The following instructors teach the many OIED workshops featured on this website.
Lucille B. (Luci) Bearon, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Adult Development/Aging Specialist, is a sociologist with 40 years in the field of gerontology, received her doctorate from Duke University in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She joined the faculty at NC State in 1995 to provide support to the counties on issues related to older adults and their families. Her focus areas are successful and healthy aging, family caregiving for older adults, and grandparents raising grandchildren. She teaches graduate courses on Gerontology in Family Life Education and Family Relationships over the Life Course for the Masters degree program in Family Life and Youth Development. She represents NC Cooperative Extension on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, has been an expert panelist for the Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregiving, and is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Elizabeth Behringer has been working in the Office of International Services since 2000 in various roles, including Programs Coordinator and currently as an International Student and Scholar Advisor. She has a Masters degree in International Studies awarded by NC State University with a focus in international programs administration. She has lived abroad 2 years in France as both a student and English instructor and has enjoyed traveling abroad to destinations such as Morocco, Costa Rica, Turkey, and throughout western Europe.
Mr. James Benton, Sr. was born in Asheville, NC, on April 14, 1958 to James Luther Benton and Mary Alice Benton. He resided there until the age of seven, when he began attending school at The Governor Morehead School (GMS) for the Blind on the Garner Road campus. He lost most of his sight at an early age and began attending GMS when it was apparent that he could no longer attend public school. At Governor Morehead, he learned Braille, social skills, and regular academic studies. Upon his graduation from Governor Morehead in June of 1978, He attended Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, where he majored in Social Welfare and Urban Studies. His career spans the community widely. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
- manager of the division of services for the Blind Business Enterprise snack bar;
- customer service representative, guest services representative, and staff trainer for Holiday Inn Hotels;
- community employment specialist, The Governor Morehead School for the Blind, (current position, responsible for assisting students and adults in obtaining employment and training);
- chairperson, Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities;
- president, The Raleigh Blind Bowlers Association; president, The Carolina Bowling Alliance; second vice president, American Blind Bowler’s Association;
- member of TTA Advisory Board, Raleigh Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Jordyne Blaise, Esq., works as the Equal Opportunity Officer in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. She earned her B.A. in English from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. Jordyne specializes in program development and training as it relates to civil rights law and policy, with a focus on intersectionality and the influence of cultural bias in employment.
Jill G. Blitstein is the International Employment Manager at North Carolina State University and has over 15 years of immigration experience. Her current position involves assisting departments, faculty and staff with immigration and visa issues, and overseeing the employment eligibility verification process and compliance procedures at NC State University. Jill received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1995 and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Prior to joining NC State, she was an Associate/Senior Associate at the Chicago Office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, a global immigration law firm, from 1997 to 2007. She has provided training to HR and legal professionals on various immigration topics, including non-immigrant classifications, permanent residence, visa and travel issues, and employment eligibility verification and compliance. Jill has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1998.
Willa J. Casstevens, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at NC State University. Professional experiences include fifteen years in the community mental health arena. Her primary area of interest is mental health, with a focus on alternative treatments, advocacy and prevention. Many of her publications focus on mental health practice and symptoms framed around theoretical approaches that include cognitive, post-modern and critical perspectives. Current research involves suicide prevention on campus, and psychiatric clubhouse model programs.
Amy Circosta, J.D., is the Assistant Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity in the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity at NC State University. Her position involves investigating and resolving complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment at the University through both informal and formal procedures, as well as educating the campus community about unlawful harassment. Before coming to NC State, she served as ombudsman for San Diego State University. As ombudsman, she provided a confidential and independent resource for conflict resolution on campus. Ms. Circosta earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona and is licensed to practice law in California.
Tom Colclough began his career with the EEOC in 1988. In 1989, he became an investigator. In 1998, he was promoted to the position of enforcement supervisor. In February 2005, he became the local director of the Greensboro local office. In October 2006, he was promoted to the position of area director in the Raleigh area office. As director the Raleigh area office, Mr. Colclough provides guidance and direction to support the EEOC’s national and local enforcement plans. His office model ensures that employees focus on the Commission’s top priorities, and he works to motivate all employees to work together on common goals. Colclough also works closely with the district director and other management staff within the Charlotte district. Colclough graduated from Saint Augustine’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He also served in the military (active and reserve) for 23 years and retired from the North Carolina National Guard in 2005 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Shawn Colvin currently serves as chairman of the City of Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board (FHHB). Mr. Colvin has worked in real estate for the past eight years and has served on FHHB since 2010. He also works for Video Communication Services within Distance Education & Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at NC State which produces and delivers distance education courses from NC State’s media-rich classrooms, and provides video production services and broadcast infrastructure for the university.
