Diversity Features

As part of our effort to recognize those who celebrate diversity throughout the year, OSHR will periodically feature a university’s or agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Team or Department with their statement on how they collectively honor diversity.

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Past Diversity Features

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NC Department of Environmental Quality

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee supports DEQ’s vision of cultivating a work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued.  The agency strives to be transparent and accountable, to seek equitable outcomes through inclusive processes, and to lead with personal and professional integrity. There is a collective responsibility to foster a culture of respect, fairness, and inclusion for all DEQ employees and for the North Carolina communities served.


(From the left):  Sam Mellott, Lisa Tolley, Andria Knight, Melissa Joyner, Carolina Fonseca Jimenez, Linwood Peele, Steven Rice, Christy Simmons

Not pictured:  Miguel Alvalle, Aditi Chakravarty

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts

At UNCSA, this team strives to create a safe environment, one that allows people from all walks of life to thrive. Doing so demands that staff commit to an explicit and continual process of identifying and dismantling systems and practices of bias, exclusion, and oppression. Education and art-making can be transformational forces for change and UNCSA is working so that change leads toward justice.

Front row, from the left:

Tracey Ford, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs; Lissy Garrison, Vice Chancellor for Advancement; Patrick Sims, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Brian Cole, Chancellor; Karen Beres, Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs; Wendy Emerson, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration; Jim DeCristo, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, Chief of Staff

Back row:

Claire Machamer, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications; Kemora Brownlee, Leave Administrator; Tasha Myers, Director of Intercultural Engagement; Aretha Sutton, Talent Solutions Manager

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Angela Mahoney, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer; Camilla Norris, Employee Relations Manager; Susan Porter, HRIS Manager; and Cappi Shelton, Temporary Employment Specialist, and Office Manager

Photo Credit: 

Kathryn McMillan, Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Planning & Operations

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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

UNCP has a history of being an agent for social change, equity and inclusion. Our team of EEO/DEI professionals is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe diversity grounds intellectual pursuits and provides opportunities for discovery and strategies to integrate all individuals and groups into the larger community, respecting and valuing their uniqueness while simultaneously advancing the University's historical tradition. We prepare students for life and leadership within a diverse society and to change the lives of our constituents.



Front row, from the left: Kelley Koch, HR Specialist; Angela Revels, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources; Rhonda Locklear, Human Resources Manager, Donna Strickland, Deputy Chief HR Officer, Kasey Jones, HR Specialist

Back row: Sheila Hardee, HR Consultant; Sarah Hunt, HR Specialist; Becky Thompson, HR Consultant, Joanne McMillan, HR Consultant; Dr. Nicolette Campos, Director of Employee Relations and Workforce Development; Nicole Snipes, HR Consultant

Not pictured: Paula Peterson-Campbell, HR Specialist; Debbie Chaves, Technology Support Analyst - HRIS Manager

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NC Department of Administration

The NC Department of Administration values diversity, equity and inclusion as a top priority. Through the re-establishment of the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental and Health Equity Task Force, the Department will continue its initiative to address disparities in communities of color while working to build and strengthen relationships between community leaders and state employees. DOA offers educational programming, virtual Lunch and Learns for business groups and plans to establish more Employee Resource Groups to join its existing Veterans and Emerging Professionals groups. Prioritizing belonging, respect and integrity, DOA continues its advocacy for equity and inclusion in North Carolina.


Pictured (from the left):

Samanta Noyola, Comfort Johnson, Beth Carpenter, Donya Strong, Haley Pfieffer-Haynes, David Elliot, Mark Edwards, Gianna Quilici, Evin Grant, Jordan Hanna

Not pictured: Lauren Scott

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NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

At the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, they cultivate! True to their mission to cultivate excellence in agriculture, agribusiness, consumer protection, and conservation, Agriculture’s HR team is planting seeds for an awesome workplace! Led by HR Director Sylvia Crumpler and Deputy HR Director Cashaunda Holman, EEO/Employee Relations Manager Dawn Godwin’s and HR Consultant Terry Bell’s mission is to cultivate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through the development of processes, programs, and training that nurture DEIB. 

