The NC State African American Faculty & Staff Organization (AAFSO) is an independent democratic 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, staff, and students, and to provide opportunities for professional growth and advancement to all members of the African American community.
AAFSO advocates issues concerning employment, professional advancement, equity, fairness, student success, and quality of life for the African American community at North Carolina State University. The quality of life for the entire University community will be improved by AAFSSO reaching its goals.
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) has been a committed organization since it’s beginning and, through difficult times, has established itself as support and advocate for it members.
Who can join?
All on campus are free to participate in such groups if they like, but the association is particularly for African American faculty, staff, and administrators on the NC State campuses.
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 fall of 1970”s. 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.
- Support the recruitment, retention, academic excellence, and graduation of Black graduate and undergraduate students.
- 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.