The Catalyst Conference 2015 application is now closed. 

Applicants will be notified during early December on their application status. 

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  Friday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. 

During this weekend, selected students will engage with UNC-CH student leaders who work at the forefront of social issues in North Carolina. Students will participate in workshops that introduce them to issues of gender, racial and socioeconomic equality; educational disparity; immigration status; sexual orientation; and more. These workshops will address the impact of these issues on students in both urban and rural North Carolina.

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

Check out our list of FAQ’s for more info about the 2015 Conference – student drop-off and pick-up sites and times, etc. Students, teachers, or counselors interested in the Catalyst Conference 2015, should contact the co-chairs with any questions.

The Catalyst Conference has a $50 registration fee upon acceptance to the conference. Payments should not be with the application. Additionally, we do offer financial aid if this registration fee is a monetary hurdle. Email unccatalyst@gmail.com to apply for financial aid.

Follow Catalyst on Twitter for updates about the 2015 conference, meetings, fundraising and other Catalyst fun!


Adeola Keku

Mattie Burroughs