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Educators and Counselors


The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion (UODI) hosts numerous programs and initiatives throughout the year for students from high school and up. This page is updated regularly with information regarding upcoming programs. The following information is geared specifically for educators and counselors to disseminate among their students to help publicize the summer opportunities we offer.

Project Uplift

Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for rising high school seniors, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education. Every summer, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of multiple Project Uplift sessions. Participants learn about the college admissions process, interact with faculty, staff, and current students, and participate in educational, cultural, and social activities. Project Uplift scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.

Uplift PLUS

Uplift PLUS is an intensive, 2-week summer academic enrichment and college readiness program for Project Uplift participants. This program is only for NC residents. During the program, participants live on campus, take an essay writing course, participate in cultural competence workshops, and interact with campus partners and offices. Participants also engage in college application prep, leadership development, and experiential learning opportunities. Students must attend Project Uplift to participate in Uplift PLUS. There is no separate application for Uplift PLUS. Students must indicate on their Project Uplift application whether they would like to be considered for Uplift PLUS.

How You Can Help:

    1. Identify students who are eligible to participate in these programs. Applications are welcome from students of any background.
    1. Use the flyers below to promote Project Uplift to your students. Please post these around your school, make announcements and send this information via parent and student newsletters.
    2. Encourage students to apply for Uplift PLUS. A higher cost is associated with the Uplift PLUS program, but scholarships are available.
    1. Check in with your students before the March 15 deadline to ensure they applied for Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS. THAT’S IT! Applicants will hear back by the end of April 2024.

Important Information for Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS: