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Native American Culture Night A Resounding Success

The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs' Native American Culture Night, held on the evening of Wednesday, November 7, 2012, provided a memorable kick-off for NC State's commemoration of Native American Heritage Month.

Man dancing at Native American Culture Night

A large crowd of students and staff gathered at the Witherspoon Student Center for an evening of fellowship and feasting. Open to the community, the event began without an announcement of any kind, but instead with a resounding drum beat that began quietly and increased into a meeting call. Assistant Director for Native American Student Affairs Derek Oxendine welcomed the crowd and encouraged the faculty and staff members in attendance to be served first, as it is the custom in Native American culture to pay respect to elders.

After everyone had partaken of a hearty feast of turkey, ham, potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls, and several kinds of pie, a vibrant program of women's and men's native dancing began, performed by members of several tribes of the native American community dressed in full regalia -- traditional Native American dress comprised of bright and colorful garments, feathers and quills, and intricate beaded patterns -- and accompanied by drumming and singing. If you missed this enjoyable event or want to participate in additional Native American Heritage Month activities, please see the event calendar.

Title IX: A 40th Anniversary Celebration

Title IX at NC State - 40th Anniversary logoJoin us for a week-long celebration of Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all university student services and academic programs.

Monday, November 12:
What does Title IX mean to you?
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Brickyard

Join us in the Brickyard to have your photo taken and share your thoughts on what Title IX has meant for you. Photos wil be used in an upcoming display.

Tuesday, November 13:
Title IX Documentary Screening and Discussion, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Auditorium, D.H. Hill Library
Heidi Grappedorf, scholar-in-residence of the Women's Center, will show clips from documentaries and lead a discussion on both the positive ramifications and unintended consequences of the amendment.

Wednesday, November 14:
Title IX Anniversary Panel Discussion, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Assembly Room, D.H. Hill Library
NC State panelists Joanne Woodard, vice provost for Institutional Equity & Diversity, Michelle Lee, associate athletic director, and Heidi Grappendorf, scholar-in-residence of the Women's Center, will discuss Title IX's far-reaching impacts, particularly on women's athletics.

Thursday, November 15:
Women's Basketball Game, 7:00 pm, Reynolds Coliseum, NC State.
Join us as the Wolfpack Women's Basketball team takes on the Longwood Lancers. During the game we will celebrate the achievements of women athletes in NC State's history.

Program attendees will be eligible to win food and drink vouchers for the 11/15 women's basketball game. All programs, except the basketball game, are free an open to the public. To purchase game tickets visit For more information, contact Amy Circosta (919-513-1234). Title IX's 40th Anniversary Celebration is a collaboration between the following partners:

  • NC State Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • Office for Instititional Equity and Diversity (OIED)
  • NCSU Libraries
  • NC State Women's Basketball
  • NC State Women's Center
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OIED's Trammel and Gumpertz Published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

OIED's own Dr. Ming Shi Trammel, ADVANCE Project Coordinater, and Dr. Marcia Gumpertz, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity, wrote an article titled, "Maybe We're Not so Smart: Identifying Subconscious Bias and Micro-Aggressions in Academia" that was published in the November 8 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.