NC State University logo

Walk to End Lupus Now!

Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. The Lupus Foundation of America calls Lupus a “cruel mystery” because it is often hidden from view, has a wide range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause or cure. According to the U.S. Department of Health, some groups of people have higher rates of Lupus. For example, African American women are three times more likely to get Lupus than white women. Also, African-American women tend to develop Lupus at a younger age and have more severe symptoms than white women. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases states that Lupus is also more common among Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and American Indian women.

The Digest recently learned that Crystal Harkless, administrative manager of NC State’s African American Cultural Center, will be participating in the Raleigh Walk to End Lupus Now, to be held on April 27, 2014 on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Crystal Harkless at Lupus Walk

Crystal writes, “I was introduced to Lupus at an early age. As a young girl, I noticed that my mommy was always tired and unable to do the things that mothers do with their children, like go to the mall or attend school functions. It was years after she began to experience symptoms that she was diagnosed with the disease.

“I first participated in the Walk to End Lupus Now in 2011. I walked in support of my mother and those that suffer every day with this disease. Lupus affects more than 45,000 North Carolina residents and 1.5 million Americans, including our co-workers, friends, families, and loved ones. Research on Lupus remains underfunded relative to its scope and devastation. This is why I participate in the Walk. Supporting the Walk provides research, education, and much needed resources. The event also connects the Lupus community and helps bring us one step closer to solving the ‘cruel mystery.‘

"We are always looking for walkers! If you would like to volunteer or donate, please visit my webpage. With your support, I believe we will one day find a cure that will spare many from the suffering they endure every day.”
Participate in NC State's Ally Day!
Ally Day 2014

1 - Come to Wolf Plaza near Talley and the Free Expression Tunnel between 9:00AM-5:00PM on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

2 - Take a picture to show you're an ally.

3 - Make it your profile picture on Facebook!
Lunch and Learn: The Psychology of Modern Day Slavery
The Women's Center and the African American Cultural Center jointly invite you to attend a Lunch and Learn on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 12:00PM-2:00PM in Witherspoon Student Center, Room 356. The Psychology of Modern Day Slavery is a short documentary film created by the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35). Feminist psychologists discuss the socio-historical, cultural, and psychological factors that have driven the proliferation of human trafficking. This documentary also includes survivor testimony of women from the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Viewing of the film will be followed by a guided discussion and action steps. Pizza and soda will be provided. See the flyer.
Would You Like to Be Part of Lavender Graduation?
Every spring semester, the NC State GLBT Center hosts a formal ceremony honoring students who are graduating and are members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally community. Annual awards are also announced. This is a time for NC State, families, and the local community to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Mark your calendars for Lavender Graduation on Thursday May 8, 2014 at 11:30AM in Talley Student Union. Graduates may sign up to participate; others may sign up to volunteer. All are welcome to submit a nomination for the GLBT Center's annual awards.