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Kai King - BA and BAA Candidate

  • 2023 MacNair's Fellow
  • 2023 CEED Ambassador
  • 2023 University Innovations Candidate (Stanford University)
  • Chicago University EDE Alumni
  • UHP Scholar

Food Insecurity Program

  • We can collaborate with several Programs around campus to support alleviating issues
    • NCCU Campus Pantry
    • NCAT Aggies Fresh
    • UHP
    • School of Business
    • School of Political Science
    • CASH
    • USDA
  • Other Resources
    • End Hunger Durham
    • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
    • Welcome Baby - Support Durham Families for over 20 years
    • Diaper Bank of North Carolina
    • Small Businesses of North Carolina
    • North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
    • NCCU Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  • Incentives and Benefits for Students and Faculty
    • Healthier Food options
    • Overall connectivity between campus
    • generation of advocacy for students in choices
    • Beginning of government help for the national food desert that resides in Durham


University Innovation Fellowship (UIF) Program

Maya Hamer

Maya Hamer - MIS/MBA Candidate

  • 2021 Grace Hopper Scholar
  • 2021 University Innovations Scholar (Stanford University)
  • PBS feature as a SLIS student
  • Graduate Assistant for Dr. Siobahn Grady
    • Researcher for “The LAIER”
    • The Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Equity Research (LAIER) pronounced LAIR will encompass work on a diverse set of topics within artificial intelligence related to:
      • 1. Machine Learning
      • 2. Human-Computer Interaction
      • 3. Diversity & Inclusion

Christopher Lawson received his Bachelor of Arts in Visual Media & Graphic Design from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. While attending school, he served as a Undergraduate Computer Science Research Assistant for the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity, Research, Education and Outreach. Christopher is now enrolled into the Master of Information Science (MIS) Program at North Carolina Central University, where he is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Equity Research (LAIER) directed by Dr. Siobahn Day-Grady. Christopher has been accepted into the University Innovation Fellowship Program and the AI Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Data Science Program. In addition, Christopher is being considered to become the NCCU Chapter President for the Association for Information Science & Technology for the upcoming 2022/2023 school year.

Dr. Siobahn Day Grady is an assistant professor of information systems at North Carolina Central University in the School of Library and Information Sciences and Director of The Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence and Equity Research (LAIER). She is the first woman to obtain a Computer Science Ph.D. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State

University and a current ambassador for the American Association for the Advancement of Science If/Then Initiative. Her research areas include authorship attribution, human-computer interaction, and machine learning. She also participates in numerous outreach activities to broaden participation in computing, especially for women and girls of color in STEM.

What is the University Innovation Fellowship (UIF) Program?

The UIF program empowers students and faculty to become leaders of change in higher education. Fellows are a leading global movement that ensures all students gain the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to navigate real word issues. The program provides -

  • Online Learning
  • In-Person Meetups
  • Year-Round mentor support
  • Tools and Resources
  • Events and Convenings

What Makes Us University Innovation Fellows

Fellows represent the student voice in the global conversation about the future of education. They become deeply familiar with the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at their schools, working closely with faculty, administrators and community stakeholders. They develop system thinking skills and learn a variety of design approaches that support their work as change agents.

Based on their deep understanding of the landscape of learning opportunities available at their schools, Fellows design and implement activities to enhance that landscape.

What is SOARing Into


SOARing into STEM is an event that is geared towards being innovative and having a design-centered focus on what can be changed around the campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). With this event, we can become change makers and make impactful changes around campus through creating events with intent to affect change. We have three ideas that can generate change and something that could be life-long. These events would include -

  • A Research Symposium/Competition
  • Food Drive
  • Career Fair

Who's Speaking

  • Inspirational speakers doing cutting edge research - STEM/Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Academia & Industry
    • We want speakers who are eager to get their research out so they will come for free if possible - Areas of focus (STEM/Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Focus on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) & Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)
    • Increase comradery and collaboration amongst other HBCUs and MSIs

Research Competition

  • Contest for NCCU student speakers
    • Present their ideas on areas focused in (STEM or Entrepreneurship & Innovation)
    • Possible tuition remission prize or separate incentive
    • Giveaways - School sponsored memorabilia
  • This could be in conjunction with the
    • Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium (GURS)

Food Drive

  • We can collaborate with the school pantry
    • NCCU Campus Pantry
    • Community Involvement & Awareness
  • Other Resources
    • End Hunger Durham
    • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
    • Welcome Baby - Support Durham Families for over 20 years
    • Diaper Bank of North Carolina
  • Incentive
    • Food Truck Festival

Career Fair

  • Partner with career fairs on campus already
    • Career and Professional Development Center
  • Other Resources
    • Handshake, VMock, and Big Interview
    • Other outside resources
      • Career Treasure
      • NC Career Works Center
      • NCCU Partnerships & Organizations


  • FDA recognizes the value of supporting high quality, small conferences and scientific meetings relevant to its public health mission
    • Examples include a symposium, seminar, workshop or any formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or virtually.

The purpose is to exchange information and explore a defined subject, issue, or area of concern impacting public health within the scope of the FDA's mission.