Trabazz Bruce has made the most of his internship in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED). He quickly proved himself an asset after showing a talent for photography within the first few weeks of picking up a professional camera for the first time, among other notable accomplishments.
I am majoring in Design Studies, and my hometown is Charlotte, NC.
How did you get involved with diversity efforts on campus?
Diversity was always something that stood out to me since I was a freshman; being in the Peer Mentor Program connected me with others who were involved in diversity efforts. Afterwards, I attended many events and even became part of a few organizations on campus, but it wasn’t until I became a part of OIED that I felt truly involved.
Why and how did you decide to obtain an internship in OIED?
A friend of mine saw an ad for a “Design Intern Needed,” and sent me the link because they knew that it was something I would be interested in. I was looking to improve my skills in design as well as address topics that dealt with diversity. Luckily, I responded quickly and was able to obtain the position as OIED communications design intern.
What is your favorite thing about working in OIED?
I enjoy the environment, not just in the OIED office in Winslow, but having the opportunity to go to all of the different events of the different centers under OIED. Every center has its own purpose and its own story. I really enjoy getting to interact with the different centers and capturing their stories through photography and video.
What have been your activities to date in these areas?
In the time I’ve been at OIED, I’ve done flyers, stickers, brochures, taken photos at events and also directed, edited and produced videos. I’ve worked with all the centers and programs within OIED such as the Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI), Women’s Center, GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), the African American Culture Center and Student Diversity.
Why do you feel diversity programs are important at NC State?
Diversity programs are needed to provide a sense of understanding for those who may not know what diversity is or why it exists. I’m a firm believer that putting yourself in situations that may make you uncomfortable is the best way to learn not only about others, but also about yourself. The diversity programs provide people with an opportunity to learn about other cultures and to learn about themselves. Sometimes they even help you to embrace your own culture more.