Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity


The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and diverse intellectual and cultural campus experience related to the mission of North Carolina State University. We bring the offices of Equal Opportunity and Equity and Diversity and Inclusion together with the African American Cultural Center, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Center, Multicultural Student Affairs and the Women’s Center. OIED also offers diversity and equity training through its Education and Training unit and a campus-wide diversity newsletter, the Diversity Digest (this week’s top articles below).

Staff Diversity: Connecting with NC State

At the May, 2014 meeting of the University Diversity Advisory Committee, Chancellor Randy Woodson made the observation that staff were not as connected to the university as he would like them to be.

Connect with NC State postcard The Staff Diversity unit in OIED took that to heart and made staff connections the focus for 2014-2015. Two new affinity groups were formed, and a major web-based program was created by the Staff Diversity Advisory Board that provides easy access for all university employees to attend traditional events and visit special locations that exemplify the welcoming, inclusive institution that we are. The Connect with NC State website was developed by John Starbuck, web administrator for Campus Enterprises, and received top awards from two national organizations.

The Latin@ Student Support Network (LSSN – pronounced “listen”) brings Hispanic/Latin@ faculty and staff and students together for student support and to strengthen the Latin@ community at NC State. It also aims to make Latin@ faculty and staff aware of and welcome at student- sponsored cultural events. The staff and faculty members of LSSN were introduced to incoming Latin@ students and their families at the Hispanic/Latin@ Student Symposium in August and have joined the students at various activities throughout the year.

[Editor’s note: The term ‘Latin@’ uses the ‘@’ symbol to denote both the masculine and feminine forms of Spanish words, as preferred by the Latin@ community.]

The Asian/Asian American Community members have spent time learning about each other’s cultures and experiences on campus. They have also learned about AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) students’ experiences. Since Asia is a vast and multicultural region, this discovery process has been a rich one. The group will continue to meet over the summer.

Speaking of summer, the OIED Staff Diversity unit is sponsoring SOS: Summer Opportunities for Staff, a calendar of events featuring tours of the soon-to-be complete Talley Student Union, a staff reading circle on the student summer reading, coffee chats and lunch and learns. Co-sponsors for the events include the Staff Senate, the African American Faculty Staff Organization, and Campus Enterprises.

New affinity groups are planned for employees who are veterans and employees with disabilities. Anyone interested in helping to start these groups should contact Dr. Deb Luckadoo, director of Staff Diversity.

Dr. Deb Luckadoo is director of Staff Diversity. For more information about OIED’s staff initiatives and programs, please see the Staff Diversity website.

For this article and more, see the full Diversity Digest.

Dean Daniel Solomon, Vice Provost Joanne Woodard Speak at EOI Graduation

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, OIED’s Education and Training unit held its annual Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) Graduation celebration. (See list of graduates at left.) EOI has become an NC State institution, marking its 16th year of educating faculty, staff and students about a full range of diversity and equity topics. For the third year, EOI has also welcomed graduates back to the program to earn the Graduate Scholar designation by taking three new two-hour workshops of their choice. Many campus organizations, academic programs and departments have made EOI a recommended or required training component for their staff.

Equal Opportunity Institute logoThis year, we were honored to have had outgoing Vice Provost Joanne Woodard and Dean Daniel Solomon speak at graduation. Dean Solomon delivered the address, asserting that diversity within the university is an academic imperative. Vice Provost Woodard, under whose leadership EOI was established, has supported this and other noteworthy initiatives, such as NC State’s National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) program, during her tenure at NC State. We will miss these advocates, both of whom will be retiring this summer.

Applications for the next class of EOI will be available in August of 2015. See the EOI website for more information.

Congratulations, EOI Graduates and Scholars

We congratulate the following:

2015 EOI Graduate Scholars

Erica Braman Cutchins, Darren Seitz Lipman, Talitha Molet, Tammy Bullock, Rebekah Dunstan, Jacqueline Gadison, Seprina Justice, Kim Outing, Shannon Plummer-White, Adam Poplin, Elizabeth Snively, Gary Tew, Rosalie Tisa, Katherine Wilson

2015 EOI Graduates

Nicole Abbott, Kelly L. Cravener, Amanda Driver, Leah Haile, Sakshi Handa, Pamela Kuras, Sherrie Lucas, John Miller IV, Shauna Morin, William A. Russell IV, Alexandra Toti, Katy Weilbrenner, Latosha M. Williams, Zheng Yang, Allison M. Bennett, Maria Gallardo-Williams, Alvin M. Gilmore, Pennie R. Graham, Susan Grant, Karen Horne, Jean Lembke, Jordan McMican, Amy Mull, Samantha Lynn Oster, LeNelle Patrick, Jacqueline Perry, Julie Ricker-Hagler, Paula D. Waller, Marie H. Watson, Renee Wells

2015 EOI Graduates with Special Recognition (10 or More Classes)

Marshall Cedric Anthony, Jr., Carolyn Carter, Carrie Caudle, Robert Leon Grant III, Simone Ramdeen, Callie C. Womble, Ayo Agunbiade, Kellie Allison Burris, Erin Alena Champion, Raymond Corbett, Maria Correa, Michele Gurkin, Timothy A. Hammonds, Jr., Mary Harrell, Melissa M. Jackson, Jasmine Omorogbe, Almissie Connor Parker, Aimee Christine Stright, Joshua L. Talley, Shiela Lynn Thomas, Barbara White, Kathryn Kaufman Zellmer

For this article and more, see the full Diversity Digest.

