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Social Justice

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Our Call to Action

“Becoming an anti-racist college of education represents a never-ending commitment to disrupt and dismantle systemic oppression so that all human beings are reflected and protected within schools and communities. Doing this work is an opportunity for us to imagine and create environments that are equitable and just not only for some of us, but for ALL of us.”

Joy Gaston Gayles

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

Mary Ann Danowitz, D.Ed.

Dean of the College of Education

MESSAGES FROM DEAN MARY ANN DANOWITZ