Emerging Scholars Academy (ESA) Sessions

We’re excited to connect with you this week for Emerging Scholars Academy (ESA)! Each session this week has been carefully planned to encompass cultural topics within higher education. Below you can see what will be discussed each session as well as view prior presentations.

Opening Session – Monday Motivation

Time: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Our first session will cover the the purpose of the Emerging Scholars Academy followed by a presentation that will motivate you to continue to be the bright young scholars that you are!

Our guest speaker, Mrs. Jillian Cross, will speak to you about the how you can lend your voice to cause change and impact your communities in a positive way. Read more about her below.

Speaker Bio:

Jillian is a highly motivated educator committed to providing equitable educational opportunities for historically underrepresented student groups. Since 2014, Cross has worked full-time in higher education at various universities. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her Master’s Degree in Education from Iowa State University. Cross currently attends North Carolina State University as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development.

What’s in the Soil?

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Our guest presenter Mr. John Miller Robinson IV will discuss “What’s in the Soil?”

Read more about our speaker below.

Speaker Bio:

A student-centered scholar-practitioner, John Robinson-Miller IV, holds a master’s in higher education and bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in arts entrepreneurship, both from NC State. As a professional diversity educator, John is dedicated to empowering others to develop their understanding of cultural competency while advocating for the representation and inclusion of minoritized communities within systems of oppression. His life motto is “Adinkrahene. AYA. Sankofa.” (Lead. Endure. Remember.)

Session 1- College Admissions Presentation

Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us to learn about the different colleges on our campus and gain insight on all the possibilities that await at NC State! Our Program Coordinator, Darrius Campbell along with other university staff will speak to you about academics and the college admissions process.

Session 2 – Film & Arts

Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Walt Wolfram will be joining us to talk about Film and show vingettes of his work. Learn more about Dr. Wolfram below.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Walt Wolfram is a William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960’s and published 23 books, 8 edited collections, and more than 300 articles. Over the last two decades, he and his students have conducted more than 3,000 sociolinguistic interviews with residents of North Carolina and beyond, primarily under funding from the National Science Foundation. In addition to his research interests, Professor Wolfram is particularly interested in the application of sociolinguistic information to the public, including the production of 13 television documentaries, the construction of museum exhibits, and the development of innovative formal and informal materials related to language diversity.

STEM Innovations in Emerging Societies

Today Dr. Kanton Reynolds will discuss the impact of technology on emerging societies, particularly countries where people of African or Latinx descent are the majority. We will examine their economic systems and how innovation, product development, customization and implementation is critical in bringing prototypical poor countries into middle-class status from developing status. The presentation will in particular focus on how science and technology have impacted these countries and the diaspora.

Read more about Dr. Kanton Reynolds below.

Speaker Bio:

Kanton T. Reynolds spent twenty years in industry working for such notable companies as General Motors, IBM and Lenovo in a variety of capacities including Quality Engineering, System Assurance, Program Development and Project Management. He is a certified PMP© Project Management Professional and American Society for Quality (ASQ) Six Sigma Green Belt.

Dr. Reynolds international experience is highlighted by his work as a graduate intern at the United States Department of State where he was assigned to the political and economic sections of the US Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi. He has also worked as a graduate intern at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia where he was responsible for research on political and human rights issues in Malawi and Sudan as well as monitoring compliance with United Nations treaties and
international elections standards. Dr. Reynolds also served as an International Election Observer in Mahdia, Guyana during the 2015 elections.

Dr. Reynolds has held faculty positions at Saint Augustine’s University and North Carolina A&T State University. He currently serves as a Park Faculty Scholar for the Class of 2023 and his academic interests include STEM Study Abroad, Underrepresented Minorities in STEM, Engineering Education and Engineering Management.

Closing Session

It has been a wonderful week! We will close our Emerging Scholars Academy today with a review of the week. We are thankful to be part of your college preparation journey!