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Inaugural UNC Summit Held at the Watson College

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Summit for black faculty, staff and graduate students in the UNC system

A summit for black faculty, staff and graduate students in the UNC system drew more than 90 participants to UNC Wilmington.

Navigating Challenging Waters: Achieving Success in the Academy was held April 24-25 in the Education Building. It was hosted by the UNCW’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Watson College of Education, Cameron School of Business, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost and UNC General Administration.

The inaugural summit provided participants insight on how to advance and achieve success in academia and examined diversity at the state’s public institutions of higher education.

Deloris Rhodes, outreach liaison for the Watson College Office of Teacher Education and Outreach and a chair of the summit planning committee, said, “This was one of the most exhilarating and collaborative conferences of the spring. It brought educators together to focus on networking, mentoring and opening doors to opportunities across the spectrum of higher education.”

In addition to UNCW participating institutions were:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Capella University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Greensboro
  • UNC Pembroke
  • Winston-Salem State University

There was enthusiasm at the end of the summit for ensuring the tradition continues. Winston-Salem State University was selected as the site for the second annual summit to be held in 2015.