To open a new center to diversify the workforce of the global technology industry, Morehouse College is partnering with Information Technology Industry Council

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  • Launching the new Center for Broadening Participation in Computing, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a global trade association representing 80 of the world’s most innovative companies, and the only historically Black liberal arts institution committed to educating and developing men, will work together to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech ecosystem (CBPC). The CBPC, which has its headquarters at Morehouse College, is an academic and business partnership that works to prepare underrepresented students for careers in technology while also creating plans to make the tech ecosystem a more just, creative, and equitable place for people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

An Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) of tech professionals advises the CBPC on how to advance STEM education on a national scale, broaden degree programs, and act as a resource for best practices in the industry for attracting and developing students of color. Through Morehouse’s membership in the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, the Center will act as a focal point for the training of college students from 19 institutions in the metro Atlanta area. High school students from all throughout Georgia will also get the chance to take part in center activities.

Students have access to top-notch computer science instruction and opportunities thanks to strategic connections with colleges including Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thanks to the Brilliant Black Minds program and his partnership with the software startup Karat, a number of free practice tech interviews have been made possible. Morehouse students will have access to more than 3,000 business, engineering, and data science courses offered by top institutions and businesses thanks to the center’s partnership with prominent online learning platform Coursera.

“The Center for Expanding Participation in Computing will work to make sure that people of color continue to be a creative force, especially as they explore the unending expanses of the scientific and technical frontiers. It is crucial to remember this when you are doing it, according to Morehouse College President David A. Thomas, Ph.D. Talented students will receive a one-of-a-kind education that will uniquely prepare them to be global leaders of innovation through cutting-edge STEM teaching, blended with a top-tier liberal arts background and close engagement with professionals in the industry.

The Center’s career development and networking opportunities, as well as its industry insight into growth areas in technology, will be beneficial to STEM majors and other students interested in jobs in the technology industry at Morehouse College and the Atlanta University System. With only 7% of the workforce, black employees are one of the most underrepresented demographics in the tech industry.

Representatives from ITI member companies make up the Center’s Innovation Advisory Board, which will use their insight and experience to strengthen Morehouse’s curriculum and certification programs in cutting-edge technologies and related fields by offering internships, fellowships, and direct recruitment pipelines. ITI and the businesses that make up its membership will offer the Innovation Advisory Board knowledge, support, and financial resources. Additionally, chances for professional development and ongoing tech education will be provided to Morehouse professors.

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