2022 North Carolina PKAL Regional Network Meeting

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM: Practical Applications for the Classroom

A Virtual Event hosted by North Carolina A&T State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

February 4, 2022

1601 E. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

North Carolina A&T State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) are pleased to announce the 2022 meeting of the North Carolina PKAL Regional Network: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM: Practical Applications for the Classroom. The virtual meeting will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022.

Event Synopsis

There has been much focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in STEM higher education in the past two years, but most of this effort has been on high-level issues, such as support/ally statements and policy refinement. Less discussion has been focused on practical applications related to how we can weave EDI principles into the classroom. The goal of this meeting is to focus on classroom-level strategies to address EDI issues, including ways to (1) facilitate classroom discussion to ensure all students’ voices are heard, (2) develop course materials that showcase a variety of inclusive perspectives, and (3) strategize approaches that for creating a classroom environment of inclusive excellence.

Dr. Gail Jones, North Carolina State University, will deliver the morning keynote entitled: Sticking with STEM: Who Comes, Who Leaves, Who Stays? Dr. Angela White, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, will facilitate an afternoon plenary workshop: Diversifying the STEM Education Ecosystem. Learn more about the speakers here.

We encourage attendees to have syllabi and other course materials available during the meeting so they can self-reflect on ways to advance their classroom EDI efforts during the breakout sessions and in the expert-led workshop / keynotes. Additional knowledge sharing will occur during morning lightening idea talks and poster sessions where attendees selected from the call for abstracts can present their own work that connects with our event theme.


The event runs from 9 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern. To view the schedule and session abstracts, visit here.

Event Registration

Registration is online.

The general registration fee is $55 per person; graduate student registration is $25 per person. The registration deadline is January 31, 2022. Space is limited.

Non-tenure-track STEM faculty are encouraged to attend, and are eligible to receive a registration fee waiver. Waivers are limited. First-come, first served. The waiver is contingent on participation in a one-hour listening session for non-tenure track STEM faculty attendees and the PKAL executive office. This listening session will serve to inform the future ways in which PKAL is able to ensure that the professional development needs of our non-tenure track colleagues are met.

For additional information about the 2022 North Carolina PKAL Regional Winter Meeting, please contact:

Conference Directors

Dr. Kelsie Bernot
North Carolina A&T State University
[email protected]

Dr. Christopher K. Rhea
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
[email protected]