[Note: this webpage is descended from the Minority Student Caucus's first webpage, created by Victor Schoenbach on the Minority Health Project website (early webpage, courtesy of the Internet Archive) in 2000. After several years, websites for the Caucus were created by the School and later by the Caucus, on various web platforms. Several of those platforms were decommissioned, but some of the sites can still be found on the web, including a UNC Student Organizations page, a UNC Student Affairs page, and on last inspection one of the editions in Facebook. An earlier Facebook site appears to have been taken down.

The School's current website for the Caucus includes the bios of current E-board members. The page you are viewing now (in the webfolder www.epidemiolog.net/mhp/sph/caucus/) serves as an historical archive, having been maintained continuously since about 2003, though somewhat irregularly in recent years.




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Minority Student Caucus

 

Annual Minority Health Conference and William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture

About William T. Small, Jr.

MSC @ Student Affairs website

History of the Caucus and Conference, in video

Minority Student Caucus Alumni Network

To join the Minority Student Caucus listserv send a one-line email to (listserv@unc.edu) with the text:

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  At the Minority Student Caucus alumni reunion

The Minority Student Caucus was founded in 1971 by a group of African American students who gathered at John Hatch's house. They were troubled by the lack of attention to health disparities (then referred to as minority health), the lack of support for Black students, the near total absence of Blacks on the faculty, and the low representation of ethnic minorities among the students. The Caucus was intended as a vehicle for bringing their concerns to the attention of the School's Administration and for working to attract more Black students to the School.

Initially called the Black Student Caucus, in the late 1970s the Caucus changed its name to the Minority Student Caucus and welcomed American Indian, Asian American, and Latino students. Some of the history has been recounted in multiple interviews and presentations with some of the key participants, including MSC founders John Hatch and Anita Holmes (who presented the history of the founding of the Caucus at the 2021 Annual Minority Health Conference), past presidents Bill Jenkins and Victoria Motley Washington, and other prominent leaders, such as Geni Eng and David McCoy.

The Caucus founded its annual Minority Health Conference in 1977 and has conducted it nearly every year since then. The Caucus also works with the School administration on initiatives to link to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, especially in North Carolina, and to institutions serving other minority groups.

Leadership

The Minority Student Caucus is led by an Executive Board elected annually by all Caucus members. Officers - Co-Presidents, Secretary, and Treasurer - and other E-Board members serve one-year terms.

For its first quarter century, the Caucus received support and advice from William T. Small, Jr. (the Caucus actually played a role in Dean Small's coming to the School as a minority student recruiter in 1971). Following Dean Small's retirement in 1999, Aundra Shields became Assistant Dean for Students and worked with the Caucus. After Aundra's departure, her successors Felicia Mebane and then Charletta Sims-Evans became the Dean's Office advisers to the Caucus. Victor Schoenbach (Department of Epidemiology), who assisted the Minority Health Conference planners beginning in 1991, was invited to serve as faculty adviser to the Caucus in 2005/2006 and served in that role until beginning phased retirement in 2015. Chandra Caldwell (Department of Epidemiology), who had informally counseled/advised Caucus members and officers since she joined the Epidemiology staff, was later named a staff adviser to the Caucus and served in that role until about 2019. Trinnette Cooper, coordinator for diversity programs and recruitment in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the current Dean's Office adviser.

Executive Board Members for 2021-2022


Co-Presidents:

  • Vanessa Amankwaa (she/her), Master's student, studying Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights

  • Sophie To (any pronouns), Doctoral student, Department of Health Behavior

Co-chairs for the 43rd Annual Minority Health Conference:

  • Takhona G. Hlatshwako (she/her), BSPH student, Department of Health Policy and Management

  • Victoria Triana (she/her), MPH student, Department of Health Behavior

Treasurer:

  • Mohamed-Yahia Monawar, BSPH student, Department of Nutrition

Secretary:

  • Juhi Chinthapatla, MS-BSPH student, Department of Nutrition

Social Chair:

  • Asia Carter (she/her/hers), MPH student, Department of Health Behavior

TRIAD Co-Chairs:

  • Noah Ashenafi (he/him), BSPH student, Department of Nutrition

  • Adriana Parker (they/she), MPH student, Department of Health Behavior

Education and Community Action Cochairs:

  • Isabel Lu (she/they) is a second-year MPH-RD student in the Nutrition Department. She is currently serving as the Education and Community Action (ECA) co-chair and the MHC graphic designer

  • Emmanuel Saint-Phard (he/him/his) is a second-year graduate student in the Health Behavior Concentration

Publicity Chair:

  • Khadijah Toumbou, MPH student, Health Equity concentration

Historian:

  • Michelle Carreño, Department of Health Policy and Management

(Biographies and photos)


Links

Minority Student Caucus home page
2020-2021 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2019-2020 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2018-2019 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2017-2018 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2016-2017 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2015-2016 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2014-2015 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2013-2014 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2012-2013 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2011-2012 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2010-2011 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2009-2010 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2008-2009 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2007-2008 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2006-2007 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2005-2006 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2004-2005 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2003-2004 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
2002-2003 Officers of the Minority Student Caucus
Previous officers of the Minority Student Caucus
Annual Minority Health Conference
About Dean William T. Small, Jr.
Minority health-related links at UNC and elsewhere
Minority Health Project
Vic Schoenbach's Evolving history of minority health-related activities at the UNC School of Public Health

Last updated 8/31/2016, 9/1/2016, 10/6,24/2016, 2/3/2018, 1/16/2020, 8/12,15/2020, 12/26/2020, 2/9/2022 by Vic Schoenbach