Protected Class

Protected Class
A deep dive into the quirks, challenges, and privileges of being who you are. Delivered Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Lauren Siegel
Feb 18, 2018 • 46 min
Lauren Siegel’s difficulty seeing affects her everyday life in some ways, but most jarring are the social implications. When’s the last time you were at a restaurant and the waiter asked your parents, “What does she want?” That still happens to Lauren,…
Nashia Whittenburg
Feb 14, 2018 • 45 min
The Whittenburg name carries weight, especially at NC State. Basketball legend Dereck Whittenburg led NC State to its second men’s basketball championship win, and as of recently, Nashia Whittenburg is director of NC State’s Multicultural Student Affairs.…
Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote
Feb 10, 2018 • 40 min
Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote is a practitioner of feminist theory. She leads a community center at NC State that she says is a bit of a misnomer: the Women’s Center. What does the Center actually do? And why is it necessary in the first place? Lisa spoke with…
Moses T. Alexander Greene
Feb 7, 2018 • 48 min
Moses T. Alexander Greene has a proud history, background, and upbringing. He also has a lot to teach anybody who will listen—but particularly white people like me—just how directly the history of race impacts the history of all the things we hold dear,…
Carolina Londoño Zuluaga
Feb 3, 2018 • 34 min
Carolina came to NC State to learn English, and stayed to study forest biomaterials. She was lucky to surround herself with people who are understanding of when she sometimes experiences syncope (i.e. fainting), but not everybody she’s met in Colombia or…
Sinthia Shabnam
Jan 31, 2018 • 47 min
Sinthia Shabnam speaks in different venues around campus with messages of unity, and acts as a humanizing face of Islam. But, she wants you to know: she is not a representative for all of Islam, and she doesn’t fit the stereotypes put onto her. Hear what…
Victor Eduardo
Jan 27, 2018 • 49 min
How do you explain to your dad that you’re gay when you’re afraid he might not accept it? When and where is it safe to discuss sexuality? What are the effects of five percent of Americans being invisible to the people around them? One of NC State’s most…
Erin Banks
Jan 24, 2018 • 48 min
What do vulnerability and emotional honesty have to do with dialogues about race? What cognitive effects take place that make those conversations difficult? A premier NC State psychologist answers these questions, along with some about her personal…
What is this?
Jan 24, 2018 • 4 min
Identity pervades political discourse, but societal rifts make conversations about identity nearly impossible, which then deepens political divides. How do we move forward in such a deeply divided society?