In February 2015, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) hired Nichole Lewis, as the new director of the Women’s Center. Lewis is a third-year student in the Educational Doctorate program in Educational Leadership at ECU. Her career includes college student affairs, healthcare administration and workforce development, and association management. Lewis’ goal for the NCCU Women Center is to increase the level of programming that continues to build the NCCU Women and help ‘her to find her own voice’. Her student leadership philosophy has been guided by the K.I.N. concept – students grow through a collegiate experience that develops their Knowledge, Image and Network. A graduate of Hampton University, Lewis firmly believes that by finding one’s voice while building one’s K.I.N., women will continue to not only serve, but lead the State of North Carolina and the nation.
The Women’s Center at NCCU began in 2007, as the first center of its kind at a public historically black college or university. The Center is a place of self-discovery, support and empowerment for the women of NCCU. The Center has been responsible for a number of programs including the Let’s Talk about It series, which focuses on developing and maintaining healthy and safe intimate relationships, I’m Every Woman Vendor Expo, which promotes minority and women entrepreneurship ventures, and HBCU Haven which is a grant-funded initiative to raise awareness of interpersonal violence in college communities of color.