Commitment to Inclusion
Commitment to Inclusion
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 recognize the importance of providing accessible, equitable, and inclusive opportunities for science education engagement. We work to develop an interest in STEM to forge pathways for an enhanced understanding of science and future education and career opportunities.
- Share science across the state through the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSciFest) to increase the public’s access to fun, high-quality science experiences like expos, family science days, and educational lectures—learn more about NCSciFest here
- Deliver on-site and outreach programs that are accessible at little to no cost including: the GSK Science in the Summer program that provides free summer programming and community events like Teen Science Café, Skywatching events, and more
- Support a robust scholarship fund program to invite schools with limited funding for on-site and at-school visits
- Translate and share groundbreaking research from scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through our on–site exhibit spaces and outreach events—learn more about our Broader Impacts work here
- Advance the Hidden No More initiative, which aims to tell the stories of people whose contributions have not been widely acknowledged and accepted
- Develop intentional programming that shares stories with multiple, diverse histories, voices, and perspectives
- Tales of the American South shares often hard-to-tell stories about the American South’s complicated history, its present, and its hopeful future. You can also explore other tales of the American South through the creative lens of students in the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
- Support a diverse STEM community by providing opportunities for mentorship and modeling, allowing students to better envision themselves as scientists and support STEM careers by offering professional development opportunities
- FUTURES is a STEM outreach program that empowers community college faculty, staff, students, and alumni to connect with their local community through sharing their personal stories.
- SciMatch connects amazing scientists and STEM professionals with middle school teachers to help inspire the next generation
- STEMville Science Spectacular offers students grades 4 through 7 an opportunity to explore science careers first-hand
- Remain active and accountable in our commitment through our IDEA committee (established in 2015) serving to meet the organization’s inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility goals. This group is tasked with assessing our internal and external policies and procedures and identifying areas of opportunity to better connect with our visitors, partners, and employees.
- Make high-quality education and training on inclusion, equity, and diversity available to all members of the Morehead staff including student staff
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center believes it is essential to create inclusive environments and empower people who have unique perspectives. By embracing our collective similarities and differences, we enrich the quality and scope of our service to North Carolina and beyond.
Crystal Harden, EdD
Director of Program and Inclusion Initiatives
Chief Diversity Officer