Clark Atlanta University has received a $10 million grant to advance its students.
WSB-TV Atlanta reports the money awarded to the historically Black university will make data science accessible by creating a program under the National Data Science Alliance (NDSA). In five years, “the NDSA will expand the number of Black people earning data science credentials by no fewer than 20,000.”
“This is a monumental accomplishment for the HBCU community as a whole. Clark Atlanta University has deep roots in conducting data science research that promotes equity, including the seminal works of scholar and former faculty member W.E.B. Du Bois on these hallowed ground,” CAU President George T. French Jr., Ph.D. said, according to WSB-TV Atlanta.
NDSA Hopes To Work With More HBCUs
In addition, the NDSA will work with other HBCUs and secure academic partnerships to spike engagement and encourage equity-based findings in data science.
This will be crucial as the field takes knowledge and insights from noisy and unstructured data to create actions for businesses or organizations, according to IBM. Therefore, more minority groups in the field can ensure findings are not led by cognitive bias.
The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute
As for more Clark news, it will welcome applicants for its 2023 Community of Fellows for the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).
The 12-month program will offer students curriculums centering on operations, budgeting, alumni relations, fundraising, development, board governance, and human resource management. The purpose of the program is to foster management and leadership skills.
Up to 30 applicants will be selected and applications close on Oct. 19, 2022.