Student Diversity

The focus of student diversity in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) is to provide leadership in the university’s efforts to coordinate, implement, and facilitate a comprehensive array of educational and cultural programs to serve our diverse student body. In addition, student diversity efforts promote cultural competence, cultural interaction, as well as an understanding of and appreciation for diversity throughout the entire university community. Student diversity activities include providing consultation on student recruitment, retention, and success as well as reviewing and recommending changes to university policies, procedures, and regulations to enhance inclusion and promote diversity in the student population.

Multicultural Student Affairs

The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), one aspect of the area of student diversity researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, retention and graduation of students, with an emphasis on African American, Native American and Hispanic students. Many of the programs and services expand students’ cultural horizon while honoring their respective cultural experiences. Multicultural Student Affairs works in conjunction with a number of university departments and colleges to conduct programs related to recruitment, orientation, retention and graduation in addition to academic, personal, professional and cultural development, which foster skills and strategies for being successful at N.C. State.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center is a catalyst and resource that advances gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy, and leadership for the campus community. This is accomplished through education, advocacy and leadership. Through education, the Women’s Center facilitates efforts to ensure equity and opportunity and increase awareness of diversity by providing and supporting programs, services, and research opportunities that focus on gender-related issues. As advocates, they strengthen relationships across diverse groups by providing programs, services, and research opportunities that connect individuals and communities. Through leadership development opportunities, they develop critical thinking and leadership proficiencies that advance gender equity and social justice.

GLBT Center

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trangender Center (GLBT Center) serves the mission of NC State University by creating, maintaining, and strengthening an inclusive and safe campus environment for people of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions. This is accomplished through awareness and educational programs,individual consultation and referral, student organization advisement, advocacy, ally support and development, and community outreach on and off campus. The Center supports success by working to create a campus that is both diverse and inclusive and conducts ongoing assessment to monitor its progress in this regard.

African American Cultural Center

The African American Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for African American and other African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities. The African American Cultural Center stays actively engaged in the academic life of NCSU with programs, resources and services that facilitate the cultural, intellectual and social growth of the entire university community.

Mission, Vision and Goals


The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and diverse intellectual and cultural campus experience related to the mission of North Carolina State University (NC State). The OIED facilitates efforts to ensure equity and opportunity, increases awareness of diversity issues through education, and strengthens relationships across diverse groups. Through these efforts, the OIED promotes cultural competence development, thereby fostering a welcoming and respectful campus. By providing guidance, programming, and outreach to constituent groups and the community, and by adhering to accountability and compliance standards, the OIED prepares NC State students, faculty, and staff for local, state, national, and global collaboration.


To foster an inclusive campus community of students, faculty, and staff who value and inspire personal, academic, and professional excellence.


Cultivate a community in which individuals demonstrate respect toward one another. Facilitate campus efforts to increase participation, retention, and success of students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented groups. Ensure that NC State is an equitable and inclusive environment, one that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. Provide effective awareness and enrichment programming to the NC State community. Work together, as units of the OIED, to provide a unified, campus?wide approach to ensure that students, faculty and staff learn and work within a campus defined by the best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Additional Resources

Disability Services Office

The Disability Services Office (DSO), a part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, collaborates with students to determine reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity. The DSO works with departments throughout the University to assure that the programs and facilities are accessible to every student at NC State.

NC State is committed to providing all students with equal access to educational programs, services and activities. Explore the links at the left to find information on receiving accommodations and services at North Carolina State University. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical or systemic) are invited to contact the DSO to arrange a confidential discussion at 919-515-7653 or

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