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).

NC State Celebrates Asian American History Week

aapi history weekA coalition of several groups and individuals have been working to organize campus-wide programs and events for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) History Week. Represented are those from or with heritage from south, southeast and/or east Asian countries. Please join us for the following events:

Monday, April 6: ASIA ‘Reveal’
Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Talley Ocracoke Suite for ASIA’s (Asian Students in Alliance) unveiling. All students, groups and leaders are welcome.

Tuesday, April 7: Network with AAPI Faculty & Staff
At 5:15 p.m. in Student Health Center, Room 2301, come network with AAPI faculty/staff and learn how they navigate the university.

Wednesday, April 8: NAAAP Networking Social
At 7:00 p.m. in Innovation Hall’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, network with the NAAAP (National Association for Asian American Professionals) RTP chapter.

Thursday, April 9: Alex Wan:“Out to Lead”
At 6:00 p.m. in Witherspoon 201, come to “Out to Lead: Lessons from an Openly Gay Asian American Engineer, Businessman and Politician” See article at left.

Friday, April 10: I, Too, Am NC State
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the NC State Brickyard, participate in “I, too, am NC State.” All AAPI students are invited to participate in having their photos taken as part of the photography campaign.

For more information, please see the flyer. We hope to see you at one or more of these events! Contact Natalie Nguyen with any questions. See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.

Two Speakers Coming to Campus to Next Week; Events Open to All

Author Jaclyn Friedman: “Sane, Safe and Strong: Creating a Safe and Healthy Sexual Culture for Your Community”

Jaclyn FriedmanAuthor Jaclyn Friedman will speak at NC State on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in SAS Hall 2203 as part of the Women’s Center’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month programs.

Friedman is a writer, performer, activist, editor of the book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape (one of Publishers’ Weekly‘s “Top 100 Books of 2009″ and one of Ms. Magazine‘s “Top 100 Feminist Non-Fiction of All Time” lists) and author of What You Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety.

Friedman will lead an interactive discussion about the ways you and your community can create a culture that supports healthy sexuality and makes sexual violence rare, clear and swiftly punished. Please register to attend at and download the printable flyer. See also the Sexual Assault Awareness Month calendar.

Alex Wan: “Out to Lead”

Alex WanWe are excited to announce that Alex Wan has been rescheduled (from the February weather-related postponement) to appear as part of NC State’s first annual Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) History Week events.

The GLBT CommUNITY Alliance (GLBTCA) and Bliss (Asian Interest Sorority) invite you to attend Out to Lead: Lessons from an Openly Gay Asian American Engineer, Businessman and Politician on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in Witherspoon 201. Both GLBTCA and Bliss were awarded an At Home in the World Student Group Activity Grant to bring both communities together and to host Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan. Wan currently serves as the Director of Development for Emory University Libraries and was recently featured in the 2013 documentary Breaking Through, featuring openly gay politicians from around the nation. Light refreshments and a reception will conclude the event.

See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.

Islam Awareness Month

Islam Awareness Month calendarLearn more about Islam’s true meaning as a religion and what it means to NC State Muslims by attending Islam Awareness events during the month of April. The theme this year is “Bridging Our Differences.” The aim is to allow for conversations, expression and education that will leave attendees with a sense of understanding for people of different faiths than their own. See the Muslim Students Association facebook page for the full month’s calendar of events. See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.



Exhibit: “Irrevocable Grace” Works by Jaleesa Bartely-Maye
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – May 15 @ 3:00 pm

An exhibit centered on Afrikan Womaness

Americans with Disabilities Act
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Course Description: This workshop provides an opportunity to expand the knowledge participants have gained about the policy of affirmative action in the Equal Employment Opportunity workshop. A historical overview of the policy is explored, as well as the legal obligations of federal contractors with regards to affirmative action. Often, misinformation, mis-communication, and myths surround the concept of affirmative action, which will be clarified in this workshop. Participants will learn about the various individuals and groups involved in shaping the policy of affirmative action as well as the actual implementation of affirmative action in a selection decision.

Class Inequality and the Quest for Equal Opportunity
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Instructor(s) & Course Description

Instructors: Rick Dellafave

Course Description: Course Description: In contrast to the popular conception of class inequality as the outcome of an individualistic, meritocratic process, we offer a competing conception based on the exploitation of human labor and labor’s struggle to overcome it. We examine how and why class inequality has been increasing rapidly today. We also see how class inequality works to prevent the achievement of racial and gender equality.

Clothesline Project
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Privilege, Power & Leading in a Diverse Environment
Mar 31 @ 10:30 pm – Apr 1 @ 12:30 am

It has been said that with power comes great responsibility (Voltaire). The discussions surrounding privilege are often difficult to navigate because they involve a level of self-reflection that often goes unexamined. Privilege is typically unearned, and often unseen by the holder, yet privilege is a very real idea and experience that good leaders examine, an intimately use “for good and not evil”. This session will help participants explore their own privilege, and how privilege and power can be harnessed in leadership scenarios to make a difference. Participants will undergo self-assessment, will engage in dialogue with one another about the elements of privilege, power, and multicultural competence, and moreover, how these concepts can be positively applied to their own leadership adventure. Regardless of your position, your privilege, or lack thereof, this session is open to everyone looking to better understand the complexities of leading in a diverse environment.

GLBTCA Meeting
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The GLBT CommUNITY Alliance (GLBTCA) is the primary social organization at NC State for GLBT and Allied students. GLBTCA meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Talley 4140. Want to know more about GLBTCA? You can email the group at or you can check them out on Facebook at

GLBTCA Meeting
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The GLBT CommUNITY Alliance (GLBTCA) is the primary social organization at NC State for GLBT and Allied students. GLBTCA meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Talley 4140. Want to know more about GLBTCA? You can email the group at or you can check them out on Facebook at

TOO 2015 Appreciation Lunch (Drop-In)
Apr 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This will be a time that we invite all actors, volunteers, committee members, to stop by MSA and grab a slice of pizza and a small thank you gift!

Clothesline Project
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spring Holiday
Apr 2 – Apr 3 all-day
Spring Holiday – No Classes
Apr 2 – Apr 3 all-day
** Good Friday
Apr 3 all-day
** Passover begins at sundown
Apr 3 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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