Clark University in Atlanta received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring data science to HBCUs through the National Data Science Alliance (NDSA)
ATLANTE, August 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Atlanta Clark University (CAU) makes history as the first historically black college and university (HBCU) to receive a $10 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES program to establish the National Data Science Alliance (NDSA).
The NDSA will increase the number of black people earning data science degrees by at least 20,000 by 2027 and expand data science research that advocates for social justice and works to eliminate bias. To achieve this visionary goal, the NDSA will facilitate engagement of all HBCUs with collaboration from industry and academia to broaden participation and advance social justice in data science.
“This is a monumental achievement for the HBCU community as a whole, and we at Atlanta Clark University are deeply honored to continue the institutional mission through data science,” said the President George T. French Jr.doctorate”Atlanta Clark University has deep roots in conducting data science research that promotes equity, including the seminal work of researcher and former faculty member WEB Wood on these sacred grounds. This historic award exemplifies our commitment to ensuring a competitive edge for students to succeed and excel in our data-driven society. »
Talitha Washington, the principal investigator and grant principal, is the mastermind behind the NDSA. As Director of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative and Professor of Mathematics at Atlanta Clark Universityshe is passionate about engaging more HBCUs and building a community to accelerate data science student readiness and uncover solutions to data-driven problems that impact black lives.
“We are thrilled that many HBCUs are collaborating with us to develop new equity-based discoveries in data science and expand student pathways that will change the face of data science,” Washington said.
The NDSA is supported by the AUC Consortium, led by Michael Hodgewith an industry-university collaboration led by Moses Garuba (Howard University) and collective impact efforts led by H. Justin Ballenger (Morehouse College). The three regional hubs of the NDSA are led by LaTanya Brown Robertson (Howard University), sajid hussein (Fisk University), and Eric Mintz (Atlanta Clark University). The evaluation will be conducted by Kavita Mittapalli (MN Associates).
The NDSA will catalyze large-scale, systemic change by engaging more than 1,000 HBCU faculty and create equity-based data science ecosystems where all students can learn and grow.
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