Parking Lot Update

Due to filming on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, parking and traffic will be impacted from July 5 to 12. If you plan to park in the UNC-owned lot in front of our building, please visit our Plan A Visit page. 

Commitment to Access

Commitment to Access

As a key contributor to educational excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we understand our responsibility to create programming that meets the needs of the communities we serve. We believe that inclusive practices benefit us all by fostering a welcoming experience.

  • We are committed to promoting accessibility and a sense of belonging for all members of our community.
  • We believe in creating a culture that values and respects differences, and recognize that identities take many forms, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and cultural background.
  • We work to ensure that everyone has opportunities to participate in our programs, activities, and events particularly people in rural and underserved communities of North Carolina and beyond.

We believe that everyone should be able to easily navigate our facilities and enjoy our programming. That’s why we are committed to making our experiences accessible and inclusive for all visitors.

  • Onsite accessibility: We work to provide clear and intuitive wayfinding that considers the needs of all visitors, including those with visual, auditory, or mobility differences.
  • Amplifying underrepresented voices: We are dedicated to offering programming and exhibits in multiple languages, as well as culture-specific initiatives that celebrate and honor the diverse histories, voices, and perspectives that make up our community. One such initiative is our Hidden No More program.
  • Visitor feedback: We offer visitors an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas to identify needs and improvements.

We believe all audiences should be able to connect and engage with our programming. We work to increase access and deliver programming that welcomes communities across the state.

  • Reach audiences through community influencers and schools
    • We work directly with school districts like Gates County implementing programs like Saunders Science Scholars.
    • We support Boys and Girls Clubs to produce programming and offer scholarship programs.
    • We prioritize a robust school and camp scholarship program to support Title 1 schools.
    • We support the GSK Science in the Summer™ program by providing training and materials to local community organizations.
    • We produce the North Carolina Science Festival, highlighting science across the state through partnerships with local schools, educators, HBCUs, and community organizations. NCSciFest initiatives like Duke Energy Science Nights, SciMatch, STEMville Science Spectacular, and FUTURES ensure accessible programming across NC.
  • Provide free and reduced-cost programming available to the public
    • We regularly host community science events like Teen Science Cafe, Carolina Science Cafe, and Skywatching that are free and open to the public.
    • We participate in the Museums for All initiative, offering reduced-priced admission tickets and memberships to SNAP EBT cardholders.

We believe that differences in backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences are a key driver of innovation and success, and we strive to create an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and supported.

  • Access and Opportunity (AO) Committee: Established in 2015, the committee serves to meet the organization’s inclusivity, opportunity, and accessibility goals. This group determines areas of need to better connect with our visitors, partners, and employees, both in terms of participation access and visitor experience.
  • Access initiatives specialist: We employ a full-time specialist who serves as the daily operations manager for Morehead’s access efforts and initiatives that serve our internal staff, external partners, and communities.
  • Hiring and professional development:
    • We place a welcoming workplace culture at the forefront of hiring and onboarding processes, from requiring at least one AO Committee member on each hiring committee to setting a foundation of belonging during onboarding, training, and professional development experiences.
    • Approximately 1/3 of Morehead’s employees identify as a member of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community (data regarding other identities and intersectionality is not available).
    • To promote employee engagement and retention, we work intentionally to survey staff experiences and provide career growth opportunities.
Questions, comments, or suggestions?

Please contact:

Crystal Harden, EdD
Director of Program and Access Initiatives
charden@unc.edu
919.843.8496