Pictured (from the left):

Cashaunda Holman, Dawn Godwin, Terry Bell

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NC Department of Commerce

The NC Department of Commerce maintains Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as a top organizational priority. Secretary Sanders established the DEI Office, the first such office to exist in the Department’s history, and hired its first Chief DEI Officer to lead Commerce in viewing everything through an equity lens to dismantle barriers and expand quality job and business opportunities for all North Carolinians. The team is laser-focused on embedding DEI and environmental justice in all that it does!

Pictured (from the left): 

Teiari Matthews - DEI Intern, Lorraine Dulin - EEO/DEI Officer, Betty Marrow-Taylor - Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Mose Dorsey - WIOA EO/DEI Officer, and Catherine Rivera - DEI Program Analyst

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) relies on an inclusive excellence approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) that is decentralized, collaborative and relies on multi-tiered formal and informal leadership and change agents. UNCG has a variety of unit and departmental committees, campus contributors/advisors and affinity groups that work to promote racial equity and DEIB. Their call to action is to be a university where DEIB is not only what they say but what they do and who they are.


Front Row: Tina Vires, Sarah Daynes, Brianna Welsh and Megan Walters.

Second Row: Gerald Holmes, Augusto “Gus” Pena, Anthony Taylor, Elliott Kimball, Patricia M. Lynch and Andrea Hunter.

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Jeanne Madorin, Jerry Blakemore, Kristen Bonatz, Toni Douglas, Murphie Chappell, Megan Karbley, Matthew Bryant, Julia Mendez Smith, Steisha Pintado, Brett Carter, Adrienne Craig, Grace Leo, Briana Lanier, Kiyar Lies, Noida Mena, Kisha Carmicheal, Kristina Gage, Katelyn Bodwell, Nicole Hall, Michael Clinton, George Still, Brad Johnson, Jolie Helton and Suzanne Dellinger.

Photo Credit: 

David Row

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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

At NC A&T State University, they celebrate and honor DEIB on a daily basis. The blending of student and employee identities supports our desire for inclusiveness for all. The Director of Employee Relations/Affirmative Action Officer upholds these practices in collaboration with the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and other internal key partners in the Division of Human Resources focusing on employment-related functions, advocacy, engagement, training, and education. They are working together with the campus to create a sense of belonging that ensures everyone has the opportunity to be authentic and fulfilled. 


Front Row: Samuel Richards (Director of Academic Affairs for HR), Veronica Sills (CHRO), Marcie Rowdy (Benefits Manager), Linda Mangum (Director of Employee Relations/AAO), Jeanette Foulks (Benefits), Cynthia Reed (Employee Relations), Maurice Warren (HRIS Manager).

Second Row: Michael Terrell (Employee Relations), Ebony Pritchard (CLOE), Tia Uitenham (HRIS), Heather White (Administration), Rebecca Borders (Class and Comp), Penny Smith (Talent Solutions), Del Ruff (Executive Director DEIB).

Third Row: David Leonard (Director of CLOE), Natalie Jacobs (Temporary Talent Manager), Janet Carlson (CLOE), Shretha Arrington (Leave Administrator), Lynn Farrar (Talent Solutions), Montria SimrelWright (Academic Affairs HR), Juanita King (Benefits), Lonnie Crotts (Class and Comp).

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NC State University – Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Their team celebrates DEIB every day through the narratives they elevate, the education they deliver, and the support and advocacy they provide. They maximize the collective intersections they hold while simultaneously affirming them as vital, necessary and celebrated! They are a team of organizers, allies, and educators that takes great pride in striving to ensure that their constituents recognize their own contribution to the beautiful community that makes NC State University extraordinary!


Front row, left to rightHayley Gallagher, Business Officer; Melvin "Jai" Jackson, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement; Sheri Schwab, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer; Stephanie Helms Pickett, Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Practice; David Elrod, Associate Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Equity. 

Second Row: Jacqueline Perry, Communications Director, Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote, Senior Director of Campus Community Centers; Janine Kossen, Director of the Women's Center; Melissa Edwards Smith, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach; Dave Johnson, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs. 

Third Row Alisha Foster, Executive Assistant; angela gay-audre, Director of the African American Cultural Center.