This is the first of an annual Summit, which falls on a pivotal year, the 125th Anniversary of our founding. If you are unfamiliar with the university history, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) was founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School to train the local Native American population's public school teachers. Today, UNCP is one of the 17 institutions that comprise the University of North Carolina system and has a total enrollment of 6,269. It serves a large proportion of underrepresented minorities (Native American 16%, African American 32%, Hispanic 3%), which reflects the demographics of the surrounding region. With almost one-third of the students at UNCP coming from Robeson County, it is not only our duty to give back to the surrounding community, but it is one of our core values.
Our Diversity and Leadership Summit will bring together 150 students, faculty, and staff from across the state of North Carolina and the Southeast of the United States. The theme for this year is "Portraits of Our Past, Framing Our Future," where we will focus on the impact of the diverse histories among our students and how actions today influence the future, as well as instruction for faculty and staff on how to better serve our diverse student population. Specifically, we will be providing developmental education in the areas of student academic success, cultural competence, personal and financial responsibility, and leadership and ethics.
During our 7 hour event, the day will be packed with keynote speakers, break-out sessions, and a continental breakfast and luncheon. The keynote speakers will consist of one UNCP faculty member and one community leader, both of whom have worked/advocated for the further development and education of our culturally diverse populations.
The Diversity and Leadership Summit will be organized and conducted by the UNCP Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). ODI seeks to provide educational programming that promotes character, personal and social development, leadership, and inclusion of all students in a traditionally underserved and at-risk community. Because a large majority of the students at UNCP come from traditionally underprepared and underserved communities, it is our goal to offer educational programming that seeks to bridge the gap between students from affluent backgrounds and those from our under-resourced communities, as a result of deficient public education and individual preparedness. We seek to present students with instruction regarding topics that enrich and develop the necessary skills for success in students' personal and professional lives, so all students, regardless of racial/ethnic background, are presented with the necessary education to ensure academic and personal achievement.
Please contact us at 910.521.6508 or by e-mail at email@example.com, with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 27th!
Robert L. Canida, II, Director
Diversity and Inclusion
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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