Welcome to the Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State University! This office is responsible for implementing successful diversity and inclusion programs and initatives within the College and with our University cohorts on institutional campus efforts.
The CALS ODA views "Diversity" as an all-encompassing term because people are members of more than one community simultaneously and live multiple, layered identities. These multiple layers include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and/or other ideologies. A unique individual is produced at the intersection of these identities; an individual that we welcome, respect, and celebrate.
We are pleased to annouce that as of July, 2016, the ODA will join CALS Academic Programs Office. This union will ultimately strengthen CALS overall diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. The existing partnership between offices is strengthened by this new model and brings lots of promise for opportunities that will amplify outputs from goals shared by both units. For example, our combined efforts in striving for equity in education access to students from rural and underrepresented backgrounds as well as closing the student achievement gap will expand our practice of inclusive academic excellence.
The ODA 2016-17 campaign is "Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Inclusion and Equity." We are cultivating an inclusive community by involvement, respect, and connecting the diverse populations together in CALS such that ideas and perspectives are valued. We explore and propose ways to improve organizational culture and quality of life for faculty, staff, and students in the CALS community.
The ODA invites you to actively contribute to this effort. We welcome the oppourtunity to discuss your ideas, concerns, and/or questions.
Please contact us at:
Dr. Alex Graves
Ms. LaTosha Bradley
Alex Graves, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Office of Diversity Affairs
Associate Professor of Soil and Environmental Microbiology
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences