North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics presents: 

2023 Ethics & Leadership Conference 

Equity In STEM: Ethical Implications for STEM Professions  

Monday, October 30, 2023

Registration Opens 

Friday, September 1st, 2023

Featured Speakers: 

Michael Vazquez, PhD

Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy 

Director of Outreach, Parr Center for Ethics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Santos Flores, PhD

Research Scholar at NC State University 

Executive Director of Terreiro de Arte e Cultura

Conference Information: 

What: The 2023 Ethics and Leadership Conference: Equity In STEM: Ethical Implications for STEM Professions is a day of presentations, problem-solving, and small-group student conversations facilitated by STEM professionals with opportunities to connect with students from across NC. 

Conference Theme: Historically, STEM professions have not been inclusive, representative, and equitable for women, members of marginalized minority groups, and economically disadvantaged people.  This unjust reality is deeply rooted in discrimination based on race, gender, and class in both STEM fields and K-12 STEM education. These systems perpetuate oppression and harm to minoritized individuals and the world, resulting in the loss of talent and solutions. At the 2023 NCSSM Ethics and Leadership conference, high school students from around North Carolina will explore the ethical implications of eradicating systemic challenges in STEM. Students will hear from scholars in ethics and youth leadership development and practitioners in STEM fields while interacting with each other to come up with solutions to make STEM fair for everyone.

Who: Open to all North Carolina High School students (grades 9-12) interested in exploring equity in STEM fields

When: Monday, October 30, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Registration will open soon, space is limited.  

Where: The Durham Campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

How: Attend in-person. Registration opens soon at:

Cost: Free

Why join us for this event?