Dean Daniel Solomon, Vice Provost Joanne Woodard Speak at EOI Graduation

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On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, OIED’s Education and Training unit held its annual Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) Graduation celebration. (See list of graduates at left.) EOI has become an NC State institution, marking its 16th year of educating faculty, staff and students about a full range of diversity and equity topics. For the third year, EOI has also welcomed graduates back to the program to earn the Graduate Scholar designation by taking three new two-hour workshops of their choice. Many campus organizations, academic programs and departments have made EOI a recommended or required training component for their staff.

Equal Opportunity Institute logoThis year, we were honored to have had outgoing Vice Provost Joanne Woodard and Dean Daniel Solomon speak at graduation. Dean Solomon delivered the address, asserting that diversity within the university is an academic imperative. Vice Provost Woodard, under whose leadership EOI was established, has supported this and other noteworthy initiatives, such as NC State’s National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) program, during her tenure at NC State. We will miss these advocates, both of whom will be retiring this summer.

Applications for the next class of EOI will be available in August of 2015. See the EOI website for more information.

Congratulations, EOI Graduates and Scholars

We congratulate the following:

2015 EOI Graduate Scholars

Erica Braman Cutchins, Darren Seitz Lipman, Talitha Molet, Tammy Bullock, Rebekah Dunstan, Jacqueline Gadison, Seprina Justice, Kim Outing, Shannon Plummer-White, Adam Poplin, Elizabeth Snively, Gary Tew, Rosalie Tisa, Katherine Wilson

2015 EOI Graduates

Nicole Abbott, Kelly L. Cravener, Amanda Driver, Leah Haile, Sakshi Handa, Pamela Kuras, Sherrie Lucas, John Miller IV, Shauna Morin, William A. Russell IV, Alexandra Toti, Katy Weilbrenner, Latosha M. Williams, Zheng Yang, Allison M. Bennett, Maria Gallardo-Williams, Alvin M. Gilmore, Pennie R. Graham, Susan Grant, Karen Horne, Jean Lembke, Jordan McMican, Amy Mull, Samantha Lynn Oster, LeNelle Patrick, Jacqueline Perry, Julie Ricker-Hagler, Paula D. Waller, Marie H. Watson, Renee Wells

2015 EOI Graduates with Special Recognition (10 or More Classes)

Marshall Cedric Anthony, Jr., Carolyn Carter, Carrie Caudle, Robert Leon Grant III, Simone Ramdeen, Callie C. Womble, Ayo Agunbiade, Kellie Allison Burris, Erin Alena Champion, Raymond Corbett, Maria Correa, Michele Gurkin, Timothy A. Hammonds, Jr., Mary Harrell, Melissa M. Jackson, Jasmine Omorogbe, Almissie Connor Parker, Aimee Christine Stright, Joshua L. Talley, Shiela Lynn Thomas, Barbara White, Kathryn Kaufman Zellmer

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