What do you enjoy most about the CD role?
I enjoy how the community director role is never the same day to day. It provides variety and skill development in multiple areas of work competencies. I have grown in all areas of work from time management, shifting focuses, to facilities management and duty response. Ultimately, there are so many committees and opportunities at NC State that I have been able to tailor my experience while still being well-rounded.- Susan Lawhead, former CD
The Community Directors are so passionate for their students and it inspires me to be just as passionate. Our group puts the students at the heart of our decisions and truly cares about their success. This position at this University is not one that keeps you behind a desk. We are fully engaged with our students and finding new ways to enhance the experience every day! You will be motivated and challenged every day! - Jeremy Lea
My favorite part of the role is overseeing the Women of Welch Village that seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive community that fosters an intersectional awareness of self and others through social justice programs. The most rewarding part is seeing them take what they are learning from programs and apply it to their majors, and personal lives. The conversations we have about intersectional feminism and how to engage in meaningful social change has taught me a lot about the women. I am honored to work with an empowering group of women! - Bri Elum
What do you appreciate most about our students at NC State?
I appreciate their passion for their studies and their work. It seems every student I meet here has a clear vision for wanting to make this world a better place after they leave it. My students are never hesitant to ask "why" questions and challenge the status quo- this mentality pushes me to be the best I can be for them. - Chase Breeden
NC State students are always thinking about how things work, and how they can make things work more efficiently or effectively. The level of engagement of our students creates great opportunities to learn with and from the Wolfpack. - Connor Brady
I appreciate supervising and advising student leaders who are committed to being socially conscious and aware of issues that may impact the residents in our community. The care and concern they have for others constantly amazes me. I find my self-learning and growing with them everyday.- Bri Elum
What’s unique about working at NC State?
NC State provides so many opportunities both in the position and across campus. Plus, being in Raleigh, you are able to connect off campus as well. Whether connecting to NCHO, Greek Life Alumni opportunities or networking at other institutions, the opportunities are endless.- Susan Lawhead, Former CD
NC State being in the capital city of North Carolina, really allows you to see how governmental changes have an impact on higher education. It is a great way to learn more about how policy and procedures have an impact on an institution.- Spenser Norman (former CD)
NC State has so many available resources for personal and professional development, that you could potentially make a full-time job just out of taking advantage of all of the opportunities out there. Whether it is a workshop or training offered by one of our many centers on our campus, or the training and professional development built into our Community Director position, I always know that I have the opportunity to and will continue to grow both personally and professionally in new and unique ways! - Katy Jones
How have you put “Think and Do” into action in your role?
Think and Do' is a great mentality of NC State. I believe I have illustrated it most by determining competencies and skills I want to achieve and finding ways to achieve them. I also believe earnestly in making students a part of any decision making so collecting their feedback and input and then being their voice to implement it as a great example of 'Think and Do.'- Connor Brady
I believe that the overall mission and goal of NC State and "Think and Do" is to positively impact and change the world. I believe that I do that in my role as a Community Director by developing and supporting not only my student leaders but also the members of my community in Wolf Ridge. Everyone wants to change the world. I do that by helping and supporting my students. I change the world, one student at a time! - Katy Jones
NC State has allowed me to put Think and Do in action across the board. Whether it be thinking about Wellness and then utilizing the resources and support on campus to challenge my own wellness, or truly affecting procedural changes, I know I am making a difference. I have had many firsts here- from guest lecturing to national presentations. NC State continues to challenge me to think and then put those thoughts into action!- Susan Lawhead, Former CD
What do you love about living in Raleigh?
The best things about Raleigh for me is the weather, the location, and the many different things to do in the city and surrounding areas. In my search, it was important to find a place that was warm most of the year but had seasons. I was also insistent on finding a place with different opportunities to engage in the community through cuisine, the arts, sports, and fitness/outdoors.- Chase Breeden
Raleigh is at the heart of a thriving and lively area around North Carolina! There are so many young professionals in various fields and it makes the culture of the city energetic and vibrant. Moreover, there are things happening around Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill that are just as exciting. I'm a native North Carolinian- and can think of no better place to be! - Jeremy Lea