Message from the Chair

Hello AAFSO Members,

While there are several organizations doing great things at the university to provide support to faculty, staff, and students as a whole, none have a membership tailored to focus specifically on advancement involving African American Faculty and Staff. I feel that this organization can fill a very valuable space on our campus. We are members of the NC State African American community, but also members of the local, national, and global African American communities. While the events of 2020 have spotlighted the ongoing systemic issues involving race, equity, and equality in all these communities, I believe AAFSO can work to advance these issues here at NC State.

The newly elected officers and I are seeking guidance as to how we can revitalize and reorganize to build a more engaged AAFSO.  While COVID-19 and personal safety will limit face-to-face meetings and gatherings in the immediate future, the Executive Committee’s focus is to build a strong foundation of administration, organizational ideas, and goals that will prepare the organization for success now and in the future. We feel that with the right plan of action and engaged membership, the AAFSO can provide an instrumental line of communication to university leadership involving the issues directly concerning our constituency.  A thriving AAFSO is uniquely positioned to provide input needed to address the increased recruitment, hiring, and retention of African American Faculty & Staff through a sense of community, mentorship, and professional development.

As Chair, I am asking for your support in helping AAFSO become a stand-out organization at NC State and work to fulfill its core mission to support and advocate for the greater well-being of the NC State African American Community.  This Executive Committee hopes to learn and receive guidance from past leadership, but also begin with a clean slate.  We invite you to reach out with your thoughts and ideas, activities, or suggestions that will engage members and bring value to the organization.  To borrow from our previous AAFSO Chair, “the power of the organization is in your participation. A few voices can make a difference. A couple of hundred voices can move mountains.”  Help us make AAFSO a partner and advocate in the NC State campus community as we strive to truly become OnePACK.

-Mark 
AAFSO Chair