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Shaping a more diverse technology industry requires rethinking our sources of talent and broadening our recruiting pipeline to access available diverse talent. As part of its commitment to expanding its talent pipeline, Intel has announced that Tuskegee University is to receive a three-year, $450,000 grant as part of the Intel HBCU Grant Program — a $4.5 million program to encourage students to remain in STEM pathways at six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Other participating HBCUs include Florida A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University and Prairie View A&M University.
Under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Murphy, a professor in Tuskegee’s Electrical Engineering Department, the university will seek to increase its enrollment, retention and graduation of African-American students studying in the College of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering program and the Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Sciences’ Computer Science program. Funding from the Intel HBCU Grant Program will provide qualifying students with scholarships and networking opportunities among Tuskegee alumni who are practicing professionals in these disciplines.
The grant also will allow Murphy and his team — which includes Dr. Mandoye Ndoye, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Dr. Hira Narang, department head and professor of computer science; and Dr. Cassandra Thomas, assistant professor of computer science — to focus on four initiatives that will undergird their goals. These include advising students and engaging them in exciting research and design projects; launching a peer-tutorial program to augment retention and graduation rates; broadening students’ program participation through presentations, workshops and demonstrations; and exposing students to curriculum and laboratory development that emphasizes programming, robotics and embedded-systems skills.
As part of the three-year, $4.5 million Intel program, the company is awarding $3.9 million directly to the HBCUs. The remaining $600,000 will support workshops and activities that bring HBCUs and the technology industry together to ensure students are prepared with the relevant skills to enter the tech workforce. The Intel HBCU Grant Program supports multiyear investments in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering programs, curriculum and labs. The three components of the grant program include funding for scholarships, student experiences and tech industry workshops.
The Intel HBCU Grant Program resulted from a collaboration between Intel and the HBCUs to address the historic gap in HBCU students pursuing STEM degrees. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that African-American students are more likely to transfer out of STEM majors within their first year of college, and only 11 percent of bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields are conferred on African-American students.
The Intel HBCU Grant Program is part of the company’s $300 million Diversity in Technology initiative, which supports Intel’s bold goal of reaching full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. workforce by 2020. In support of this goal, beginning in 2015, Intel increased the number of schools at which it recruits by 60 percent year over year. It also encourages more women and underrepresented minorities to enter and succeed in technical fields through programs and investments with organizations that include the National GEM Consortium, Georgia Tech, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, CODE2040, and Oakland Unified School District — among others.
Following the success of Intel’s other STEM pathway programs and being named a 2016 Top Supporter of HBCU Engineering Schools by US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine, the company is excited to kick off the Intel HBCU Grant Program and nurture the next generation of diverse talent that will lead it into the future. To learn more about Intel’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit www.intel.com/diversity as well as Intel’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/corporate-responsibility/corporate-responsibility.html).