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

East Carolina University is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The university seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. The University defines diversity in a broad context to include the representation, integration, and interaction of different races, ethnicities, cultures, national origins, abilities, religions, orientations, intellectual positions, and perspectives. The University desires a pluralistic academic community where teaching, living, and learning, occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect in pursuit of excellence. The University considers diversity, the opportunities afforded by a diverse learning environment, and the authentic interaction among people from various backgrounds and persuasions to be essential elements in achieving excellence in education.
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]

Disability Support Services see http://www.ecu.edu/dss/

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.

Profiles in Diversity Nomination Information

The College of Education Diversity Committee would like to announce its new Profiles in Diversity series. When choosing recipients for this honor, the Diversity Committee will consider a broad spectrum of nominees in order to recognize, highlight, and honor COE faculty and staff whose contributions: 

  • lead to new understandings of inequality
  • enrich the lives of historically underserved populations
  • advocate for and catalyze changes in oppressive social systems and structures, or
  • push us towards the realization of equity within schools and communities. 

Special attention will be given to faculty and staff whose identities and work may have been historically marginalized in society and mainstream educational research and practice.  

People interested in putting forth a nomination should submit the information requested below to any current member of the COE Diversity Committee. Self nominations are welcome. To nominate someone, submit in writing: 

  • The name of the nominee
  • The nominee's position in the COE
  • A brief statement of no more than 250 words explaining how the nominee's work and life exemplify a commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice.  

Once selected, recipients will respond to a questionnaire asking them more about their work and experiences so that their profile can be posted on the COE Diversity webpage and in the display case outside the Dean's office in Speight. Recipients will also be invited to participate in a panel discussion with other recipients at the end of the year.    

We look forward to your nominations!
COE Diversity Committee

Crystal Chambers

Drs. Chambers and Ransom co-author article on “Teaching Ethics in Higher Education”

On: 21 Jan 2016 13:00
In “Teaching Ethics in Higher Education Using the Values – Issues – Action (VIA) Model,” LEED Professor Dr. Crystal Chambers, along with co-author Hellen Ransom present a model through which higher education leaders can consider the values they have and whether their actions align with those values as they deal with issues. Dr. Chambers currently […]

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LEED alumna, LaTonya Afolayan, named Associate Vice President for Advancement at Lamar University

On: 20 Jan 2016 14:00
ECU alumna LaTanya Afolayan has joined the advancement division at Lamar University as associate vice president for university advancement after a national search. “We are very pleased to have LaTanya at Lamar University,” said Juan Zabala, vice president for university advancement. “Her fund raising and donor relations experience complements our staff well. She will be […]

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Crystal Chambers

Dr. Chambers named Faculty Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

On: 19 Jan 2016 18:56
Dr. Crystal Renee Chambers was selected to be a Faculty Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). NCFDD is a profesisonal development organization for faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and administrators with programming designed to support academics at each stage of their career. As a Faculty Coach, Dr. Chambers will support small […]

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ECU graduate named a National Superintendent of the Year Finalist

On: 15 Jan 2016 13:00
Dr. Freddie Williamson, Superintendent of Hoke County Schools and graduate of East Carolina University, has been named a finalist for the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Other finalists include Dr. Thomas Tucker from Ohio, Dr. Pam Moran from Virginia, and Dr. Steven Webb from Washington. This marks the […]

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Andrea Blackwood Presents at Conference On Exceptional Children

On: 22 Dec 2015 13:44
Andrea Blackwood, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the ECU Teacher Support Program for Learners with Deaf-Blindness and Julie Brickhouse, Special Educator at Eastern Elementary School in Greenville, NC presented at the 2015: 65th Conference on Exceptional Children held in Greensboro, NC November 18th to November 20th. The training addressed instruction designed to facilitate communication and math […]

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