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Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating Black History Month

Dear Poole community,

This month, we elevate and celebrate the past and current contributions of our African American community members. Across the country and right here on campus, there will be numerous virtual and in-person events for us to participate in and learn. You can find the complete event list of Black History Month activities taking place on campus here.

The theme for the month, inspired by current student leaders of National Black Accountant Association, is “Reflect, Connect and Unite.” 

Reflect: When you have a moment to pass through the East Plaza of Nelson Hall, you will notice the honorary installation, “Legacy of Black Excellence.” The display was a collaborative effort by the student intern team of the Poole Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office. The inspiration behind the timeline was the NC State University Library Historical State Timelines project. There are many outstanding contributions of our black community members since our first economics graduate in 1968 that elevate the positive impacts to our broader community.

Connect: We have a unique opportunity to connect with our community. This event is open to all: Black History Month Community Event: Students and Alumni Basketball Watch Party, Sunday, Feb. 19, noon-4 p.m., Park Alumni Center. Join the Black Business Student Association and the National Association of Black Accountants to watch the NC State vs. UNC-Chapel Hill basketball game and reconnect with Black alumni. The dress code is casual, and food and shuttles will be provided. Please register for the event here.

Unite: Consider supporting and promoting the following groups:


Frank Buckless,
Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean of Poole College