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Diversity in STEM Symposium

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February 5 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

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This event is at capacity, but we are opening a wait list for potential guests. If you would like to be added to the list, please fill out the wait list form.

Join us for the College of Sciences’ second Diversity in STEM Symposium: Creating Inclusive Spaces. The event will feature sessions on topics related to diversity in STEM, a keynote talk, and a poster session for undergraduate and graduate students to highlight their work.

Christina ChangThe keynote speaker for the symposium will be Christina Chang, a race and equity consultant with two decades of experience in higher education administration. She is committed to transforming institutional culture and policy with a focus on inclusion, diversity and equity.

The free event is sponsored by BASF and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Registration is required.

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Registration, Welcome and Breakfast (Check in outside Mountains/Piedmont Ballroom.)

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions 1

  • Respecting Culture in STEM Research — Madhusudan Katti, Ph.D. (College of Natural Resources)
  • Counter Spaces: The Importance of Spaces That Support Marginalized Identities — Delisha Hinton and Bri Hart (College of Textiles)
  • Inclusion in Advising — Carrie McLean, Ph.D. (Division of Academic and Student Affairs)
  • Global STEM Stories: Tales From Students’ Study Abroad Experiences — Kory Saunders and Maura McCarthy (Study Abroad Office)

10:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Break/Student Posters (in main ballroom)

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions 2

  • Being ___ in STEM — Alumni Panel (Alumni of various identities share their experience navigating STEM at the university and beyond.)
  • Inclusive Communication — Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D. (College of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • The Value of Creating Neurodiverse Spaces — Facilitated by Wesley Wade (Career Development Center)
    This session will feature examples of programs at NC State, Duke and SAS designed for students on the autism spectrum concerning their career development. In addition, participants will learn about neurodiversity and challenges undergrads and grads who identify as autistic face on- and off-campus.
  • Building Inclusivity by Breaking Artificial Barriers — Jane Lubischer, Ph.D. (College of Sciences)

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote




February 5

8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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