The NC State African American Faculty & Staff Organization (AAFSO) is an independent self-governing organization seeking effective representation of issues primarily concerning the African American community at North Carolina State University. Its objective is to develop programs that inform and support faculty and staff and to provide opportunities for professional growth and advancement to all members of the African American community.
AAFSO advocates to address the needs and concerns of our members with a goal of increasing African American recruitment, retention, advancement, equity, fairness, and inclusion in the campus community as we strive toward the university goals to truly become OnePACK.
Rationale for community & mutual support
There are many organizations open to the NC State faculty and staff. Some have been around for years and some are new. Some are structured groups with officers and committees; some are much more informal. However, the African American Faculty & Staff Organization (AAFSO), since it’s beginning and, through difficult times, has established and will maintain itself as a network of active and engaged members promoting fellowship, mentorship, professional development, and mutual support through shared experience and advocating for it members.
Who can join?
All Faculty and staff on-campus are free to participate in this group, but the association is particularly for African American faculty, staff, and administrators on the NC State campuses. Membership in the group and email list is automatic if you identify as Black or African American through Human Resources.
What does the organization do?
The main goal of AAFSO is to create a community on campus. It’s easy to get lost and to feel maybe you are the only one on campus. It’s a place for people to come and talk and to share and run ideas by each other. The association was formed in the 1970s. Its official mission is to foster a greater sense of community and mutual support among the Black faculty and staff of the University through mentoring and networking in an effort to provide an organized support system that will enhance the cultural diversity within the University, as well as enhance and support the academic mission of the University.
Our four main purposes for the association are:
- Create an enlightened environment where issues of inequity and injustice can be effectively identified, directly challenged, and intelligently discussed.
- Promote the recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, and professional development and career advancement of Black faculty and staff at the University.
- Expand and strengthen the relationship and involvement of Black faculty and staff with the wider University community.
- Partner with and support minority student advocacy groups in recruitment, retention, academic excellence, and graduation of Black graduate and undergraduate students.