Opening Doors

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A Professional and Personal Journey

Opening Doors is a three-day overnight retreat that lays the foundation for personal and organizational growth. Participants deepen their awareness of diversity and enhance their ability to create inclusive organizations. The workshop addresses personal and professional change as part of an understanding differences initiative of multicultural organizational development.

In the Opening Doors workshop, participants will:

  • Increase understanding of diversity by identifying and learning more about our own identity groups.
  • Identify personal feelings and experiences related to cultural and other differences among people.
  • Examine how practices of institutions, as well as our own personal practices, maintain inequalities among people and prevent us all from reaching our potential.
  • Develop a framework and common language in order to facilitate change collectively.
  • Identify practical strategies for implementing and supporting change.
  • Build alliances and networks.


Who can participate?

Everyone in the NC State University organization! Opening Doors is beneficial to all employees, including faculty members, paraprofessionals, team leaders, support personnel and administrators. Workshop participants represent a mixture of our organization. This combination of professionals adds a dimension of diversity that brings much richness to the process.

Registration for the next Opening Doors: A Personal and Professional Journey workshop will open in Spring 2017.



Brenda Alston-Mills

Brenda Alston-Mills serves as the associate dean and director of the Office of Diversity and Pluralism in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Her major responsibilities are to work with the college’s graduate students, faculty and staff in improving workplace climate and professional development and increasing the pool of underserved populations in graduate education. Her outreach has included working with adult non-readers in both Wake County, NC, and Prince George’s County, MD. Her early experience with diverse populations was as director of the Comprehensive Education and Training program in New Jersey for both the city and county of Camden. She is frequently asked to give lectures and seminars on women and underrepresented groups in science and has published in the area. Through all of these activities, she has witnessed the pain of exclusion and the triumphs of empowerment. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Michigan State University and is a professor of animal science.

Harvey L. Lineberry II

Harvey L. Lineberry II now serves as the assistant dean of the School of Medicine Human Resources at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harvey formerly served as the assistant dean for personnel in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Through his work as a personnel officer, he has learned first-hand from individuals who have felt the sting of exclusion and hostility. He is committed to the work of diversity and the processes necessary to understand our own sense of responsibility to the organizational change process around diversity and inclusion. He holds a B.S. in business, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in leadership studies, focusing on diversity as a leadership development tool within the ranks of CEO-level administrators. Harvey has also assisted the Center for Creative Leadership in assessing changes to their Leadership Development Program in Europe and has participated in many of their programs.

Bill Swallow

Bill Swallow “retired” but hasn’t gotten the hang of retirement yet and continues to be active in teaching and diversity work at the university as a professor emeritus. He has long been an ally and advocate for women and people of color. For many years he was director of undergraduate programs and then director of graduate programs in the Department of Statistics, positions that afforded him welcome opportunities to promote recruitment, retention and graduation of students from underrepresented groups. Bill serves on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Subcommittee of the University Diversity Advisory Committee (UDAC). In Summer 200, he wrote a proposal to the university to create a GLBT Center on campus and shepherded that proposal through UDAC and the Student and Faculty Senates. University administration agreed to establish the GLBT Center, and Bill now co-chairs its advisory committee. Bill is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and in 2007 received the university’s highest teaching award, the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Mu Sigma Rho (national honor society for Statistics) Award for Statistics Education. Bill has an A.B. in social relations (a combination of psychology and sociology) from Harvard, an M.S. in fishery biology from Cornell and a Ph.D. in biological statistics from Cornell.


LaTosha Y. Bradley, J.D.
Advanced Administrative Associate
NC State | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Campus Box 7601
Patterson Hall 110
Raleigh, NC 27695-7601

Phone: 919.513.0739
Fax: 919.515.6980

Alexandria K. Graves, Ph.D.
Interim Program Director
Associate Professor of Soil and Environmental Microbiology
NC State | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Soil Science
Campus Box 7619
Raleigh, NC 27695-7619

Phone: 919.515.2710
Fax: 919.515.5266

To provide information to anyone interested in the Opening Doors workshop, print a copy of the Opening Doors Brochure.

North Carolina State University has participated in the “training of trainers” program provided by New York State Migrant Education Diversity Project and Opening Doors Diversity Project. We would like to thank the trainers for this project, Betty Garcia-Mathewson, Kathy Castania, Eduardo Gonzalez Jr. and Maryellen Whittington-Couse, for allowing our team the opportunity to bring this outstanding program to NC State University