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The annual Catalyst Conference brings a select group of approximately 100 freshmen, sophomores and juniors from North Carolina high schools to UNC-Chapel Hill for a weekend-long exploration and discussion of social justice issues impacting North Carolina youth.  This year’s conference will be held from Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. 

During this weekend, selected students will engage with UNC-CH student leaders who work at the forefront of social issues at the university, in North Carolina, across the country and abroad. 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.

Participants 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.

Applications for the 2017 conference will open in Fall 2016; please check back then for updates!

Check out our list of FAQ’s for more info about the 2016 Conference — student drop-off and pick-up sites and times, etc. Students, teachers or counselors interested in the Catalyst Conference, should contact the co-directors with any questions.

The Catalyst Conference has a $50 registration fee upon acceptance to the conference. Payments should not be included 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.

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Dana Mansfield and Lauren  Martin