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Programs and Events

The College of Sciences holds several recurring events focused on fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community.

Ph.D. student Maureiq Ojwang' explains her research poster to an attendee.

Events for All Audiences

Celebrating Diversity in STEM Dinner

Each year, the college hosts the Celebrating Diversity in STEM Dinner, which mixes students with science leaders from diverse backgrounds among NC State’s faculty, alumni and friends. Attendees hear from a keynote speaker and network with others in the college and university community.

In recent years, BASF has sponsored this event and hosted a networking reception for students before the dinner.

Past speakers have included these NC State alumni:

  • 2020: Kevin Clark, professor and director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity, George Mason University
  • 2018: Nora Gardner, managing partner at McKinsey & Co.
  • 2017 (fall): Machelle Sanders, N.C. Secretary of Administration
  • 2017 (spring): Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University

Diversity in STEM Symposium

Every two years, the college’s Diversity in STEM Symposium brings together NC State students, faculty, staff and alumni and the general public to explore issues related to increasing and supporting diversity in STEM fields.

The day includes a keynote speech, research poster presentations, networking opportunities and breakout sessions. Past symposia have included sessions on respecting culture in STEM research, inclusion in advising, breaking artificial barriers and creating spaces that support marginalized identities.

Highlighting Inclusive Spaces

Around 300 people from all over the Triangle attended the 2020 Diversity in STEM Symposium. See photos, and get a recap of the day’s highlights.

An attendee shares her perspective during a

Student Events

For more than 30 years, the college has honored graduating seniors with awards in academic achievement, leadership, community service and other categories at its Diversity Senior Banquet. The banquet is organized by the college’s Office of Academic Affairs and the Society for Multicultural Scientists.

Other events to support diverse students during the year include the Back-to-School Cookout, Society for Multicultural Scientists Retreat, GLBTQ+ in STEM workshop series and Alumni Day.

Recruitment Events

The Wolfpack Weekend two-day summer visitation and recruitment program gives high-achieving high school students a chance to live on campus, tour Raleigh, get a glimpse of academic and cultural life at NC State, meet faculty and students, and get to know the College of Sciences and the College of Natural Resources. The purpose of the program is to increase the recruitment of students underrepresented in the sciences.

K-12 Programs

The Science House, the college’s K-12 outreach and education arm, runs several programs to engage underrepresented K-12 students in the sciences.

Imhotep Academy is a year-round middle school enrichment program that introduces students to the world of STEM with a particular emphasis on reaching students who are underserved and historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Imhotep aims to increase students’ awareness and enthusiasm for learning STEM, build students’ confidence and identity in STEM, and inspire students to continue studying STEM throughout high school and college. Participants engage in a variety of activities including hands-on investigations, laboratory tours, field trips and interactions with STEM professionals.

Students conduct an experiment

Kyran Anderson Academy is a one-week summer enrichment program for rising third through sixth graders designed to enhance students’ enthusiasm and preparation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with a particular emphasis on reaching underserved and students historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Students actively discover the wonder of STEM through inquiry-based activities, field trips, presentations and career exploration activities with STEM professionals.

Catalyst is a high school program designed to create STEM opportunities for students with disabilities. Students learn STEM content and skills through hands-on labs and research; participate in STEM field trips, mentoring opportunities and paid internships; improve workforce readiness and soft skills; and explore STEM educational pathways and careers. Catalyst also provides students job exploration counseling, workplace readiness training, work-based learning experiences, counseling on postsecondary options and development in self-advocacy.

Other Programs and Events

The College of Sciences develops, hosts and partners with other campus organizations on a variety of diversity-related workshops and events for faculty staff and students. Connect with us to learn more.


Jamila Simpson
Associate Dean for College Success and Well-Being

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