Diversity Programs & Services
The College of Education is committed to providing students with a welcoming, inclusive environment where students of all backgrounds feel respected, supported and encouraged. To that end, the College of Education seeks to provide our students with opportunities to explore their heritage, celebrate their cultural differences and similarities, and engage in open discussion about how they can become better educators in a diverse world.
The College of Education is proud of its diverse community and seeks to find opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators to collaborate on issues of diversity. The College sponsors and supports a variety of student clubs, academic committees, events, and programs that celebrate our diverse population and the contribution of each group to our campus and our community.
Below is a list of the diversity-related programs, academic resources, clubs, and events that the College supports.
Dedicated Diversity Coordinator
The College of Education is committed to the academic success of our diverse student body and our commitment is shown through our various support initiatives such as the USC "Freshman Advancement" course and a dedicated professional staff member, Allison Mitchall, who monitors the progress of students of color from orientation to graduation.
Association of African-American Student Educators (AAASE)
The mission of the AAASE student club is to enhance the social life, enrich cultural experiences and empower professional development for students of color within the College of Education at NC State through education, service and mentoring. AAASE is open to students of any major. The club hosts a variety of community service projects, fundraising events and cultural workshops to help students of color connect within the College of Education.
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College of Education Diversity Reception
The Diversity reception provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to connect with one another and celebrate the diverse and inclusive environment within the College of Education. Each year, alumni of color are also invited back to network with current students, faculty and administrators.
The VISION newsletter is published bi-monthly as a resource for the multicultural student community in the College of Education. VISION includes highlights of student successes, articles of interest to future educators, upcoming events, diversity issues and more. The newsletter is designed by the College’s Diversity Coordinator and features articles often written by current College of Education students.
The College of Education hosts a variety of workshops and lectures on diversity-related topics. Past presenters have included Judge Howard Manning on the Leandro Case, Dr. Derek Greenfield, motivational speaker, who presented on “Hip Hop Culture,” Maria Rosa Rangel on Latinos in the Schools, Dr. Karolyn Tyson on Integration & Curriculum Tracking and Dr. Dwight Pearson on Promoting Academic Success for African-American Males. The College has also hosted panel discussions on a range of educational equity topics such as Neighborhood Schools and Bussing; the movie "Waiting for Superman" and more!
COMID (Council on Multicultural Initiatives & Diversity)
COMID (Council on Multicultural Initiatives & Diversity) formed in 2007 to support and stimulate a climate that nurtures and values diversity in the College of Education; build and maintain a diverse faculty, staff, administrator and student community; and prepare educations as citizens of the world. The group is comprised of faculty, administrators, deans and student representatives. This committee serves as a sounding board for diversity issues and concerns within the college.
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Valerie N. Faulkner, Ph.D.
LIFT (Leadership Institute for Future Teachers)
The Leadership Institute for Future Teachers is a one-week residential program for rising high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in pursuing teaching as a career. The overall goal of LIFT is to respond to the critical need for teachers of color in North Carolina.
LIFT participants are tracked during their senior year and are afforded opportunities to apply for scholarships and to participate in outreach activities. Each participant receives monthly emails and a final survey regarding career choice and university selection. LIFT students entering NCSU are tracked until degree completion.
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The College of Education awards numerous competitive scholarships per academic year aimed at attracting and retaining quality students. For instance, the Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship is awarded to up to 10 first-year and transfer students from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated leadership and special achievement through high school and community service.
Other Campus Diversity Programs
African American Symposium
The African-American Symposium is a summer educational and transitional experience sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for in-coming African-American first-year students and to provide them with information about campus resources, support personnel, coping strategies and African-American cultural heritage and contributions as a basis for helping ensure their academic and social-emotional success at NC State. Visit this webpage for more information: African American Symposium
The Hispanic/Latino Symposium is a summer educational and transitional experience sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs' Office of Hispanic Student Affairs. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies and Hispanic/Latino heritage and contributions as a basis for helping to ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State. Visit this webpage for more information: Hispanic/Latino Symposium
Native American Symposium
The Native American Symposium is summer transition experience sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Native American Student Affairs. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies and Native American heritage and contributions as a basis for helping ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State. Visit the webpage below for more information: Native American Symposium
Freshman Honors Convocation
The Freshman Honors Convocation recognizes African American, Native American and Hispanic/Latino first year students who achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average during their first semester at NC State. We are proud to have consistently honored 40% or more of these freshman classes for the last 6 years. The convocation has expanded over the years to include the families of student honorees. In addition, awards are presented to the colleges that have 50% or more of their combined first year African American, Native American and Hispanic students to achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average.
Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentor Program targets first-year African American, Native American and Hispanic students. The primary objective of the program is to contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional and social adjustments to college. Any first year student can request to be served by an upper class mentor through the Peer Mentor Program. Any upper class student with a 2.5 or greater total grade point average can apply to serve as a mentor.
We Connect Now
The primary objective of We Connect Now @ NCSU is to serve both as a support network for NCSU students with disabilities and as an instrument for enhancing the understanding of and appreciation for students with disabilities throughout the campus community. Additionally, this chapter will provide a mentoring network between graduate students and undergraduate students with disabilities.
For more information about Diversity Resources in the College of Education, please contact Allison Mitchall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-513-4120.
Additional Campus Resources