African American Cultural Center's Annual Harambee

Special Commemorations to Be Held at this Year's Event

From the Swahili language, Harambee means "let us come together." The African American Cultural Center's annual Harambee celebration provides an opportunity for the community to join together at the start of the academic year. The Cultural Center welcomes the entire campus community to experience this unique celebration of unity and fellowship on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Witherspoon Student Center's Washington Sankofa Room.

This year, the Center's programming will have three anniversaries as its focus: Brown v. Board of Education (60 years later), the NC State African American Student Advisory Council (25 years) and the NC State Black Alumni Society (35 years). Celebrating education, the AACC will honor two NC State alumni and public school teachers: April Gaddy and Alexis Teasdell, in addition to past AASAC chairs. Look for a variety of programs and events that will explore the importance of the 2014-2015 Theme: Brown v Board: Educational Empowerment through Replicating Systematic Practices that Work. The Call of the Drum ('Djembe") will be performed by students from the African Student Union. Uninhibited Praise Gospel Choir will also perform.

Multicultural Student Affairs' Peer Mentor Program Now in Full Swing for 2014-15
Students at Peer Mentor Program Convocation 2014

On Monday, August 25, 2014, NC State's Peer Mentor Program held its annual Convocation, where new student mentors, returning mentors, and new mentees gathered in Talley Student Union to get to know one another and embark on mentoring relationships that for many will endure not only as an immensely helpful benefit during the undergraduate years but as lifelong friendships.

Nelson Santiago speaks at Peer Mentor Program Convocation 2014

This year, 128 mentors and 113 new mentees were matched after a dinner of pizza and introductory information from the staff of Multicultural Student Affairs (Multicultural Affairs Assistant Director Nelson Santiago pictured above). We wish all students a successful year.
Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) Now Enrolling
Applications are now available for the 2014-15 Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI). The EOI is a year-long continuing education certificate program that teaches participants about a range of topics, including disability, affirmative action, discrimination, diversity conflict management, protected classes, cross cultural communication and leadership in diversity. The program is designed to increase participants' awareness of equal opportunity issues and increase their effectiveness as employees or students, providing an outstanding professional development opportunity  free to NC State University faculty, staff and students. Visit the EOI website for additional information and to apply.
Chancellor's First Year Student Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications
The Chancellor's First Year Student Leadership Program seeks to identify and nurture a cohort of emerging leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able and professionally skilled, and who will become the community, business, and national leaders of the future. Student participants are required to be in
their first year at NC State. Transfer students are also welcome to apply. Students from historically
underrepresented groups, from rural
areas and with a declared major in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields are particularly encouraged to apply. However, all student majors are welcome to
apply. Please see the flyer for more information about the program.