History

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The Caucus was founded in the early 1970’s as a vehicle to bring the concerns of minority students to the attention of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Administration and to work to attract more students of color to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

1940s
Lucy Morgan, chair of the Health Education Department at UNC and other faculty taught Health Education classes at NC College for Negroes (now NCCU) for little to no pay. At the time, black students were not allowed to attend UNC.

1950s

First black students admitted to UNC.

1960s

First black PhDs in the UNC School of Public Health awarded to Dr. William Darity, Sr (Health Education) and Dr. Edward Ellis (Health Education).

1971

Black Student Caucus established.

1971

Bill Small appointed Coordinator of Minority Affairs, increasing minority enrollment from 20 to 49.

1974

Dr. John Hatch is appointed to the Health Education Department, becoming the first black faculty member at the SPH

1976

Graduate students Eugenia Eng, a Chinese American, Victoria Washington, an African American and Cherry Beasley, a Lumbee Indian advocated that the Caucus be inclusive of students from all racial and ethnic groups. Caucus members voted unanimously to change the Black Student Caucus to the Minority Student Caucus.

1977

The School’s Minority Student Caucus organizes the first annual Minority Health Conference. The conference has been held every year since then, with the exception of 1989 and 1990.