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Educating Girls Around the World: Reflection of "Girl Rising" and Panel Discussion Hosted by Dean Fleener

"Microaggressions in Everyday Life" with Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Celebrating Education! 
NC State's Education Week 

Native American Culture Night 

Passport KIPP Visit

CED Fall 2014 Graduates


Final Exams
Monday, Dec 8 - Tuesday, Dec 16
Fall 2014 Commencement
Thursday, Dec 18
First Day of Spring 2015 Classes
Wednesday, Jan 7
Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration 
Monday, Jan 12
6pm, Talley Ballroom 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, Jan 19
No Class
Congratulations Fall 2014 Graduates!
Best wishes to the following students graduating December 2014: 

Azariah Dominique
Loftin Bell

Kerwin Dewayne Chavis 

Amie Marie Hackett

Andrea Rebecca Johnson 

Whitney Shane Leggett

Ronald McCoy

Lateefah Myquesha Moses

Educating Girls Around the World:
Thoughts on "Girl Rising" and Panel Discussion Hosted by Dean Fleener


By: Janay Graham, Junior
Elementary Education

It was an enlightening privilege to attend the "Girl Rising" documentary viewing and panel discussion hosted by Dean Fleener. During this event, I heard the stories of incredibly resilient women. The young ladies featured in the documentary had to overcome tremendous barriers just to get the chance to attend school. Unlike here in America, in certain countries a formal education is only reserved for the privileged, which leaves many girls without even a high school education.

After the documentary, Dean Fleener hosted a panel of women affiliated with NC State who defied the norms set before them in order to obtain an education. These phenomenal women shared their experiences of how they had to deny their families expectations, travel abroad, rely on few supporters, and bike long distances just to gain their education. The message that I took away from that was to put aside our biases in order to love and believe in every child equally, no matter what their cultural background. We never know what greatness lies in them, as I’m sure others were not aware of how far these panelists would someday go.

Please see "Girl Rising" if you haven’t yet had the chance. For more information visit, It may not only open your eyes to your own privilege, but will hopefully stir something in you to impact a girl who may have to be just as much of a warrior as these women.
"Microaggressions in Everyday Life" with
Dr. Derald Wing Sue  


By: Jennifer Iwerks, Senior
Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies

Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University spoke to the NC State Community on October 22. His presentation, "Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Higher Education" was a powerful event that demonstrated the serious effects of microaggression. Microaggressions are "subtle, stunning, often automatic verbal and non-verbal exchanges which are 'put downs,'" directed towards people of color, women, or LGBT persons (Pierce, Carew, Pierce-Gonzalez, & Willis, 1978, p. 66). These exchanges are degrading in a manner that people do not even realize. Exchanges of microaggression happen on a daily basis for many people and can reinforce negative stereotypes people already hear. Teachers need to be aware of the power their actions and words can have so they can actively work against microaggression that students experience.

Dr. Derald Wing Sue's presentation had a profound impact on me. It made me think more carefully about things I say and do. It is important to actively think about microaggressions and work against them. Conversations in safe environments, like classrooms, can help bring acts and words of microaggression to light. Allowing students to discuss these microaggressions at a young age not only increases people's comfort level with discussing discrimination, but it also gets people thinking about the consequences of their words and actions. By introducing the topic of microaggressions to education we can do our part to change the equality of our nation.

Pierce, C., Carew, ]., Pierce-Gonzalez, D., & Willis, D. (1978). An experiment in racism: TV commercials. In C. Pierce (Ed.), Television and education (pp. 62-88). Beverly Hills: Sage.  
Celebrating Education! 

NC State's Education Week 
November 17-21, 2014
AAASE Taco Bar
Ed Council Pancake Dinner
TECA Soup & Sandwich
"Exploring Filipino & Hmong Culture for Future Educators" Workshop 
Hosted by Passport Student Naomi De Guzman
NCCTM Coffee & Bagel Sale
Native American Culture Night
On November 6, 2014 the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) hosted the Native American Culture Night. This annual event is an opportunity for the NC State community to learn more about United States indigenous culture through presentations and demonstrations. MSA shared the following pictures of the event. 
Passport Visits KIPP

On November 7, 2014 a group of Passport to Success students visited KIPP Gaston in eastern North Carolina.  KIPP is a national network of public charter schools focused on helping students from educationally underserved communities. To learn more about KIPP schools and employment opportunities, visit 
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