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).

Dr. C. Ellen Washington of the Women’s Center Presents at Gender Summit 5, Capetown, South Africa

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.

Dr. C. Ellen WashingtonThe 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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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.

Launch of 2015 Connect With NC State Contest
Aug 2 all-day
The Fannie Lou Hamer Story Honorarium
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

When: Monday, August 03, 2015 10:00 AM-10:30 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: Telephone

Note: The GMT offset above does not reflect daylight saving time adjustments.


Greetings Jasmine,
Healing Through Sound Music, Inc. would like to thank you for choosing to learn more about how to be a part of our 50th Commemorative Tour by bringing our Award Winning One-Woman Stage Play, The Fannie Lou Hamer Story to your campus. You are scheduled to speak with Mr. Djehuty Se Hotep, our Business Development Manager August 3, 2015. He will call you @ (919) 515-3835 to discuss the honorarium and hopefully secure a date for your performance. In order to be better prepared for our appointment please review our proposal and visit and click on the Endorsement Tab to Read Impressions of Personal Friends of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, some of the Who’s Who of the Civil Rights Era.

The Movement Continues,
Ms. Tee
We feature an Award Winning 90-minute One Woman Stage Play Performance of Storytelling, poignantly inspiring songs of the Civil Rights Era and a video montage celebrating an unsung sheroe of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer.

The Ghanaian word Sankofa literally means “to go back and get it,” This image reminds us to Remember our Past so We Do Not Repeat our Mistakes,

Therese Perkins
Healing Through Sound Music, Inc.
Administrative Assistant to Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye
Therese Perkins
Direct: (347)395-0259

Symposium for Multicultural Scholars (Times TBA)
Aug 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Symposium for Multicultural Scholars (Times TBA)
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival
Aug 14 – Aug 22 all-day

For information about films and tickets, visit

Symposium for Multicultural Scholars (Time TBA)
Aug 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
GLBT Symposium
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The GLBT Symposium is a half-day welcome and community-building experience designed to provide incoming students with information about the GLBT Center, annual events, and ways to get involved. Students will learn about GLBT student organizations on campus, opportunities to volunteer through the GLBT Center, and the GLBT resources in the local community. Incoming students will also connect with each other, with returning students, and with GLBT faculty and staff. This annual event is a great way for students to make new friends, enjoy free food, and have some fun. Both lunch and dinner will be provided for all participants. To register, visit

Campus Community Centers Open House
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
GLBT Center Open House
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the GLBT Center, Women’s Center, and Multicultural Student Affairs as we host our annual Open House. Come tour our new spaces in Talley, meet our staff, learn about our upcoming programs, and find out how you can get involved! Refreshments will be provided in each Center.

OIED Joint Open House in Talley
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Campus Connections
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come learn more about the GLBT Center at the annual Campus Connections! Stop by our table and pick up a brochure, ask about our student organizations, or learn about our new VIP Program.

Mi Placita
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Women Faculty Networking Hour
Aug 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All are welcome! This is a no-host monthly networking hour, coordinated by the Association of Women Faculty. We hope you will come out to meet and welcome new colleagues and reconnect with old friends. Come at any time between 4:30-6:30 and look for the Women Faculty Networking Hour sign.

We will be collecting donations for NC State’s Feed the Pack Pantry ( at our first networking hour on Friday, August 21st. The most needed items include beverages, condiments, canned fruit, breakfast/snack items, grains, and personal hygiene products. Members of the Association of Women Faculty Steering Team will coordinate delivering the donations to the pantry.

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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