The Exploratory Studies program supports the mission of NC State University and its commitment to a diverse community. For that reason, we encourage our students to engage and collaborate with faculty, staff, and peers who have different lived experiences. We believe that by doing so our students will develop the skills to be well-rounded leaders in an ever-changing global market. Our program has and always will provide avenues for students to learn, grow, and think critically about issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as how those issues impact their campus experience and even their life after graduation. These avenues include cultural and educational programming, inclusive teaching and curriculum, and personalized advising. We also provide professional development for our staff on ways to support varied student needs, to understand diversity and inclusion in higher education, and to follow best practices in this area.
Diversity Within the Classroom
All Exploratory Studies students must take USC 101 and USC 102. USC 101 fulfills the University’s General Education Program US Diversity co-requisite. While not a university co-requisite, USC 102 focuses on diversity as it relates to the world of work. These courses are taught by the Exploratory Studies Academic Advisors.
Overall, we believe that we have an obligation to develop students who can thrive in the diverse world we live in. We challenge our students to think critically about how they view the world around them, and we guide them in considering how their worldview may differ from someone else’s. We also acknowledge that building cultural competency skills does not occur through one assignment, conversation, or attendance at a single event. As a result, we weave diversity through our curriculum to inform students how values, experiences, and cultural characteristics make each of us unique.
Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Impact
We encourage our students to become involved in the campus community. We hope that students engage in cultural and diverse opportunities, and build cultural competency skills.
One way we promote cultural engagement is through Forum Events, which are a required component of our USC 101 and USC 102 courses. Students attend events on campus or in the community to expand their knowledge and learning.
Listen to our Resident Mentors discuss how some of the events they have attended impact their educational experience.
Additional Ways Students Can Get Involved On Campus
- Global Perspectives Certificate
- DIVE: University Recreation Spring Break Trip
- Cultural Exchange Network
- Study Abroad
- Student Involvement
We are committed to personal and professional growth in the area of diversity and inclusion. Each year our advising staff works to create inclusive classrooms in USC 101, USC 102, and USC 298. We strive to be resources for students as they navigate campus, and as they experience the many different identities that are present in our community. Below are a few on-campus diversity and inclusion workshops that staff have attended to develop their cultural competency skills.
- Equal Opportunity Institute
- Green Zone Training
- Project SAFE
- Trans 101 Workshops
- National Conference on Race and Ethnicity
Contact us if you have questions or ideas for programs.