Date: March 24th, 2017

Location: Sonja Haynes Stone Center



  • 10:00am – 11:00am — Welcome and Workshop — Dr. Christine Grant and Dr. Jorge Cham; Hitchcock Multipurpose room and Stone Center Theater
  • 11:15am – 11:30am — Lunch Check-in and Break
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm — Networking Lunch — Women of Color in STEM Talk; Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
  • 1:00pm – 2:15pm — Keynote speaker Dr. Freeman Hrabowski — introduction by Chancellor Folt; Stone Center Theater
  • 2:15pm – 3:00pm — Book Signing/Meet and Greet
  • 2:30pm – 2:45pm — Poster check in and setup; Hitchcock Multipurpose room
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm — Poster Presentations — Hitchcock Multipurpose room
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm — Closing and Awards; Stone Center Theater


Registration is free and open to all faculty and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill. Faculty and staff from other institutions will automatically be placed on a wait list for the conference. Notifications and confirmations will be send out by the 13th of March, 2017.

All participants (faculty, staff, students) must register to attend the conference.

About the Conference

This 2nd annual conference is focused on examining ways to bolster diversity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The all-day experience will feature nationally recognized diversity in STEM leaders:

Keynoter Speaker: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011).

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching.

A longer biography of Dr. Hrabowski is located here.

Dr. Christine Grant

Dr. Christine Grant is an Academic Resilience Strategist who partners with individuals and organizations to empower women and men in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S., Brown; M.S. and Ph.D., Georgia Tech). An international speaker, Grant conducts career coaching, professional development workshops, and keynotes across the U.S., in Ghana and Australia; her consulting company, CoolSci Productions, LLC ( designs custom, targeted programming for corporate and academic environments. A Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular engineering at NC State; she’s one of less than ten African-American women in the U.S. at that rank. Her research has focused on surface and interfacial phenomena. She is the Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement in the NC State College of Engineering. She has led in her profession as: a Fellow and Board of Directors member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); a Visiting Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); an Expert in the NSF Engineering Directorate; and a visiting faculty at Caltech, Duke and UPenn. Grant’s been recognized with several awards for broadening the participation, promotion and retention of underrepresented minorities (URM) and women in STEM including: the AAAS Mentor Award and the NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Her book, “Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor” is the culmination of Grant’s over 30 years of experiential leadership, coaching and mentoring.

Conference Experience

The Diversity in STEM Conference will focus on topics related to:

  • The impact of diversity on STEM research, funding, and development
  • Connections between STEM faculty recruitment, retention, development, and diversity
  • Women of Color in STEM fields

Goals of the Conference

  1. Provide a developmental learning experience for faculty and administrators who are in positions to support ethnic minorities and women in STEM,
  2. Provide a space for diverse scientists in STEM to engage, connect, and network
  3. Engage with national advocates for diversity in an effort to raise the university’s consciousness and ability to address diversity in STEM.


This conference is sponsored by: Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of Research Communications, Office of Graduate Education, the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Department of Chemistry, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Chancellor’s Scholars Program.