Fayetteville State University (FSU) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its AGORA Program, managed by FSU’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS).  

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Fayetteville State University’s AGORA Program will be featured, along with 77 other recipients, in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

“The AGORA Project is an innovative and dynamic STEM enrichment program for underserved, underrepresented and minority high school students in grades 9 – 12” says Mr. John Bellamy, Interim Executive Director for the CDHS.  “The program serves as a Pipeline for students to learn the technical skills required for entry into institutions of higher learning for additional training and education to fill critical gaps needed in the STEM workforce. Students receive hands-on training in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs at Fayetteville State University, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The work that the students, mentors and instructors have put into this program over the past 4 years has been exceptional.”

NSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected FSU’s AGORA Program because of its dynamic course content, where Master STEM Instructors deliver a host of training programs ranging from computer basics, Introduction to Python, Robotics, C++, Fundamentals in 3-D Printing, Cybersecurity basics, and more. AGORA students are comprised of a very diverse group of young men and women from underserved communities who are given the chance to excel in areas that are typically not offered in rural and impoverished school communities.

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