The College of Education strives to meet ECU's Diversity Goal

ECU will cultivate an inclusive, respectful working, living and learning environment; provide culturally and academically rich educational experiences; prepare our students to lead in a global multicultural society; and engage the region through inclusive social and economic opportunities.

East Carolina University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

East Carolina University supports the protections available to members of its community under all applicable federal laws, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act; the Equal Pay Act; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974; the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992; and Executive Order 11246 as amended by Executive Order 11375.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, accommodations of the disabled extend to student programs, employment practices, elimination of physical barriers, and special assistance to disabled students and employees within the university.[1]

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The Office for Equity and Diversity 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.

Diversity News


COE Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

COE Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 4:00-6:00 East Carolina Heart Institute What is Deaf culture? Why is culture important for Deaf People of Color? How are Audism and Racism interconnected? Do you want to learn about intersectionality? Do you want to learn how to be more culturally responsive? Come learn about: Investigating the Matrix of Dominance Through Audism Rooted in Critical Race Theory, this presentation investigates the lived experience of Deaf people in the United States. We share an intersectional Continue reading →

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Spring 2019 Profiles in Diversity Honorees

Two members of the ECU College of Education faculty, Dr. Mikkaka Overstreet and Dr. Christina M. Tschida were named the Spring 2019 honorees for the Profiles in Diversity award at the college’s faculty and staff meeting on Friday, January 25. Started in 2015, the Profiles in Diversity award recognizes faculty or staff from across the ECU College of Education for their commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in their life and work. Special attention is given to faculty and staff whose identities Continue reading →

Dr. Rhea Miles

Discoveries in Earth Science for Middle and High School Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment

Dr. Rhea Miles, associate professor in the Department of Math Science and Instructional Technology, was awarded $179,834.00 from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation for the program Discoveries in Earth Science for Middle and High School Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment. The program Discoveries in Earth Science (DES) for 36 middle and high school students with blindness or visual impairments provides a unique opportunity for students in eastern North Carolina to learn earth science in a university setting. Student participants will develop skills for identifying and characterizing Continue reading →

Edward B. Fry Book Award

“Reading the Rainbow” receives Edward B. Fry book Award from Literacy Research Association

Dr. Caitlin Ryan, associate professor of reading education, and collaborator Jill Hermann-Wilmarth received the Edward B. Fry Book Award for outstanding   contributions to literacy research and practice for their book Reading the Rainbow: LGBTQ-Inclusive Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom. The award was presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference on November 27, in Indian Wells, California. In a year with an unusually high number of submissions, the committee noted that Reading the Rainbow “advanced our knowledge about literacy, particularly related to the inclusion Continue reading →


Drs. Christy Rhodes and Syntia Dietz honored by AMEXICAN

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, Inc. (AMEXCAN) and the Eastern North Carolina Latin American Coalition, Inc. (ENCLACO) are proud to announce that the 7thAnnual AMEXCAN Community Leadership Awards “Celebrating our Community’s Commitment and Excellence” were held on Wednesday December 5that 6:00pm at the Pitt Community College Craig F. Goess Student Center. The annual Community Leadership Awards acknowledge and honor those who have supported AMEXCAN during the 2018 year.  This event was conducted during International Volunteer Week to further honor not only our local Continue reading →