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Branch names 2021 Woman of the Year

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP has named Dr. Deborah Stroman the branch’s 2021 Woman of the Year.

Dr. Stroman will continue on to compete at the state level for NAACP Woman of the Year. At this level, the competition is focused on fundraising activities and funds from this competition are used to support the important work of fulfilling the mission of the NC NAACP.

The Woman of the Year Award recognizes one extraordinary woman who has made significant contributions to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community through leadership and service. Applicants are evaluated in two areas, Community Involvement and Contributions to Women of Color.

Community Involvement is defined as a demonstrated commitment to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community through a track record of service and community support that champions the interests and needs of women, children and people of color – efforts that have enhanced the lives of local citizens.

Contributions to Women of Color is described as showing demonstrated, consistent leadership as a role model and mentor for women of color, making a significant contribution to breaking barriers and/or creating opportunities.

Dr. Stroman is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has more than three decades of extensive experience working with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni on leadership and equity issues.

As an entrepreneur, she provides race and racism strategic consulting and education to numerous organizations. She is a national trainer with the Racial Equity Institute LLC. In addition, Dr. Stroman is the founder of the Center of Sport Business and Analytics, which connects with and advocates for people and organizations creating equity, impact and value in the sport industry. She is also a president emeritus of the UNC Black Faculty and Staff Caucus and has been recognized for teaching, service and entrepreneurship collaborations.

Her fellow nominees this year were:

· Barbara Jessie-Black

· Paris Miller

· Patricia Harris

· Anita Jones-McNair

· Carmen Huerta-Bapat

Anyone wishing to donate and support our 2021 Woman of the Year candidate, can do so here. For more information on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, visit

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Congratulations, Debby! Well-deserved.

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