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."Professor Joy Gaston Gayles Delivers Call to Action
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
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."
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.”
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."
Jamison Lowery ‘22MED
“Having those folks you can look up to inspires you to be able to persist and keep on doing what you aspire to do. This is especially true when you don’t share the same advantages as those around you."
George Dou ’22MED
"For those of us who hold marginalized identities and have to navigate systemic racism and oppression, it can be difficult and reignite scars of the past during our pursuit of anti-racist education. Hold your passion for the necessary work required to create a more equitable world, but also remember to hold space for yourself too."
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.'"
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. 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."
Lisa Bass, Ph.D.
"When we work to find out what diverse populations need in order to be successful and devote our work toward meeting those needs, then diverse populations will begin to perform to their potential, and we will one day see equality. Especially if we do not stop until we have worked to meet all of the different needs."
Crystal Chen Lee, Ed.D.
"As an educator, it is important for me that all students are able to bring their full humanity to the classroom and to their work. I believe that when students are invited to bring in their multiple languages, cultures and experiences into our classrooms, DEI will become both a framework and foundation to the teaching and learning happening in educational spaces."
Caranda Shubrick ’24PHD
"I serve as the campaign director for the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities. My spiritual beliefs and practices, community and life-giving relationships undergird my actions, perspectives and interactions with others as I engage in diversity, equity, inclusion and justice work in education and society at large."
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.
We would like to honor the land beneath us. North Carolina State University sits on land that was originally stewarded by two Indigenous tribes: the Tuscarora and the Catawba tribes.
We honor these tribes today by recognizing that this institution of higher education is built on land stolen from those who were here before the colonizers arrived. Additionally, this land has borne witness to over 400 years of the enslavement, torture, and systematic mistreatment of African people and their descendants.
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