Campus Community Centers
African American Cultural Center
The mission of the African American Cultural Center is to promote awareness of and appreciation for African American and other African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities.
Founded in 1991 in the only building on NC State’s campus named for an African American, Dr. Augustus M. Witherspoon, the African American Cultural Center is a meeting place that fosters a strong sense of community for African and African-American students, faculty, staff and alumni. We welcome you to attend our programs and events and to visit the Art Gallery and Library in Witherspoon Student Center.
The mission of the NC State GLBT Center is to engage, develop and empower members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and their allies. To fulfill that mission, we help students connect to form social support networks; offer identity-based and health-related information and resources; consult with students individually and collectively on issues related to personal identity and academic success; refer students to a wide variety of resources on campus and in the local community; provide professional and leadership development opportunities; and host educational events and programs.
Our vision is of a campus where students, staff, faculty and alumni feel a shared responsibility to increase their individual understanding of and comfort with diversity, to enhance their ability to connect with members of their own communities, to build coalitions across identity groups and to work collaboratively to raise awareness, promote respect and create a culture where they can advocate for equity, inclusion and social justice on behalf of themselves and others.
Our goals are to foster a safe and inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty and alumni of all genders and sexualities, for individuals exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression and for allies of the GLBT community; to affirm the identities of GLBT and questioning students, staff, faculty and alumni while also acknowledging and helping to raise awareness about the way the lived experiences of GLBT individuals vary and are influenced by their race, religion, ethnicity, age, ability status, social class and other social characteristics; to collaborate with departments, offices and organizations across campus to engage members of the NC State community in conversations about issues of identity, diversity, community building, advocacy and social justice; to promote awareness and provide education with respect to the issues faced by GLBT individuals and their allies to enable members of the campus community to play an active role in helping to combat sexism, genderism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism; to advise administrators on issues related to GLBT campus climate and advocate for inclusive policies and practices; to provide information and resources to help staff and faculty develop GLBT-inclusive work and classroom environments and course curricula; and to maintain an active and engaged community for GLBT and allied students, staff, faculty and alumni of NC State while networking with GLBT groups and organizations in the local area and throughout North Carolina.
For more information about our educational workshops, events, student organizations, resources or support services, visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We are located on the 5th floor of Talley Student Union.
Multicultural Student Affairs
Multicultural Student Affairs researches, designs and implements programs that promote the academic success, retention and graduation of students, with an emphasis on students from historically underrepresented and marginalized ethnic populations. Our programs and services aim to expand students’ horizons while honoring their respective cultural experiences.
Multicultural Student Affairs collaborates with many university organizations to conduct programs to enhance personal, professional and cultural development and student success. Programs and services have included orientation symposia, peer mentoring, heritage month programming, cultural celebrations, academic recognition programs, student leadership development, recruitment and advising.
The mission of the Women’s Center is to be a catalyst and resource to advance gender equity at NC State. We provide programs, opportunities and support services toward the goals of education, advocacy and leadership development.
The Women’s Center provides leadership opportunities through student organizations, alternative spring break trips and volunteer and internship opportunities. Staff in the Women’s Center also serve as direct advocates for survivors of interpersonal violence. Students can speak with an advocate by stopping by the center or calling the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Helpline at 919.515.4444.
See also Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity under Admission and Campus Resources for other units within this office dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion at NC State.