Dean Blackburn

Director of Student Wellness

  • Professional/Educational Background: B.A., Elon University; Masters, Duke.
    Dean has worked in Student Affairs at Carolina for almost 20 years, and has worked in the field of health education/health promotion and primary prevention work for almost 30 years.  He enjoys working with students, staff, faculty, alum, parents, and community partners to create an atmosphere that promotes healthy decision making as it relates to students’ choices regarding their health and safety.  Dean is interested in the intersections of identity, culture, education, politics, and economics as they affect the health outcomes, disparities, and access to wellness for all students.  He believes that breaking down barriers, developing coalitions, and advocating for equitable access is primary to ensuring every student has the necessary resources to be both healthy and whole, as well as personally and academically successful at Carolina.  He enjoys doing this work through individual conversations with students; teaching; outreach to larger groups; collaborating with colleagues across campus and the community; broad based committee involvement; and research/policy development.University
  • Hobbies/Sports: When not having a great time with his Wellness colleagues and students on campus, he enjoys outdoor activities, public service, traveling to new places, and time with family and friends.
  • Pets: Labs, named Lily and Toby
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