North Carolina A&T State University will open its campus to a who’s who of scientists, technologists and mathematicians for a two-day conference in March.
The Urban Education Institute will bring together educators, scholars, practitioners and representatives from businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations as well as policy makers, March 23-24. This year’s theme is “African American Males in the Stem Fields: Strategies, Practices, Exemplars.”
Having the conference at N.C. A&T will allow the institute to address two pressing national issues: improving the academic engagement of African American males and increasing their participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“This is likely to be the most impressive collection of African American male STEM professionals ever assembled in one place at the same time,” said Dr. Benita Bell of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
By design, multiple African American males who have excelled in their respective field will serve as proof that individuals from this demographic can not only enter, but also excel in these fields. 
Included in this group is Dr. John B. Slaughter, the first African American to serve as director of the National Science Foundation and Dr. Louis Sullivan, former secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The accomplishments of these men in the academic, government, health care and business sector have been recognized in national and international forums.
The Urban Education Institute conference begins sessions at 1:30 p.m., March 23, includes a reception that evening, starts sessions at 8 a.m., March 24 and concludes with an awards banquet that evening.  Additional details and registration information can be obtained from the website, www.urbanedinstitute.com or by calling Claire Lewis at (336) 285-4410.