Clark Atlanta University is making history by being awarded a $10 million grant to bring data science to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The grant will allow the university to establish the program under the National Data Science Alliance or NDSA.
By 2027, the NDSA will expand the number of Black people earning data science credentials by no fewer than 20,000. They also intend to grow data science research that promotes social justice and helps stop iniquity.
The initiative will facilitate engagement across HBCUs.
Dr. Talitha Washington, director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) Data Science Initiative and professor of mathematics at Clark Atlanta University, is the lead and principal investigator of the grant.
“This is a monumental accomplishment for the HBCU community as a whole, and we at Clark Atlanta University are deeply honored to perpetuate institutional mission through data science,” said Dr. George T. French Jr., CAU president. “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 grounds. This historic award exemplifies our commitment to ensuring competitive advantage for students to succeed and excel in our data-driven society.”