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).

Lavender Graduation: Then and Now

Lavender Graduation 2015On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Talley Coastal Ballroom, the GLBT Center will host its annual Lavender Graduation ceremony for 2015 GLBT graduates. As we prepare to recognize the accomplishments of our students, it is helpful to pause to reflect on the history of Lavender Graduation, an event currently held on campuses across the country.

The idea for Lavender Graduation originated at the University of Michigan in the 1990s. At the time, Dr. Ronni Sanlo was serving as the Director of their LGBT Campus Resource Center. Her work providing support services to GLBT-identified students prompted her realization that these students should be recognized “not only for their achievements but for surviving their college years” (Sanlo, 2000). The first Lavender Graduation, hosted by Sanlo in 1995, was designed to create a space for GLBT students to feel supported by the university and affirmed in their identities.

Today, Lavender Graduation ceremonies are hosted by colleges and universities across the United States. Each campus designs its own event, thereby creating its own culture around this annual celebration. Here at NC State, Lavender Graduation has previously been a formal event, with both participants and university personnel donning their regalia as families watch from their seats as their graduates are called forward to be honored. The tradition here at NC State has been to host this event after finals are over, with the event allowing the graduates to come together for this small community celebration just before the massive graduation ceremony at commencement.

This year, the GLBT Center is re-envisioning Lavender Graduation in a number of ways. One of the biggest changes is the timing of the event, which will be held during the last week of classes this year. The idea behind this change is to allow Lavender Graduation to serve as a space for the entire GLBT community, as well as its allies, to come together to celebrate. Hosting the ceremony before finals will allow returning GLBT students to attend, to be there to support their graduating friends, and to see Lavender Graduation as an important annual event for the entire GLBT community. The GLBT Center invites all GLBT students, staff and faculty, as well as all of our allies across campus, to attend this year’s ceremony.

Another significant change is that this year’s ceremony will be less formalized. Dress for the event is business casual, and the layout will be in round tables to enable graduates and other attendees to connect, converse and celebrate together. Overall, the GLBT Center hopes these changes will help to create a space for students to see and feel the support that exists, both institutionally as well as from members of their own community. Faculty and staff are invited to show their support by attending the event. Graduating students can register through today.

Renee Wells is director of the GLBT Center at NC State. See the GLBT Center website for more information about its programs and services.

See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.

“Beyond the Veil” Returns

Young, smiling woman in hijabThe NC State Women’s Center is proud to co-sponsor “Beyond the Veil,” an annual program held with the Muslim Students Association (MSA). “Beyond the Veil” features a panel of hijab and non-hijab women discussing gender, faith, hair, hair coverings and meaning in our community. It challenges the widely held American association between hijab and oppression and gives voice to Muslim women who define empowerment for themselves. Program participants can also learn about the hijab by pairing with a member of MSA to wear hijab for a day together. Although a one-day trial could never approximate the experiences of hijab-wearing students, it gives participants an opportunity to demystify veiling and build a relationship with a student they may not have had otherwise. “Beyond the Veil” will be held Thursday April 16, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Park Shops 201 and is a WISE and Scholars Event. See also the flyer.

See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.

BRIDGES 2015 Program Now Recruiting Women

BRIDGES program logoRecruitment efforts are underway for the BRIDGES Class of 2015. BRIDGES provides an opportunity for women faculty and senior administrative staff to understand and prepare for leadership roles in the academy. Participants hear from experts, engage in panel discussions and share ideas, network, and learn from each other. Almost two hundred NC State women have participated in the program since its inception in 1993. BRIDGES 2015 will take place September 11 to November 21, 2015. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.

The cost of participation for women selected into the program is covered by the participant’s home department and OIED. For additional information, contact BRIDGES board member Joanne Woodard at 919-515-4559 or See the BRIDGES website for additional information.

See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.

Exhibit: “Irrevocable Grace” Works by Jaleesa Bartely-Maye
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – May 15 @ 11:00 am

An exhibit centered on Afrikan Womaness

First Day of Ridvan begins at sundown
Apr 20 all-day
Chancellor’s Creating Community Awards
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us as we honor the recipients of the 2015 university diversity awards in five categories.

Chancellor’s Creating Community Awards Program
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chancellor available from 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Transcending and Connecting Trans* Counseling Group
Apr 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Transcending and Connecting is a weekly counseling group held at the NC State Counseling Center. The purpose is to create a shared space for students on the trans* spectrum and students questioning their gender to connect, explore, and learn with other students of trans* experience. It is a space for the group members to give and receive support. The focus is on connecting with others, exploring identities, and navigating life in a safe space.

Students interested in joining the group should contact Jenny Glassmire-Policari ( in the Counseling Center to schedule a brief screening appointment prior to joining the group.

Healthy Relationships
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Final GSYPN Meeting
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The GLBT Graduate Student and Young Professionals Network (GSYPN) provides a space for GLBT graduate students to connect, form community, network, and discuss relevant professional issues. GSYPN meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Check our calendar for meeting details. Want to know more about GSYPN? Feel free to contact Adam Ward ( at the NCSU GLBT Center.

First Day of Ridvan
Apr 21 all-day
Survivor Support Space Training
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lavender Graduation
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Lavender Graduation is an annual event held to bring together members of the NC State GLBT community and their allies in order to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of the GLBT members of this year’s graduating classes.

Denim Day Observance
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mi Placito
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Free Confidential HIV/STI Testing
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Octavia Gladden, a Public Health Educator with the Wake County HIV/STD Community Health Program, will be holding office hours at the NC State University GLBT Center on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 12PM-2PM in 354 Harrelson Hall. Octavia will be available to talk privately with individuals regarding HIV/STD concerns, and can also do testing if requested.

  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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