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Office for Equity and Diversity


Dear New Faculty Member,


It is my pleasure to welcome you to ECU. The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) would like to serve as a resource for your support and success here. It is our belief that faculty lead the process of creating a learning environment that is inclusive of diversity via your curriculum, research, community-university partnerships and mentorship of students. Without you and your leadership, we will not achieve our institution’s mission and its institutional and unit driven strategic goals.

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) provides leadership to the university’s efforts to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. The office promotes equity in educational opportunity, programming and employment and promotes an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion for all members of the university community.

The scope of the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) encompasses institutional equity and diversity functions and involves education, intervention, compliance, consulting, programming, outreach and assessment. Administrators in this office monitor institutional practices in support of the principles of diversity and equity so that these guiding principles are applied and assessed institutionally on administrative, academic, budgetary and strategic fronts. Programs and services of the office are available to faculty, staff, and students and support a sustained diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment.

Please visit our website at www.ecu.edu/oed to learn more about faculty specific opportunities and institutional efforts to advance diversity at ECU. I hope that you will initiate contact with our office to explore ways that OED can support you in your success and assist you in advancing diversity through your academic endeavors at ECU.  I look forward to meeting you personally and wish you great success here at ECU.

Sincerely,

LaKesha Alston
Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity 
alstonl@ecu.edu