The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) has formed a National Diversity Advisory Board (NDAB) comprised of distinguished NC State alumni and friends. The NDAB was first convened in May 2013 for the purpose of gathering a group of influential leaders in a range of diverse professions, with an affinity to NC State and a vested interest in helping to guide diversity programs and initiatives at the University.
At its initial meeting, NDAB members received an introduction to OIED, each other, and NDAB's purpose. The day-long meeting included overviews of OIED and its units, which include Equal Opportunity and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Student Affairs, the African American Cultural Center, the GLBT Center, and the Women's Center. The day closed with strategic planning. The Board convened again on November 1, 2013, just before NC State Homecoming weekend. The November meeting included remarks from NC State Provost Warwick Arden, the Pack's PACT program, and NC State's Partnership with Historically Underutilized Businesses/Minority Business Enterprise. The day concluded with a tour of Hunt Library's state-of-the-art facilities and committee meetings.
Joanne Woodard, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, explained that "the National Diversity Advisory Board is a 'best practice' promoting diversity and inclusion in academe. The board members are sincere in helping NC State to be an inclusive environment for discovery, learning, and civic engagement that celebrates diverse people with diverse talents. Our office had enthusiastic response from alumni and supporters who agreed to join the Board and give of their 'time, talent and treasure.' While our office has a number of advisory boards comprised of NC State faculty, staff, and students, the National Diversity Advisory Board provides a valuable perspective from stakeholders external to the university who are committed to supporting the mission of NC State as well as giving to OIED's Diversity and Equity Fund."
The Board meets on campus semi-annually to stay up to date on current developments of OIED and its collaborators, to establish and enhance relationships with and within the University, and to offer perspectives and resources in the areas of equity and diversity. NDAB members hail from many professions and locations.
The inaugural Board members are: Angela Caraway, Founder and President, The Caraway Management Group, Inc. , Raleigh, North Carolina and Founder and President, The Caraway Foundation, Ansonville, North Carolina; Angela Carroll, Director, Medical Affairs - Dermatology, GlaxoSmithKline; Tony Caravano, Vice President of Education for Higher Education Strategic Initiatives, Compass Group USA; Teresa Cunningham-Brown, Senior Director of Recruitment and Retention, Wake County Public School System; Latricia Frederick, Human Resources, Cisco Corporation; Liz Riley Hargrove, Associate Dean for Admissions, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Dena King, Attorney, North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, Raleigh, North Carolina; Monica Leach (NDAB co-chair), Associate Professor of Social Work and Faculty Diversity Liaison for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, NC State University; Darryl Lester (NDAB co-chair), Assistant Director, African American Cultural Center, NC State University and Adjunct Professor, Executive Masters in Public Administration Program, North Carolina Central University; Mary Malaythong, Department Manager for Education, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Lance Mangum, Senior Federal Affairs Representative, FedEx Corporation, Washington, D.C.; Josh Rainer, Expion Software; Angela DeLuca Thompson, Project Manager and Systems Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD; Joanne G. Woodard (NDAB co-chair), Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity and faculty member, Department of History, NC State University; and John York, Senior Associate Analytical Consultant for Security Intelligence Solutions, SAS Institute.
For more information about NC State's National Diversity Advisory Board, please contact NDAB co-chair Joanne Woodard.