L. Richard (Rick) Della Fave
A New Jersey native, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in film production from New York University, and then went on for his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in sociology of Fordham University and Virginia Tech, and he has spent the last thirty-six years of a forty-two academic career at North Carolina State University. In his time there he has taught courses on race and class inequality in addition to sociological theory at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He has published numerous articles in sociological journals and is the author of the book, Race and Revolution. In his teaching and writing he has focused not only on the injustices resulting from inequality but has also explored alternative forms of social organization designed to eradicate those inequalities. In 2001 he was named Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor. Upon his retirement in 2011 he was named Professor Emeritus of Sociology at NCSU.
Jeffrey D. Dillman
Is the Co-Director of the Fair Housing Project at Legal Aid of North Carolina. From 2005-2011, he was the Executive Director of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center, a non-profit fair housing organization in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught and supervised students int he civil and immigration law clinics from 2002 to 2005. He has also taught in the clinical program at the University of Dayton School of Law and was a supervising attorney for the Asylum and Refugee Law Project at the University of Michigan School of Law. For six years, Mr. Dillman was in private practice in Michigan, with a practice focusing on prison civil rights litigation. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
Tia Marie Doxey
Versatile… intense… exciting… innovative… and dynamic are the terms used to describe Tia Marie Doxey. Ms. Doxey is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelors of Music. She also received a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Higher Education from NC State. Tia Marie Doxey with more than twelve years of high education administration experience has worked at Old Dominion University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and NC State University. Ms. Doxey, also an actor and singer, has performed in several operas and portrayed Mama Lena in “Raisin in the Sun” at NC State. Committed to educating others about cross-culture communication, diversity, white privilege, and coalition building, Ms. Doxey shares her inspirational and entertaining messages with associations, conferences, corporations, schools, and churches. She is currently Director of Student Life Assessment at NC Central University and the campus affiliate director for the NC Central affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI).
Ursula Hairston moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University where she received her B.A. in Psychology. She worked for a non-profit organization that served adults with developmental disabilities, then returned to Wake Forest to work in alumni affairs. In 2000, she received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and embarked on a 10 year career in Human Resources. Hairston worked in training, recruitment services, and organization development for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. She worked as the Human Resources Director for the NC Office of State Budget & Management and the Office of the Governor for over six years. Hairston has always enjoyed training and has had a passion for student and career development work. She joined NC State’s newly realigned Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity in December 2010, where she conducts complaint investigations, assists with EPA search committees and university-wide equal opportunity programming, and has the opportunity to engage and conduct prevention and awareness workshops for faculty, students, and staff.
Jodi Hall, MSW, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor at NC State University. Professional experiences include child welfare, public heath social work, and human services staff development. Her areas of interest include low wealth families, child welfare and social work field education, and her research is framed around critical race theory and social justice. Publications focus on African American families and older adults. She is the Director of MSW Field Education in the Department of Social Work.
Elizabeth James is the Director of the Office of International Services. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience in working with international students and scholars at the University of Evansville, Indiana University, the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in addition to having studied abroad in England, Spain, and Scotland. Prior to joining NC State, Elizabeth was an Associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, a national labor and employment firm where she practiced immigration law. Elizabeth has extensive experience in presenting on issues impacting international students, scholars, and employees and is an active member of NAFSA Association of International Educators and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Ashley Simons-Rudolph, Ph.D., is the director of the NC State Women’s Center in the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity at NC State University. She is an NC State alumna and earned her Ph.D. in Gender and Social Policy from The George Washington University in Washington DC. Dr. S-R has been teaching online in the NC State Women’s and Gender Studies department since 2003 and most recently taught at the American University in Cairo. She has over 20 years of experience in gender equity-related education, research, and advocacy.
Beverly Jones Williams
Beverly Jones Williams, Director of Outreach and Education in the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity, has worked at NC State for many years in various positions. In her first position in University Housing, she lived on campus and worked directly with students. In 1988, she left NC State to take a position as area coordinator at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She later returned to NC State as the assistant director in University Housing. After working in housing, Ms. Williams made a shift into training as a training and development specialist in Human Resources. In 2000, she moved to the Office for Equal Opportunity (now the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity) where she directs the Equal Opportunity Institute and NCBI.