NC State to Host First Equity Research Symposium | News

NC State will host the University’s first Social Equity Research Symposium, bringing together more than 100 researchers from across campus to answer the question “What does equity mean to you?”

The inaugural equity research symposium includes a keynote address by Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics at Harvard University and one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history.

“Her work combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies,” said symposium co-coordinator Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, assistant dean for diversity with a doctorate in literature. “He really emphasizes equal opportunities. How do we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds a better chance of success?

The University describes the event as “a true collaboration across the university and is sponsored by the deans of the 10 colleges”. Other contributors include the Graduate School, the Academic and Student Affairs Division, the University Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Office of Research and Innovation, and the Research Leadership Academy.

“The goal of the symposium is to bring together researchers who are examining equity in their research so that we can develop these collaborations and potentially pursue interdisciplinary projects,” said symposium co-coordinator Karen Hollebrands, a professor at the College of Education.

Hollebrands said unity is a big part of the symposium.

“The goal of the symposium is to bring together researchers who are examining equity in their research so that we can develop these collaborations and potentially pursue interdisciplinary projects,” said Hollebrands.

Equity research will be presented through the lens of gender, linguistic, educational, environmental, economic and racial dynamics, to name a few. The symposium will feature research presented in panel discussions, panel discussions, lightning sessions and poster presentations.

“We highlight research across all disciplines,” Hollebrands said. “You might think of research as something that is done in a lab…but social science research often involves the study of people and systems…research can be very different depending on the discipline.”

The Equity Research Symposium takes place February 8 at Talley Student Union, with sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The symposium is open to the North Carolina State community and the general public in person or via live stream.

NC State and members of the general public can join Talley Student Union on the day of the event or Register online in advance.

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