Each summer, the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) sponsors Project Uplift. Project Uplift is a weekend experiential program during Summer Session I for academically gifted rising high school seniors from underrepresented populations.

This program serves as an opportunity for the entire campus community to contribute to the rich diversity of Carolina’s applicant pool.  We hope that your unit/school/division will consider getting involved in one or more of the following ways:

  • Provide faculty support for a mock classroom – 1 hour
    • This session will expose students to the general UNC academic experience.
  • Participate in the resource/college fair – 1.25hr
    • This fair will expose students to departments across campus and colleges from across the state.
  • Lead an experiential learning session – 1.5hr (lab, simulation, group project)
    • This session will offer hands-on learning opportunities for participants.

We are asking your unit/school/division to participate in at least one session during one of the following Project Uplift program dates:

  • May 23 – 25, 2019
  • May 30 – June 1, 2019
  • June 6 – 8, 2019
  • June 13 – 15, 2019

Please sign up below no later than Friday, April 26th, 2019. We will send out a finalized schedule by Friday, May 3rd, 2019. We will also hold mandatory training sessions on May 7th and 8th.

Examples of past sessions:

Mock Classroom/Academic Session Examples:

  • Example 1:
    • Department: School of Education
    • Title: The Importance of Understanding the Diversity in Counseling
    • Description: Counseling is a helping profession where one provides the support and insight that is needed to help someone deal with pressing issues and concerns. In order to truly provide the correct guidance and support to clients, counselors need to be aware of diversity issues that can negatively impact that counseling relationship. This mock lesson will provide students with an overview of diversity, and then guide the participants to discussions on how diversity can influence one’s ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling of which counselors need to be aware when providing therapy to clients. Diversity issues addressed in this mock session will include, but will not be limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender. Additionally, issues related to diversity such as privilege, power, and oppression and the impact of these on K-12 schools will also be discussed.
  • Example 2:
    • Department: Geography
    • Description: A Global Sense of Place. By introducing students to the ideas of place and globalization, this session encourages them to consider their role on campus and the world at large in light of core concepts in human geography.

Experiential Learning Session Examples:

  • Example 1:
    • Department: University Libraries
    • Title: My Hometown: Then and Now
    • Description: Project Uplift participants will have the opportunity to develop their research and digital literacy skills. Students will create a social media graphic based on historical materials in Wilson Library and their own take on their North Carolina hometown. At the end of the session, students will understand how special collections can support their college-level research and the role of digital literacy in academic discourse.
  • Example 2:
    • Department: Psychology and Neuroscience
    • Description:Members of the DSNLab will run a “Brain Academy” to teach students about psychology and neuroscience. With the students, we will debunk myths about the brain, teach them brain tricks, and have them play different brain games. This session will be designed to teach students about the developing brain in a fun and interactive way.