Ayana McLemore Combines Interests in Diversity, Arts and International Affairs

Ayana McLemoreAyana McLemore, ’16, from Charlotte, NC, is majoring in both International Studies and Business Administration with a minor in Chinese. Ayana is interested in human relations and has a concentration in cultural studies.

Ayana served as a peer mentor in the Multicultural Student Affairs Peer Mentor Program for two years, assisting four student mentees. She has also participated in the International Friendship Program, which pairs NC State students with international students. As an Alexander Hamilton Scholar, Ayana has been involved in several additional mentoring and community service activities, including Shack-a-Thon and Service Raleigh.

Ayana traveled to Shanghai, China for seven weeks on a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and was a member of NC State’s Vox Accalia for three years, holding the post of vice president last year. She is also an Arts Village resident mentor. As an AV mentor, she schedules events and handles ticketing, surveys and attendance tracking for many arts events held in Turlington Hall, such as “Artist Storytelling,” a recent popular program that explored the many different ways stories are used for communication and expression. She enjoys speaking about diversity, drawing, crafts, woodworking and singing.

Ayana, we applaud your achievements and global multidisciplinary perspective!

For this article and more, see the full Diversity Digest.

** Ascension of Baha’u’llah begins at sundown
May 28 all-day
** Ascension of the Baha’u’llah
May 29 all-day
Workshop to Enhance Faculty Diversity
Jun 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will discuss measures that department heads or deans can take when appointing a search committee and charging the search committee. The workshop will allow time for tailoring these measures to your department needs and developing discipline-specific tools for identifying diverse applicants. These measures have been shown to increase the diversity of the applicant pool and the list of finalists.This workshop is for those in a position of appointing a faculty search committee.

Staff Reading Circle: Stand up that Mountain
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thanks for being flexible — hope this works for you!

Managing Difficult Conversations Staff Lunch and Learn
Jun 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Will use a registration form to limit to 20 participants.

Asian/Asian American Community Network
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us for an early summer gathering — if you have not had a chance to attend in the past, please feel welcome to join us now! We have been exploring what it means to be Asian or AAPI at NC State, especially from the perspective of supporting students. We will bring everyone up to date on that, plus open any other topics of discussion in which you are interested!

Feel free to bring your lunch — drinks and dessert provided by OIED.

AAFSO Coffee Chat: Summer Kick-off
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Staff Reading Circle: Stand up that Mountain
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thanks for being flexible — hope this works for you!

Staff Senate Lunch and Learn The Craft Center: A Place for Making
Jun 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Staff Reading Circle: Stand up that Mountain
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thanks for being flexible — hope this works for you!

Ramadan begins at sundown
Jun 17 all-day
Talley Tours
Jun 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Registration Required – 2 Tours of one hour each, 11;30 and 12:30

First day of Ramadan
Jun 18 all-day

  View the full calendar of events

Our Units

The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is comprised of Equal Opportunity and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Education and Training, Multicultural Student Affairs, the African American Cultural Center, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Centerm and the Women’s Center.

The Equal Opportunity and Equity unit of OIED is comprised of staff dedicated to serving NC State in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, discrimination and harassment and employment and hiring. Web: Equal Opportunity and Equity.
The Diversity and Inclusion unit of OIED is comprised of staff dedicated to promoting and enhancing diversity, serving underrepresented NC State students, faculty and staff through diversity programs and initiatives. Web: Diversity and Inclusion.
OIED Education and Training provides diversity and equity related training and workshops for the NC State community, including the Equal Opportunity Institute, National Coalition Building Institute and open enrollment workshops. Web: OIED Education and Training.
OIED Communications produces and publishes the OIED websites, brochures, photography and video. To submit an item for our campus-wide Diversity Digest newsletter, please send your diversity-related news items to OIED Communications.
The African American Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for African American and African descent experiences through activities and events. Web: African American Cultural Center.
The mission of the NC State GLBT Center is to engage, develop and empower members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and their allies. Web: GLBT Center.
Multicultural Student Affairs is comprised of staff dedicated to serving African American, Hispanic, Native American and other underrepresented students at NC State. Web: Multicultural Student Affairs.
The NC State Women’s Center is a catalyst and resource that advances gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy and leadership for the campus community. Web: Women's Center.

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