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DIRE Dialog Seminar to Highlight LGBT Center of Raleigh

Wolf statue in fall
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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at NC State’s College of Natural Resources will resume its DIRE Dialog Seminar series this fall to address the systemic inequalities faced by marginalized individuals in natural resources-related fields. 

On September 26, Kori Hennessey, director of education and programs for the LGBT Center of Raleigh, will lead a virtual presentation to highlight the center’s efforts and available opportunities for community involvement. 

Stacy Nelson, the interim associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the college, said the center has the unique capacity to reach a wide variety of communities that have historically faced discrimination in some of the college’s disciplines. 

“As we continue to explore ways to build a more equitable and inclusive community, we have to do our best to recognize and appreciate the differences in all of the identities that make us who we are,” Nelson said. 

He added, “The LGBT Center of Raleigh is a great resource for doing this. They are not just our neighbors, they sponsor many programs and events which not only provide opportunities for us all to grow and learn, but also opportunities to use our voices to advocate for equality and fair access, particularly for the LGBT members in our community.” 

The upcoming seminar with Hennessey will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is open to all faculty, staff and students within the college. The seminar will feature a 30-minute speaker presentation, followed by a discussion with participants. 

About the DIRE Dialog Series

Funded by the Duke Energy Foundation and hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at NC State’s College of Natural Resources, the DIRE (Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity) series aims to address the discrimination and systemic inequalities faced by marginalized individuals in fields related to natural resources. Each discussion is led by a local or national expert on diversity, inclusion and belonging in subject areas related to natural resources.