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The 2014 application process is now closed! Students will be notified of their acceptance in January 2014.

Click here to download the invitation letter. 

The annual Catalyst Conference brings a selected group of 100 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from North Carolina high schools to UNC-CH for a weekend-long exploration and discussion of social justices issues impacting American youth.  This year’s conference will be held from February 21st- 23rd, 2014. 

During the weekend, these students will engage with UNC-Chapel Hill student leaders who are working at the forefront of social issues in North Carolina. Students will participate in workshops related to Gender, Racial, and Socioeconomic Equality; Educational Disparity; Immigration status; Sexual Orientation; and other issues. These workshops will focus on the way these issues affect students in both Urban and Rural North Carolina.

These students will face a challenging task. They will be asked to view the world through the eyes of another and learn about the underlying similarities that connect us all. Through cultivating their leadership potentials, we prepare them to be catalysts for positive change in their own communities.

Check out our list of FAQ’s for more info about the 2014 Conference – student drop-off and pick-up sites and times, etc. Students, teachers, or counselors interested in the Catalyst Conference 2014, should please contact the co-chairs with any questions.

Catalyst Conference has a $50 registration fee upon acceptance to the conference. Do not send the fee with the application. Also, we do offer financial aid if this registration fee presents a problem. Email unccatalyst@gmail.com to apply for financial aid.

You can follow Catalyst on Twitter for updates about the 2014 conference, meetings, fundraising, and other Catalyst fun!

Co-Chairs

Michael Wilson
wilsonms@live.unc.edu

Portia Polk
ppolk@email.unc.edu