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NC State Leads in Promoting Diversity

Students prepare to paint at Respect the Pack, an annual event where students, faculty and staff share inclusive messages at the Free Expression Tunnel.

NC State has been named a national leader in promoting diversity and inclusion on campus.

NC State is one of 88 universities to receive a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. INSIGHT is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The HEED award recognizes universities whose diversity and inclusion efforts show a broad understanding of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, military service, disabilities, membership in the LGBT community and more.

The award honors NC State for its commitment to help students from underrepresented groups succeed. That effort starts before enrollment, with admissions events targeting students from underrepresented groups. It continues the first week of freshman year, with community-specific orientation symposia sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs, and carries on to graduation, with peer mentorship and other programs.

Students who participate in the African American, Native American and Hispanic symposia have higher first-year grade-point averages than those who don’t, according to the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

NC State’s academic offerings also reflect a strong commitment to diversity, with degree programs in Africana studies and women’s and gender studies, and a minor in Native American studies. All NC State students take at least one course focused on diversity within the United States and another with an international focus.

The HEED award also lauds the university’s efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff members and to promote awareness of the value of diversity on campus.

Other recipients of the 2014 HEED award include Cornell University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“We hope the HEED award serves as a way to honor those institutions of higher education that recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion as part of their everyday campus culture,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

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  1. Though I salute this achievement, the DECLINE of African American students admitted to NCSU continues to drop drastically. Over the last several years, the data I’ve found on the NCSU sites confirms this pattern. I am an African American mother and though I have one recent NCSU graduate and one undergraduate junior, I am still amazed at the low number of African American students admitted year after year.

    As a college advisor who encourages students of all races, I do all I can to help them understand the process and the importance of making strong grades in challenging courses and pursuing leadership where they find their passions. I also teach SAT and ACT to help students achieve their best scores.

    I do all I can to hide my discouragement that some of my African American students may never make it in the doorway of this great institution.