WKNC to air special broadcasts during Diversity Education Week

Logo for "Protected Class" podcast series

To celebrate NC State’s Diversity Education Week Oct. 15-19, WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1 will air five episodes of “Protected Class,” a podcast series about identity and communication.

Created by WKNC broadcast journalist Carter Pape in spring 2018, the eight-part special series is described as “a deep dive into the quirks, challenges, and privileges of being who you are.”  It features extended interviews with students, faculty and staff at NC State.

The theme for Diversity Education Week 2018 is  “Who Are We?: Defining the Wolfpack.” “When I heard the theme, I knew a rebroadcast of ‘Protected Class’ would be an excellent way to mark the week,” Jamie Lynn Gilbert, WKNC adviser, said. “It is an exceptional series that really provides some understanding of how individuals with different identities navigating life.”

One of the interviews, with Dr. Moses T. Alexander Greene of the African American Cultural Center, was nominated for Best Audio Podcast in College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards.

The program schedule for “Protected Class” is listed below.

Air Date Program
Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 a.m.

“Protected Class: Victor Eduardo”

The winner of NC State’s Leader of the Pack award for 2017 talks about being gay and how people think about sexuality

Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 a.m.

“Protected Class: Sinthia Shabnam”

The Vice President of NC State’s Muslim Student Association on fighting stereotypes, talking about religion, and what Muslims can do to respond to anti-Muslim sentiments.

 Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m.

“Protected Class: Carolina Londoño Zuluaga”

A graduate student from Colombia speaks about her connection to other international students, an invisible disability she lives with, and why some people she tells write it off.

Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 a.m.

“Protected Class: Moses T. Alexander Greene”

The director of the African American Cultural Center at NC State shows me that I have a lot to learn about race and identity.

Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 a.m.

“Protected Class: Lauren Siegel”

It’s easier being blind if you’re middle class, but you’ll still be treated like an infant