Lead Organizer, Racial Equity Institute
Wanda Hunter is a trainer and lead organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. Her 30-year career at the University of North Carolina (Department of Social Medicine) was in public health research with a focus on vulnerable families, racial disparities in health and community-based participatory research. She has presented at multiple scientific meetings in the United States and around the world, including an expert panel for the World Wealth Organization in Geneva. She has authored or co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed research articles. Wanda retired as the Deputy Director for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2010. Since that time she has organized with the Racial Equity Institute. In her community of Chapel Hill, NC she was a founder of the Organizing Against Racism network that has expanded across the state sponsoring more than 50 racial equity workshops per year. She also helped found and continues to lead the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools. The Campaign published a report in 2015, Excellence With Equity: The Schools Our Children Deserve. She is also a co-chair for her local NAACP Education Committee. She was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2010 for service to the State of North Carolina and received the NAACP President’s Award for Community Service in 2013.