Introduction from Vice Chancellor

We are pleased you are considering employment opportunities with the Division of Student Affairs at UNC Greensboro. UNCG is a special place! With our diverse student body and commitment to access and excellence, we help transform the lives of our students, over half of whom are first-generation students. 

In Student Affairs, we enjoy strong partnerships with Academic Affairs and others throughout the campus, with a collective focus on student success as it relates to student belonging, student well-being, student engagement and ensuring students have what it takes to perform well academically and persist toward graduation. Our work is rooted in our commitment to equity and the culture of care that permeates our campus. 

The Division of Student Affairs is full of incredibly talented professionals who are active in professional associations and our community. We encourage continued education and scholarship, so many of our team members have published, presented, served on association committees and boards, and earned advanced degrees while at UNCG. Through our close partnership with UNCG’s Higher Education graduate program, many of our staff work closely with our graduate students, supervising, mentoring, and preparing them to be future professionals. 

The quality of our team and the work they do for our students is reflected in numerous accolades. In 2023, we were named a Great Place to Work in Student Affairs by Diverse and ACPA for the third consecutive year. We have been designated as a First Gen Forward institution by NASPA and in 2023, we were designated as a Voter Friendly campus by Campus Vote Project and NASPA, a distinction we have held since 2016. We are also proud to be designated a Top 10 Military Friendly campus by Viqtory. Browse our annual reports to understand how our commitment to excellence translates into impactful actions!  

We encourage you to explore more about Student Affairs and the work we do, and we are excited you are considering UNC Greensboro as the next destination on your career journey. 

Go Spartans! 
Cathy Akens, Ed.D. 

why they chose uncg

Meredith Atchison
Campus Activities and Programs

Meredith started at UNC Greensboro in July 2016 as a program coordinator planning and implementing weekend programming. She also held the role of Associate Director for Student Groups and Programming where she worked directly with student groups, the CAP programming team, and the Student Government Association. Meredith is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in the Educational Studies (Higher Education) Ph.D. program at UNCG. 

“Working at UNC Greensboro has provided me with the opportunity to gain important professional experience as well as create meaningful relationships with my colleagues. So many people here are dedicated to creating positive and supportive experiences for our students. There are so many ways to get engaged with the campus community and the Division of Student Affairs specifically provides numerous opportunities for professional development and collaboration.”

Erik Unger
Assistant Director, Competitive Sports
Recreation & Wellness

Erik came to UNCG in the fall of 2018 after working at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as the Intramural Sport Coordinator. In his role as Assistant Director for Competitive Sports, Erik is responsible for the administration of the Club Sports and Intramural Sports programs. Before the growth of the department and opening of the Kaplan Center, Erik assumed management of the department’s marketing and communication efforts for a period of about 5 years. The department won several University Communications marketing awards during this time. Currently, Erik serves as the chair of the Division of Student Affairs’ Student Employee Experience Committee helping launch the Spartan Ready Program. 

“There are no failures–just experiences and your reactions to them.” ― Tom Krause

Bri Welsh
Assistant Director for Diverse Student Engagement
Office of Intercultural Engagement

Bri began working at UNCG in July 2019 in Housing and Residence Life (HRL) as a Coordinator for Residence Life (CRL) 

She then transitioned in November 2022 to the Office of Intercultural Engagement as the Assistant Director for Diverse Student Engagement. In this role, she works collaboratively with the Division of Student Affairs, Division of Student Success, and Academic Affairs to create programs and initiatives that lead to academic success, a sense of belonging, and community for Black and Brown students. As an active UNCG & community member, Briana advises Sisters with a Vision, a student organization that supports and uplifts women of color and multicultural backgrounds as well as Blue Heat, UNCG’s first stomp & shake team. She has launched two initiatives, Blue Table Talk & the The Black Collective which serve as a retention tool for Black and Brown students and provide a cultural space for Black/African American students in creating a sense of belonging. She has gained membership into the Triad DEI Collaborative Network which seeks to bring DEI professionals together quarterly in the Triad of North Carolina to provide peer support and collaboration to continue furthering the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Briana’s passion for supporting Black and Brown students, faculty and staff in an equitable way shows the commitment she has to furthering the profession.

Issa Rae once said, “confidence comes from creating something and knowing what I’m supposed to be doing and feeling like I’m good at what I’m supposed to be doing.” UNCG is a place where I have been the most confident in my career to create spaces for people that look like me and be affirmed in showing up as my full self – a confident, unapologetic Black Woman. Not a lot of institutions give you the autonomy to do that. I’m grateful to have found my way here and blossomed into the thriving professional I am today!

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