The Women’s Center directly serves all students at NC State while also serving as a resource, connection, and partner for faculty and staff at the institution. We take an intersectional approach to serving the campus community. Our practices are social constructivist in nature and rooted in social justice education and trauma informed care.
Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote, Director
Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote currently serves as the Director of the Women’s Center. She has been on campus at NC State for over 12 years, serving first as Assistant then Associate Director for University Housing prior to beginning her role with the Women\’s Center in July 2016. Originally from New York, Lisa received her BA in History with Minors in Women’s Studies and Political Science and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University in Long Island. Before moving to North Carolina, Lisa worked for the Office of Residence Life at Syracuse University. Gender Equity, Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Violence prevention and support have been focal points and passion areas for Lisa throughout her career.
Angela Gay, Assistant Director
Angela believes in the spirit of doing as evoked by Audre Lorde, Black feminist, lesbian, warrior, poet. Joining the Women’s Center team, Angela brings with her a wealth of experience as a student affairs practitioner, focused on student training and development, and as a counselor weaving Black feminist and womanist ideologies into every step towards authenticity and actualization.
Janine Kossen, Associate Director
Janine’s work at the Women’s Center focuses on interpersonal violence services, including prevention efforts, programming and outreach, student leadership development, partnership and collaboration, as well as direct advocacy services for students. As a lawyer and public health professional, Janine specializes in racial, social, and reproductive justice, sexual health, international human rights, and public policy and advocacy. A self-described political nerd and policy wonk, Janine is also known for her competitive spirit and her unquenchable thirst for travel and exploration.
Carlyn Wright-Eakes, Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education Coordinator
Carlyn will be providing survivor support and advocacy, conducting interpersonal violence prevention education programming across the university, and advising The Movement Peer Educators student group. In each facet of her role, she will be working with campus and community stakeholders to raise awareness about interpersonal violence, including relationship violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
Antoinette Norton, Administrative Support Specialist
Antoinette Norton has joined the Women’s Center as an administrative support specialist, bringing extensive NC State experience. She previously worked as a financial manager for one of the largest departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and has multiple years of managerial contracts and grants experience. From 2014-2015, Norton also served on the NC State Staff Senate as the external affairs chairman. The following quote by Mahatma Ghandi epitomizes her philosophy of service: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”