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Science for All Summit

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From IDEA to Action

April 5-6, 2023

Friday Conference Center Chapel Hill, NC

On April 5-6, 2023, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host the inaugural Science for All Summit at the Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The Summit is a community convening to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The theme of this year’s Summit is From IDEA to Action.

The purpose of the Summit is to engage educators, practitioners, researchers, thought leaders, and other change agents in conversation and knowledge building around emerging issues and innovative strategies related to advancing IDEA in STEM. Putting these ideals into practice requires an intentional focus on creating authentic and adaptive environments while simultaneously cultivating a community that collaborates, innovates, and implements promising practices shown to effect sustainable change. At the Summit, we will provide opportunities to share new research findings, exchange resources, discuss strategies, and demonstrate effective practices and interventions. Our ultimate goal is to move From IDEA to Action as a community in the coming year.

The program will include keynote addresses by Christopher Emdin, PhD, and Chelsey Juarez, PhD, as well as a private screening of Tales of the American South in Morehead’s fulldome theater. Additional program details are forthcoming. If you are interested in presenting at the Summit, please submit your session proposal using the link below by 5:00 pm on January 13, 2023.

Registration will open in late January 2023. Please join our mailing list using the link below to stay informed about Summit news and updates.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund logo

We are grateful to Burroughs Wellcome Fund for their generous support as our presenting sponsor.

We are grateful to the following individuals who are volunteering their time to serve on the Steering Committee.

Ashley Boyette
Learning Engagement Coordinator, Marbles Kids Museum

Rene Daughtry
President/Founder, Aisymmetry

Linda Dion
High School Science Teacher, Holly Springs High School

Ariana Eily, PhD
Lecturer, Elon University

Sierra Gibbs
Program Administrator, we are

Atrayus Goode
President and CEO, Youth Mentoring Collaborative

Crystal Harden, EdD
Director of Program and Inclusion Initiatives, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Jamie Lathan, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Extended Learning, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Alfred Mays
Chief Diversity Officer and Strategist, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Stephani Page, PhD
Director of Strategic Initiatives, WEPAN – Women in Engineering ProActive Network

Josmell Perez
Director, Carolina Latinx Center

Stephanie Ridley
Director of Advancement, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Keaundra Robinson
Equity Leadership and Strategy Coordinator, Durham Public Schools

Mark Townley
Assistant Director of Programs, Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership

Deanna Townsend-Smith, EdD
Senior Director, Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity

Megan Vinh, PhD
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

This two-day Summit will incorporate keynote presentations, plenary sessions, and breakout sessions to encourage conversation and knowledge building. Additional program details are forthcoming. If you are interested in presenting at the Summit, please submit your session proposal using this link by 5:00 pm on January 13, 2023.

Wednesday, April 5, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Friday Conference Center
Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Thursday, April 6, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Friday Conference Center

Registration will open in late January 2023. Summit capacity is limited to 200 participants. Please join our mailing list to stay informed about Summit news and updates, including notice when registration opens.

Accommodations are the responsibility of individual participants.

A block of rooms has been held at the following properties:

Courtyard by Marriott
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill NC 27517
Conference rate: $169/night

Hampton Inn & Suites
6121 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill NC 27517
Conference rate: $139/night

The cutoff for reservations using the group discount is 5:00 pm on March 5, 2023.

Please download our flyer to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Presenting Sponsor

Burroughs Wellcome Fund logo

Summit Champions

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Summit Allies

Summit Exhibitors

Are there scholarships available to ensure the Summit is accessible and inclusive? Yes! When you register, please indicate that you are requesting scholarship support. You will be notified about your scholarship status by March 1, 2023.

Please contact scienceforallsummit@unc.edu with general inquiries.

Please contact Stephanie Ridley to discuss sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.