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).
C. Ellen Washington was invited to present at the Gender Summit 5 in Cape Town, South Africa on April 25-29, 2015. The Gender Summit platform was introduced to the continent by a partnership of regional research funders led by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Partners in South Africa included the Department of Science and Technology, the Department for Women and the National Research Council, as well as Howard University, USA.
The GS5-Africa was received with enthusiastic response from all the participants, who welcomed the idea of applying the gender lens to improve research and development outcomes and the idea that actions must be evidence-based and consensus-led. The event attracted energetic interest from South Africa’s media, with many speakers invited to take part in TV interviews and radio call-in programs.
Dr. Washington’s presentation focused on “Women of the African Diaspora in STEM Leadership.” Women of the African diaspora represent one of the fastest growing and richest pools of untapped talent in the academic STEM disciplines in the United States. The urgent need for widening their rates of participation in STEM is fueled by projections that global labor markets will require greater expansions in science and engineering than in any other sector in the 21st century.
There is also a need to cultivate the kind of talent in these fields that possesses an affinity for and cultural sensitivity to historically underserved communities. However, in U.S. institutions of higher education, women of color remain underrepresented in STEM. Recent evidence suggests that the retention of more women faculty and administrators of color would provide the kind of same-gender/same-race mentoring that could not only redress these trends, but also yield strong psychosocial support, better career outcomes for minority women students and global equity.
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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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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.