The NC State College of Education’s land-grant vision is to lead the way in increasing educational opportunities for all and reducing achievement gaps. To fulfill this vision, we must confront racial injustices and build a more diverse, inclusive and supportive community — both within our college and in the field of education. In summer 2020, we created a change agent group to identify additional strategies and actions we, as a college, will take to intensify our efforts in these areas.
College of Education Change Agent Task Force
The Change Agent Task Force is made up of faculty, staff and students within the college who serve as liaisons, experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and advisors whose work encourages and empowers the college community and the next generation of teachers and scholar-leaders to teach and lead in ways that disrupt structural inequities, value diversity and promote systemic change.
"Our mission as a college compels us to be assertive on all fronts to defeat racial ignorance, hatred and oppression. Fulfilling that mission will require
all of us, particularly those of us who are white,
to own that racism is not a problem
that Black people can fix."
- Mary Ann Danowitz, D.Ed.
Dean of the College of Education
Hear from Our Community
Jose A. Picart, Ph.D.
“When I teach, I try to model as much as possible what inclusive instruction and curriculum should look and feel like. Valuing and respecting each student for who they are and what they bring to the learning experience helps create an environment where students can be their authentic selves and feel like they belong.”
Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D.
"In order to work effectively with and on behalf of ALL students, we have to create spaces that are equitable and just for everyone. To do that we have to disrupt the norm that has historically privileged people who hold dominant social identities and oppressed people who fall outside of this mythical norm."
Sarah Cannon, Ph.D.
"I hope my future educators are equity literate – that they are able to identify when inequities are occurring in their classrooms and in the school community at large. I hope my future educators have the tools to be culturally sustaining in their classrooms and to be advocates within the larger school community."
Jessica DeCuir-Gunby, Ph.D.
"There is no quick fix to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially racism. It will require significant investments including time and financial resources. At times it will also be emotionally painful. However, this is the work that we need to do in order to make our community better, which in turn helps us to produce even better educators, leaders and researchers."
Gavin Bell ‘21MED
"The education field is one of the arenas where I have seen significant disparity when it comes to access and student support. In order for this field to be all it can be, there has to be intentional action steps taken beyond just a simple 'representation quota.'"
Being an anti-racist College of Education means, in part, that we will have multiple and repeated opportunities to grapple with and disrupt systems, policies and practices that perpetuate injustices for racial and other marginalized populations. The resources provided here will help shift our frames of reference and expand forms of knowledge; thus, giving us tools and information to disrupt dominant narratives that perpetuate social inequities.
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Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity
The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at NC State seeks to create an experience where everyone, regardless of beliefs, background, orientation or ability, feels at home as part of the Wolfpack. They offer programs, trainings and other initiatives to support the campus community.
UNC System Racial Equity Task Force
The task force examines the legacy of race and racism in North Carolina’s public higher education system, how that history shapes and impacts the experiences of our students, faculty, staff and communities, and arrives at an actionable path forward that will build a culture of inclusion across our institutions.