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2024 NC Neurodiversity Career Summit

Save the Date for 2024: Friday November 1, 2024

Become an employer: email our team at neurodiversity@duke.edu

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Neurodiversity Connections began hosting the North Carolina Neurodiversity Career Summit in 2022. This event was previously hosted through North Carolina State University under the leadership of Wesley Wade. Recognizing the need for such an important event, Duke University’s Neurodiversity Connection group agreed to take on the hosting task to ensure North Carolina students would continue to have the opportunity to support and engagement with neurodiverse-supportive employers. We partner with the Duke University Career Center to host this annual virtual event, and are fortunate to have received sponsorship from the Blackshear-Heaton Fund, Office for Institutional Equity and Office of Undergraduate Education. The Summit is open to any college students from North Carolina.

The Career Center recruits neurodiversity-informed employers from various fields. In years past we had representation from healthcare, journalism/publishing, government (federal and state), energy, information technology, biotech/pharmaceuticals, and consulting.

The event is co-planned by university staff, faculty and students. Each year the student planning committee helps select an opening keynote speaker or panel to discuss relevant topics related to neurodiversity (how to navigate the recruitment process, how and/or when to disclose to your employer about your neurodiversity, how to navigate management, how to navigate corporate or freelance employment). Career Fair participants have the opportunity to interactive live with speakers and ask questions.

After the keynote, participants can enter one-on-one meetings with various employers. Since the event is virtual, students can schedule the meetings around their class schedule.

The Career Center offers preparation and follow-up support sessions for students to ensure they field comfortable and prepared for the event and how to follow up with employers.