The African American Cultural Center welcomed Isaiah Lucas as its program coordinator on July 12, 2021.
Lucas holds a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Leadership/Administration from Old Dominion University, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Old Dominion University, and a Leadership Certificate in Leading Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.
Lucas comes to us from Norfolk State University where he served as residence hall director for upperclassmen communities and led the Black Male Initiative. During graduate school at Old Dominion University, Lucas served as the graduate assistant for African American student initiatives in the Office of Intercultural Relations, where he led the development, planning and implementation of signature programs and educational initiatives for the Black/African American student community. Additionally, in the summer of 2019 he served as an intern in the NC State Department of Residence Life through the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators.
In preparation for joining OIED, Lucas expressed, “I am excited to join the African American Cultural Center, after years of admiring the dynamic work that the center does. After pushing through a health and racial pandemic and witnessing how both pandemics have disproportionately impacted the Black community, I am eager to show up and do the work. I am ecstatic to work with OIED, the AACC staff, students and campus partners to reimagine and reenvision the Black student experience here at NC State.”
Lucas will lead the center’s outreach and education programs, including signature and ongoing programs, awareness events, student development initiatives, education programming, community outreach and administrative responsibilities such as marketing and communications, event planning and supervision of student employees.