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Christiann Gaines, PhD

Assistant Director for Doctoral Diversity and Success in Graduate Education

The Assistant Director for Doctoral Diversity and Success in the UNC Office of Graduate Education has a shared leadership role in the NIH-funded UNC Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) and is responsible for organizing and communicating key elements of the IMSD program. Dr. Gaines monitors degree progress for IMSD students, advises individual students facing specific challenges, and leads programming to foster community and an inclusive research climate. She coordinates recruitment of students from underrepresented groups for training programs in the Office of Graduate Education (OGE), including the large PhD program BBSP and pre-graduate programs. Dr. Gaines manages diversity advocates serving on BBSP admissions committees and also provides support for OGE-sponsored summer undergraduate research internship programming.