Signature Programs and Initiatives

The Office for Equity and Diversity is committed to supporting the university through a variety of educational, recognition and reward, and engagement programs. To that end, we offer the following programs and initiatives designed to educate, incentivize and promote equal opportunity, increased faculty and staff diversity, a more inclusive campus community, and an understanding of difference across all dimensions of diversity.

Emerging Scholars Symposium

A four-day program for scholars nearing the end of their terminal degree studies and recent graduates, including postdoctoral scholars, designed to support ECU’s faculty pipeline with an emphasis on scholars whose research interests align with our University mission and strategic plan, Future focused. Innovation driven.

Experience ECU

One-day campus visit for participants to learn about ECU and the Greenville area, engage with ECU leaders, and hear from our outstanding faculty and staff. The first Experience ECU was held in November 2018. More information about Experience ECU.

Interinstitutional Scholars for Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI) Program

Supports direct engagement with graduate students in terminal degree studies, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members for up to one semester. Academic departments may request support for a short-term faculty appointment to teach or conduct research, a one to two-day campus visit, and/or a short-term faculty exchange assignment. For more information about requesting support through the ISDI Program, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Diversity and Inclusion Research and Scholarship (DIRS) Program

A faculty development and seed grant program that provides funds to departments with faculty engaged in research and scholarly work specifically aligned with our institutional mission “[t]o be a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation” that emphasizes success for all of those in ECU’s diverse region and increasingly diverse student population and workforce.

Diversity and Inclusion Awards

The Diversity and Inclusion Awards, initiated in 2016 by the Office for Equity and Diversity, include four awards that recognize the demonstrated significant achievements of full-time faculty, staff, and undergraduate or graduate students, as well as an academic unit, administrative unit, university organization or university committee. The awards complement the development of a university community that is culturally diverse and reflective of inclusive excellence.