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student presenting at fall 2019 doctor of design symposium


The creative energy of the college truly comes to life through our differences, and we are committed to showcasing a variety of design experiences.

At the College of Design, we aspire to a diverse design community that enhances the educational experience of all students. Gradually over the past decade, the college has matured into a community diverse in culture, race, gender, and personal interests. 

NC State University’s Definition of Diversity

Diversity is an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas, and world-views and whose interactions both benefit and challenge each other to grow while making the community better.

Such a community will:

  • Enhance access, attract and retain a diverse population and promote equity and equal opportunity.
  • Encourage interaction among diverse people to enrich the educational experience, promote personal growth and enhance the community.
  • Foster mutual respect, value differences and promote cross-cultural understanding.
  • Prepare leaders to live and work in a competitive global community.

By definition, NC State reflects diversity because it comprises a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts, and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, respect and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate and; it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community. We will know that we have achieved authentic diversity when all four of these objectives are fully realized.

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