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About Our Office


Nashia Whittenburg
Director, Multicultural Student Affairs

Leah N. Young, M.S. Ed.
Assistant Director,
African American Student Affairs

Marcela Torres-Cervantes, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Engagement


The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) 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.


Target populations for Multicultural Student Affairs are determined by differences in retention and graduation rates for historically underrepresented groups, as well as anticipated demographic shifts regionally and nationally. Any NC State student can access programs and services through Multicultural Student Affairs.

In achieving its mission, Multicultural Student Affairs is made up of 3 units:

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