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).

Undergrad Tolu Oyelowo Shines Nationally

Tolu OyelowoToluwalope Oyelowo, a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering, recently visited OIED. Toluwalope (known as Tolu to her friends) has been active in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), since her first year at NC State, moving from general member to chapter executive board member in her second year, then regional executive board member as a junior and will serve as national academic excellence chair in the coming year.

In addition to this stellar accomplishment, Tolu has also served as Afrikan American Student Advisory Council (AASAC) chair, engineering ambassador, and as a mentor with the Peer Mentor Program and the START mentoring program in the College of Engineering. She enjoys singing and dancing and has participated in the African Student Union dance team. She is also a member of the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and enjoys reading when she can. Tolu plans to go on to earn her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with the goals of becoming a researcher and professor in the field. We wish Tolu continued success in all her endeavors!

Do you know a star student, staff or faculty member that you would like to see featured in the Digest? Let us know!

See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.

Show Your OIED Sticker on Social Media, Get ‘Postered’!

OIED publicity sticker with Twitter handle @NCStateOIEDVisit one of our campus community centers starting this week: the African American Cultural Center, the GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, or the Women’s Center to pick up one of the new OIED stickers until supplies run out.

Show us your sticker on Twitter with #DiversityMatters @NCState and tell us why diversity matters to you, and you may be selected to appear in our upcoming Diversity Matters poster and billboard campaign!

See the full Diversity Digest for this article and more.


Learning to Be Vulnerable

Illustration of a maskGarry Morgan, associate director of diversity programs in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, recently spent a week with students and staff at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL) with the LeaderShape Institute. Here he explores one of the lessons he learned from the week.

“Vulnerability.” The term is often used as a buzzword in diversity, inclusion and counseling circles. During the Institute, LeaderShape participants provided unique insight regarding the embodiment of vulnerability.

In most dictionaries, “vulnerability” is defined as being open to physical harm or damage, or susceptible to emotional injury. Both descriptions are riddled with negativity and provide a clear understanding as to why people shy away from anything that would be associated with this word. Why would someone be willing to agree to physical and emotional harm?

We all have those aspects of ourselves which we keep from the eyes of others. However, what if these pieces of us allow others to see us as the complex, dynamic and wonderful people we are? The UWL faculty and students exposed the shards of ourselves that we often used in the past to cut others, or to keep others from engaging on any level that provided meaningful connection.

Not all students were willing to dive into the sharing process from the start; however, by day six, they all found their way into the vulnerability pool. So, what happened during the Institute? Something magical? Mystical? Unnatural? No. The only thing that occurred is that 60 people decided that the people who stood in front of them were more important than anything else they could have been doing. Each person took the time to listen and see the humanity in others, and by sharing their humanity, granted others the opportunity to expose their imperfect shards, free of judgment. One of the students talked about being afraid to “show people the real me.” In everyday life, this fear is palpable. It keeps us avoiding human connection and also, distant from the ability to know others deeply. So, to that end, James Baldwin is quoted as saying, “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” From this point forward – masks down.

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

Annual Ebony Harlem Awards Program
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Presented in partnership with Multicultural Student Affairs.

Ebony Harlem Awards
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Reading Days
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day
Reading Days
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day
Asian/Asian American Community
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We had a great first gathering on November 24. The Asian/Asian American faculty-staff community will meet on the LAST Monday of each month at 1:00pm in 2301 of the Student Health Center. (Please note that the last Monday of March is March 30.)
I look forward to seeing you there.


Transcending and Connecting Trans* Counseling Group
Apr 27 @ 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.

Apr 29 – May 1 all-day
Final Exams
Apr 29 – May 7 all-day
Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) Graduation
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

RSVP is required for this event.

Mi Placita
Apr 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Drop-In Counseling Hours – Kathleen
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A licensed Counselor from the NCSU Counseling Center will be at the GLBT Center every Thursday afternoon for walk-in appointments, consultations, and scheduling of appointments.

May 4 – May 7 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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