Summer Programs for Diverse Students

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The Carolina campus is buzzing with activity this summer as Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) holds two summer programs for high school students—North Carolina Renaissance and Project Uplift. These two unique programs are designed to give underrepresented minority, rural, and low-income students a residential immersion at the University. Participants explore all that the college experience entails including life in a residence hall, classroom lectures, and academic and cultural events put on by current Carolina students.

North Carolina Renaissance ParticipantsRising juniors from rural communities just completed North Carolina Renaissance (NCR), an educational four-day enrichment program that took place from May 13-16. The objective of NCR was to inspire high-achieving scholars to pursue their educational aspirations while developing leadership skills. Students participated in specially designed sessions including leadership and team building, college admissions, financial aid, and a community service opportunity.

Carolina NCR counselors also benefit from the NCR experience. In helping younger students, counselors expand their leadership skills and give back to the communities from which they came. “You can see tangible outcomes,” says Frank Tillman III, a 2013 and 2014 NCR counselor. “You can follow these students’ success and progress as they come through the program.” According to other counselors, the program makes students want to challenge themselves academically which allows them to see the participants grow and learn.

Project Uplift for Rising High School Seniors

Project Uplift’s first week out of four begins Thursday, May 22 and goes through the morning of Saturday, May 24. Also known as PU, Project Uplift will host approximately 1200 rising high school seniors this year as it celebrates the 45th anniversary of the program.

Hosted in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, PU aims to enhance the diversity of Carolina’s undergraduate population. High achieving African American, Native American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American, low income, rural and other rising seniors from historically underserved populations are recommended by their guidance counselors to apply for the program.  Accepted students are invited to experience the academic rigor and social climate of UNC. This early recruitment program provides prospective students with insight into college life and an opportunity to live and lead, and learn about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a first-hand basis. Participants attend classes, dine in Lenoir Hall, live in UNC residential communities and interact with current Carolina student counselors who coordinate cultural activities, lead group discussions, and conduct team-building exercises. The PU student staff is a close-knit cohort, many of whom have served as counselors for all four years of their Carolina tenure. Project Uplift and North Carolina Renaissance are both hosted by DMA’s Minority Student Recruitment Committee (MSRC).

Other summer programs being held on campus include Summer Bridge, a program hosted by the Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling that targets incoming first-year NC students from small/rural high schools that may lack AP or other college preparatory courses; the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP), a graduate-level research experience for highly talented students from diverse backgrounds; the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE-REU) Program in Molecular Biosciences, which provides talented undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out independent research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors; and the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (CCEE) youth programs that offer science summer camps for elementary and middle school students.

Project Uplift CounselorsAbout MSRC

The Minority Student Recruitment Committee partners with other student organizations such as the Black Student Movement, the Carolina Indian Circle, Carolina Hispanic Association, Student Government and various campus units and departments to coordinate and implement enriching academic, cultural, and social developmental programs to achieve our goal of an inclusive campus environment. The students of MSRC are committed to supporting current Carolina students in undertaking a rich, rewarding experience at the University.


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