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May 11, 2017 |

Photo: Jane Harrison, left, receives her certificate of accomplishment from Beverly Jones Williams, director of outreach and education for NC State University’s Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. Photo credit: Jack Thigpen


E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,
Jane Harrison, 919-513-0122,

Jane Harrison, North Carolina Sea Grant coastal economics specialist, recently completed a program through the Equal Opportunity Institute at NC State University. Participants increase their knowledge of equal opportunity issues in the workplace and develop skills to excel in varied professional and academic environments.

“What I have learned will help me to reach and serve diverse audiences in my work for North Carolina Sea Grant,” says Harrison. Her research has included economic and workforce development with high-school students in eastern North Carolina and fishermen along the Atlantic Coast.

“This knowledge will be useful for my work with the national Sea Grant Network, too,” she adds. With colleagues from Sea Grant programs across the country, Harrison is documenting a series of best practices and developing recommendations for the national network to broaden the reach of, and increase inclusion in, activities.

“I am very pleased that Jane took the initiative to enroll in this program,” says Jack Thigpen, North Carolina Sea Grant extension director. “Her experience will add value to our outreach programming — as well as to activities of the 32 other programs in the Sea Grant network — to appeal to and assist additional audiences.”

The institute, part of NC State’s Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, offers this yearlong, professional-development certificate to the university’s students and employees, as well as the public. For more information, go to


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