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Erin Meachum

Mar 9, 2021

Scholarship Support Helps Erin Meachum ‘23PHD Pursue Her Career Aspirations of Being a Higher Education Administrator, Creating and Changing Policy

When Erin Meachum ‘23PHD started her undergraduate studies, she had no intention of becoming a teacher. After volunteering at local literacy centers, teaching English overseas, teaching ESL at local community colleges and joining the Ag Institute at NC State, Meachum realized her true passion for the field of education. Now, financial support has allowed her to pursue her career aspiration of becoming a higher education administrator. 

Professor Joy Gaston Gayles explains how educators can promote equity in their schools

Feb 25, 2021

Ask the Expert: How Can Educators Help Advance Equity in Schools? ‘We Have to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable So That We Can Disrupt, Better Learn and Understand What’s Problematic Within Ourselves and in our Society,’ Says Professor Joy Gaston Gayles

Many schools and universities boast a diverse student body, but simply having diversity is not the same as providing an equitable educational experience for students across all backgrounds, says Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D., professor of higher education and senior advisor for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the NC State College of Education. She explains how educators can become change agents and engage in anti-racist work that can help create more equitable experiences for all. 

NC State College of Education Professor Joy Gaston Gayles

Feb 9, 2021

Pack IDEAs Faculty Spotlight: Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D.

In the February 2021 edition of Pack IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access), a newsletter released by the NC State College of Education Change Agent Task Force, we highlighted the work of Professor and Senior Advisor for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D., in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Chelsea Smith

Dec 14, 2020

My Student Experience: Doctoral Student Chelsea Smith ‘22PHD Shares the Challenges in Higher Education for Formerly Incarcerated College Students as Co-author of Recently Published Article

Chelsea Smith ‘22PHD, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, and human development in the higher education program area of study, recently co-authored an article on the experiences of formerly incarcerated college students which was published in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. 

Wolf statue and the Park Alumni Center.

Dec 7, 2020

CARES Act Funding Helps Graduate Students in the College of Education’s Higher Education Program Enhance Training to Become Virtual Student Success Coaches

From Dec. 7-11, 2020, master’s students in the NC State College of Education’s Higher Education Program will receive enhanced training to become virtual student success coaches who can support undergraduate students through remote learning situations. 

Victoria Chavis

Nov 17, 2020

Pack IDEAs Student Spotlight: Victoria Chavis ‘23PHD

In the November 2020 edition of Pack IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access), a newsletter released by the NC State College of Education Change Agent Task Force, we celebrated Native American Heritage Month. Victoria Chavis ‘23PHD was one of three Native American students who discussed the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in education. 

Higher Education Alumni

Sep 24, 2020

Higher Education Alumni to Serve on Inaugural Editorial Board for Journal of First-generation Student Success

Four higher education doctoral program alumni -- Sonja Ardoin ‘13PHD, Ashley Clayton ‘16PHD, Jemilia Davis ‘19PHD, and Darris Means ‘14PHD -- will serve on the 19-member inaugural editorial board for the Journal of First-generation Student Success. 

NC State College of Education Professor Joy Gaston Gayles

Aug 27, 2020

Professor Joy Gaston Gayles Named President-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

Joy Gaston Gayles, Ph.D., professor of higher education and senior advisor for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the NC State College of Education, has been named president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study. 

Sonja Ardoin

Aug 19, 2020

Higher Education Alumna Creates White Anti-Racist Educators Reading Group in Effort to Generate Action Toward More Equitable Learning and Working Environments

In an effort to generate action toward more equitable learning and working environments, Sonja Ardoin ‘13PHD and a few of her professional colleagues decided to create the White Anti-Racist Educators Reading Group, a summer book club and learning experience. 

Meet Our Incoming Students

Aug 18, 2020

Meet Our Incoming Students: Three of Our Newest Graduate Students

The NC State College of Education welcomed over 450 graduate students this fall. Meet three of the college’s newest graduate students -- each of them coming from various backgrounds and professions.