Opening Doors

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

Who can participate?

Opening Doors is open to everyone at NC State University and 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.


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Contact Us

Alexandria K. Graves, Ph.D.
Program Director
Phone: 919.515.2710

LaTosha Y. Bradley, J.D.
Advanced Administrative Associate
Phone: 919.513.0739



Brenda Alston-Mills

Brenda Alston-Mills is 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 primary responsibilities are to work with graduate students, faculty and staff in improving workplace climate and professional development and increasing the pool of graduate students from underserved populations.

Her outreach has included working with adult non-readers in 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 Camden, New Jersey. Alston-Mills 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.

Brenda 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 is 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 at 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 sense of responsibility to the organizational change process around diversity and inclusion.

Harvey holds a B.S. in business, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in leadership studies, focusing diversity as a leadership development tool within the ranks of CEO-level administrators. He has also assisted the Center for Creative Leadership in assessing changes to its Leadership Development Program in Europe.

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 NC State as a professor emeritus. He has long been an ally and advocate for women and people of color. For many years he was the director of undergraduate programs (and later, of graduate programs) in the Department of Statistics. Those positions afforded him 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). 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 and a Ph.D. in biological statistics, both from Cornell University.

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