The Mary Renault Society

The Triangle Area of North Carolina

LGBTQ Pride Center at NC State: Growing Forward

Dr. Charla BlumellOur presenter for August 27, Dr. Charla Blumell, is the Director of the LGBTQIA+ Pride Center within the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) at North Carolina State University. This means that it is her Center’s task to help LGBTQ and allied individuals connect and form community — students, faculty, staff, and alumni/alumnae. This includes all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, aromantic, queer, transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, intersex, and questioning students and their allies. Comprehensive … and a bit overwhelming.

Connecticut-born, Dr. Blumell is now a Durham resident. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES®), as well as a certified health and wellness coach. She is a subject matter expert in the areas of sexual health, healthy relationships, stress management, and self-care. Her wellness experience includes over a decade of teaching in public health at the collegiate level (East Carolina University); in addition, she has been lecturer and facilitator for several local/regional colleges and universities, as well as the surrounding community, since 2001.

In 2015, she completed her doctorate in Adult Education, with a concentration in health, from North Carolina State University. She then served as an Assistant Director of Health Promotion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2017-2022. Just before moving to NC State, she was inducted into The Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC-CH’s oldest and highest honor society, for instrumental work as a campus connector, community builder, and leader.

Our session will be a roundtable discussion regarding the Center’s past, present, and future, as well as LGBT life/issues of the campus community it serves. Come and learn about campus life and experiences.


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