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Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

The Symposium is a summer educational and transitional experience sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies, and their cultural heritage as a basis for helping ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State. Symposium is a retention and advancement effort of the university and is specifically designed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To maximize the academic success of students.
  2. To encourage multiculturalism.
  3. To facilitate the enhancement of strong cultural identity and positive self-esteem.
  4. To coordinate activities which enable students to build networks.
  5. To educate students and parents and relatives about the availability and appropriate use of various campus resources and support services.
  6. To provide opportunities for interaction with upperclass students, faculty, and staff.
  7. To provide information about the richness of African American, Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Native American heritage and the valuable contributions of each group to society and scholarship today.

The content of the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars is determined by the Multicultural Student Affairs staff. Additionally, the logistics and implementation of Symposium are facilitated by the Director and Assistant Directors of Multicultural Student Affairs. Several students also work in the Symposium as paid counselors during the summer.

Symposium Dates:

August 9-11

The schedule will be posted here in late July!

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Who is welcome to attend the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars? 

The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, retention and graduation of students, with an emphasis on African American, Native American and Hispanic students. The Symposium for Multicultural Scholars is one program designed to address the disproportionately lower graduation and retention rates of these underrepresented student populations at NC State. While the Symposium places emphasis on these three student groups, no student group is excluded from participating in any program or services offered by Multicultural Student Affairs. If you are a first year or transfer student, we invite you to participate in the program if it interests you.

If I have a conflict on my scheduled date for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars, what should I do?

Contact Multicultural Student Affairs at (919) 515-3835 or email Leah Young at to discuss schedule conflicts.

What do I need to do to register for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars?

All students planning to attend must register through the registration form.

Do we have to attend Symposium?

We strongly encourage all multicultural students as well as other interested students to attend a respective symposium session. Students who do not attend the Symposium often times report feeling at a disadvantage when they enter the university. This is a time to gain valuable information and connect with resources and people who can make a positive difference in your academic career at NC State. In addition, data shows that first year students that attended the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars demonstrated higher grade point averages during their first year at NC State than those that did not attend.

Where should we go first?

You should first check-in at your assigned Residence Hall for the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year. Early residence hall check-in is available between 8:00 am -1pm on the first day of Symposium. Specific times and locations will be sent via email. You are invited to eat lunch prior to the Welcome Session.

What time will the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars begin and end?

This information will be provided via email and posted here in the coming weeks.

Is there a fee for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars?

There is no additional fee for students to attend Symposium. Parents and others are responsible for their own accommodations and meals.

What should I bring?

Notebook, pen and a light jacket (buildings are air conditioned and students often report being cold).

Should my parents come?

Parents are welcome to stay and participate in a portion of the Symposium. There will be a discussion session held just for parents. Parents and guests attend symposium at their own expense (overnight accommodations and meals), however there is no charge to parents and guests to attend the Symposium. Parents/Family members session is only day 1, and the times will be posted on the schedule.

Is the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars in July with New Student Orientation?

Formerly, the Symposium did take place in July alongside the required New Student Orientation. Changes were instituted in 2008 that moved the program to be held in August as a part of Welcome Week just prior to the start of the academic year.

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