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Diversity is critical to NC State’s mission. New perspectives deepen our understanding, strengthen our community and propel our innovation. NC State values diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. Diverse viewpoints, experiences and perspectives better our lives, and they are essential to NC State’s mission.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is committed to the value of diversity within our respective partner organizations and to the provision of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all employment for our staff and to all citizens seeking to participate in our programs.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is committed to diversity.Under Title VI and Title XII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, and various federal and state laws and university policies, as well as our personal and organizational beliefs and values, we are collectively committed to the elimination of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, family and marital status, sex, age, veteran status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, or disability. In fulfilling these commitments,  Extension Administration will:

  1. Promote the development of an employment environment that is supportive of equity and diversity principles.
  2. Ensure that our policies and practices respect the social and cultural diversity contained within our organizations, including volunteer staff and Advisory Leadership Councils, and the communities we serve.
  3. Provide equal opportunity by actively identifying and remedying barriers to participation and progression in employment and participation by all in our programs.
  4. Expect a working and learning environment free from unlawful discrimination, including harassment.
  5. Comply with state and federal legislation and university policies on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.
  6. Provide unfettered access to complaint resolution avenues, free from retaliation, for all employees and program participants.

All Extension staff and volunteers are expected to understand and be in compliance with equal opportunity regulations. As an institution administering USDA programs we must to comply with the USDA Non-discrimination Statement and applicable federal laws. For more information on USDA-NIFA civil rights and equal employment, please go to NIFA’s Office of Civil Rights & Equal Employment Opportunity. NC State employees are are also bound by that set forth in NC State’s Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy, for more information visit NC State’s Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. NC A&T employees can visit the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action for more information.

Our institutions provide an annual statement on equal opportunity and non-discrimination: 2019 Annual Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Statement

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