Discussing Diversity: A Place to Begin

Equitable Foundation, in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business Alumni Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas, presented a diversity discussion on May 4, 2021 focusing on suggestions, tips and ideas for talking to children and family members about diversity. By the end of the panel discussion, viewers will have insight into how to bring up the importance of diversity with their own family or with children they mentor.

Dr. Kevin Bailey, UNC Charlotte Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 
Jesse Bridges, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, EVERFI
Imani Green, Program Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas 
Solange Tricanowicz, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Enrollment, Belk College of Business 
Resources recommeded by the panel

Meet the Panel 

Dr. Kevin W. Bailey is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Graduate Faculty Member in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte. In his role as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Bailey is responsible for most of the out of class experience for 30,000 students including living on campus, student organizations, fraternities & sororities, student mental and physical health, discipline, programs for parents, and major event programming such as Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Bailey has a doctorate in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University and earned a graduate certificate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard.

Dr. Bailey is an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte (Class 40), on the board of The Goodfellows, Inc. and has been involved as a volunteer or board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters in New Orleans, Pensacola, FL, and most recently in Charlotte.

Jesse Bridges

Jesse Bridges serves as the SVP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at EVERFI. In this capacity, she is EVERFI’s lead subject matter expert on DEI, representing our thought leadership across our corporate, higher education, and K12 networks. Jesse also serves as part of the executive team to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization.

Prior to joining EVERFI, Jesse served as the Senior Director of Organizational Culture and Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Education Advisory Board (EAB). In this role, Ms. Bridges developed and executed against an integrated diversity strategy that spanned talent management, community and team member engagement and equity in customer offerings. She also served as the primary facilitator of learning experiences on diversity, equity and inclusion related topics. Before joining EAB, Jesse served in higher education administration, most recently at Purdue University as the Associate Dean of Students. Her roles focused on access and equity issues ranging from civil rights compliance to advising students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Imani GreenImani Green has served as the coordinator for the Big Brothers Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas Beyond School Walls program  since 2017. She knows first hand the value of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program as she participated in the program as a Little Sister before becoming a Big Sister herself. Prior to joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Imani served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for South Carolina Campus Compact (SCCC) providing ongoing support, leadership, and guidance to 18 VISTA members who are deployed at 14 SCCC member institutions to ensure program success and retention. Imani obtained her bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College in communications, media and cultural studies.  She enjoys volunteering for the St. Bernard Project and as a Fruitful Friend Mentor with Refugee Services in Charlotte. 


Solange Tricanowicz

Solange Tricanowicz is the Assistant Director for Graduate Programs Enrollment, specifically recruiting for the MBA program, Business Analytics certificate, Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate and the MBA Plus certificate for the Belk College of Business. Previously, Solange worked as the employer relations liaison for graduate programs, connecting students to the talent development needs of the Charlotte area. 

In addition to recruiting for the MBA program and certificates at the Belk College, Solange leads diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty and staff, and serves on the recently formed diversity and inclusion taskforce.

Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, Solange worked at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce as a Talent and Economic Growth Associate. Solange obtained her Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Spanish from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.