee remission, in a graduate degree program at NC State University or UNC Charlotte. Any former CAC advisor will be eligible to apply to the program, but the program will be highly selective.

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.

Apply to be an 2022 Equity Fellow

Applications for the Fall 2022 Cohort will be available in January 2022. Sign up to be notified when the application is posted.

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


On December 16 and 17, participating College Advising Corps advisers and directors were invited to a live webinar to learn about the FY2022-23 pilot of the UNC System Student Success Equity Fellows program, funded by the John M. Belk Endowment. 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 Tonya Walton, Access and Success Initiatives Manager, at tcwalton@northcarolina.edu with questions about this program.