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Pack IDEAs Student Spotlight: Caranda Shubrick ’24PHD

Caranda Shubrick

In each edition of Pack IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access), a newsletter released by the NC State College of Education Change Agent Task Force, we highlight faculty, students and alumni who have expertise and experiences that align with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the college. In becoming an anti-racist college community, we must deepen our commitment to creating and sustaining a healthy teaching and learning community that uplifts the humanity of all people, but especially Black, Indigenous and people of color, who due to structural inequities are marginalized in education and society. The spotlight feature offers a counternarrative that celebrates and showcases the brilliance of individuals within our college community.

Caranda Shubrick ’24PHD
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development in the higher education program area of study

What is your current role in the NC State College of Education? I am a first-year doctoral student in the higher education program area of study. I also serve as the graduate research assistant for the College of Education Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

How do you practice wellness while engaging in the work of diversity, equity and inclusion in education? My Christian faith, which is steeped in womanist ecclesiology and Black liberation theology, is foundational along with the African philosophy of Ubuntu: I am because we are. Daily, I intentionally devote time for prayer, meditation and reflection, and incorporate elements such as bells, essential oils, and 17th and 18th century classical music. Additionally, engaging in the therapeutic process and life-coaching over the last 15-plus years provides the framework, strategies and safe spaces to reveal, understand, embrace and celebrate myself holistically. 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.

Are there community projects and/or initiatives you are involved in that are related to diversity, equity and inclusion? If so, tell me about those projects. I serve as the campaign director for the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC CRED). There are 42 Confederate monuments across North Carolina on courthouse grounds. The goal of the campaign is to remove all Confederate monuments.