Evans wins back-to-back awards for community service, diversity and inclusion efforts

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NC State staff member Raven Evans is passionate about two things: recruiting diverse candidates to work at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and volunteering in her community.

Her enthusiasm for these efforts and the considerable effort she puts into them are among the reasons why Evans, staffing specialist for University Temporary Services (the in-house temporary staffing service for NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill) recently won the return to -awards.

In April, Evans won the Chancellor’s Community Building Award for Outstanding Staff at the Excellence in Diversity Recognition event. The award recognizes staff who demonstrate excellence in integrating diversity, equity and inclusion beyond their administrative roles.

“It’s probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever had for diversity and inclusion in my role at UTS,” Evans said. “That’s why I’m here, that’s what I do, so it was super surreal to go through the experience of receiving this award.”

Earlier this month, Evans received the Excellence in Human Relations Award from the Office of Finance and Administration. The award recognizes employees for their outstanding contribution to improving the quality or morale of the workplace or the public image of a department or division, state of North Carolina or a state government. As a result of her victory, Evans is a finalist for the Award for Excellence in Human Relations at the University Level.

“Because so much of the work we do with UTS is team-driven, I can’t acknowledge receiving this award without also thanking the team,” Evans said. “It’s a great reward for our team.”

UTS Deputy Principal Kristen Schmitt, Evans’ supervisor, nominated Evans for both awards.

“It’s all so inspiring,” Schmitt said of Evans’ back-to-back wins. “I told her that I was going to work for her one day because she was going to conquer the world. I think she’s Superwoman, and it’s rare to find people like her who are always willing to go the extra mile to help someone.

Create opportunities for others

Evans, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, has been with UTS since May 2017. She began her career at UTS as a temporary employee as a staffing assistant. Later that year, Evans became a permanent employee of UTS and began working as a recruitment specialist. She has been in her current role as Senior Staffing Specialist since November 2019.

In his role, Evans plays a vital role in NC State’s efforts to recruit a skilled and diverse workforce. She helps UTS create and maintain partnerships with organizations that work to create employment opportunities for people from marginalized groups. These organizations include Treatment and Education for Children with Autism and Communication Disabilities, Dress for Success, National Association of Black Accountants, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

“A lot of what we do at UTS is trying to find talent in spaces where people don’t necessarily look all the time,” Evans said. “I think these efforts have been really beneficial for us because they have created not only a diverse university, but also a university that is more capable of fulfilling its mission: to try to help students. What makes UTS really, really great is the fact that it gives us the space to do it and create opportunities for others.

Schmitt said one of the things that makes Evans a staffing expert is her ability to advocate for candidates. Evans does a great job talking to hiring managers about why they should consider hiring a candidate who has struggled in the past or is re-entering the workforce, Schmitt said.

“A lot of these people got temporary and eventually permanent roles,” Schmitt said. “She really gave them a foot in the door, and then all of a sudden they have a career. I know that’s what drives her, and it’s so rewarding for her and amazing to watch for me. .

Evans said her passion for helping marginalized groups grew when she became involved with the Black Student Union and Delta Sigma Theta sorority as a student. Her involvement with these groups has helped her see how difficult it can be for women, people of color and other marginalized groups to find professional opportunities.

“I think getting involved in campus life made me realize that there are opportunities that people before me didn’t have and that I want to create for people who come after me,” he said. she declared.

Serve the community

Evans’ efforts to help others find career opportunities go beyond her work as a UTS employee. She also volunteers with Dress for Success, a global non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic success, helping women write resumes and cover letters and improve their interview skills.

“Sometimes people do amazing things, but those things have to be spelled the right way or spelled the right way for the right person to see them and give them the opportunity to get the job they want,” Evans said. “I’m super passionate about it.”

That’s not all Evans does for his community. As Chair of the Collegiate Connection Committee for the Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in Durham, she coordinates outreach initiatives. Evans organized a toy drive, a book drive, and an effort to educate people about their right to vote.

“There’s a need in our community, and we want to make sure we’re meeting that need if we have the capacity to do so,” Evans said. “That’s why I get so involved in community service – because if I see there’s a need, I want to be able to help.”

No one was more excited to see Evans take home both awards than UTS manager Laura Cooper.

Cooper watched the awards ceremony where Evans won the Chancellor’s Award for Community Building via live stream. When Evans won, Cooper said, she ran from her home office to her husband’s home office and shouted, “Raven won!”

When Evans won the Excellence Award, Cooper and a few of Evans’ colleagues attended the awards ceremony in person.

“Seeing her face light up when she won and being so excited gave me chills,” Cooper said. “I was crying tears of joy.”

This post originally appeared in University Human Resources News.

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