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NORTH CAROLINA A&T RECEIVES $1.19 MILLION NSF GRANT

“The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.19 million grant to support the North Carolina A&Teach STEM Scholars Program, which aims to produce and support highly qualified K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators (STEM) who can effectively deliver inquiry-based instruction that is concurrently culturally relevant to students in high-need schools.

Funding will be awarded over a period of five years. Dr. Anthony Graham is the principal investigator (PI), and Drs. Tyrette Carter, Ereka Williams, Sayo Fakayode and Cailisha Petty are the co-PIs.

This collaborative project between North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford County Schools, Guilford Education Alliance and the Elimu Learning Center for Refugee Newcomers will recruit high-achieving undergraduate STEM majors at N.C. A&T and prepare them to concurrently earn baccalaureate degrees in a STEM discipline and an initial teacher certification in the state of North Carolina. The program will subsequently assist STEM Scholars with gaining employment as a secondary STEM teacher in a high need school and will supplement the district’s induction support services, ensuring the employment retention of newly certified STEM Scholars.

North Carolina A&Teach is designed to achieve the following objectives: (1) recruit 25 high-achieving undergraduate STEM students to attain teacher licensure and baccalaureate degrees in a high need STEM discipline; (2) engage STEM Scholars in a preparatory curriculum and professional development that enhance their STEM content knowledge and expertise with inquiry-based learning and culturally relevant pedagogy in STEM courses; and (3) prepare STEM Scholars to positively impact K-12 student learning through early field experiences with diverse students, community-based activities with families and non-profit organizations, clinical practice in high need schools, mentoring relationships with master classroom teachers, apprenticeship experiences with University STEM faculty, and internships in STEM businesses.”

WORKS BY DIGGS GALLERY DIRECTOR AND ARTIST FEATURED IN NEW YORK TIMES AND HUFFINGTON POST

The work of Endia Beal, interim director of Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery and highly acclaimed photographer and multimedia artist, was recently the subject of New York Times and Huffington Post articlesfor her bold photo series titled “Am I What You’re Look For. ” In her work, Beal uses photography and video to tell the often- untold stories of race and diversity in the corporate setting. She uses portraits of African-American women in office settings, their words, and videos to illustrate what women of color are thinking in this setting and what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

In the articles, she is asked a series of questions about what inspired her work; how she identified the women she worked with; if she identified with those women; as well as questions about how she got into photography.

Of the latter, Beal says in part “When I was in high school, my first love was shot and killed. I found art as a vehicle to deal with it. At that time, I just wanted to be alone. Through art I found a voice. I realized that his death was tragic, but what was even more tragic was how he was painted in the media as this kind of thug, as a criminal, but he was really in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was a poet, he was an artist, he was a lover of music. I realized that the people that I loved around me were dying senselessly, and their personal stories weren’t being told. !

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