Fayetteville State University (FSU) recently joined the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus for the second annual HBCU Diversity in Tech Summit, hosted at Howard University in Washington, D.C. This annual event is the largest collaboration of government, industry and HBCU leaders.

The Diversity in Tech Summit brings together 47 companies, 34 HBCUs and members of Congress for collective conversations around tech diversity, and preparing students of color for careers within emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Through two days of dynamic strategy sessions, participants build sustainable partnerships to strengthen course curriculum, close the skills gap and create universal best practices for the recruitment and retention of HBCU graduates.

“FSU is proud to join the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus and leaders from the tech sector for the second annual Diversity in Tech Summit,” said Dr. Pam Jackson, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Our institutions are drivers of our local economies and help prepare our nation’s students for 21st century opportunities.

“HBCUs produce 42 percent of black engineers and 47 percent of black women engineers, and are key to diversifying the tech industry. The Summit is a chance for us to work together with private sector stakeholders and create meaningful, long-term partnerships that will keep our schools sustainable for centuries to come, and position our students as leaders in today and tomaorrow’s economy.”

HBCUs contribute nearly $15 billion to the annual economy and have provided pathways of opportunity to millions of Americans, many of whom are first-generation college students.

“Despite being historically underfunded and under-resourced, these institutions continue to produce top talent, including 40 percent of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus,” said Congresswoman Alma Adams, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “That is why the Diversity in Tech Summit is so important. There is no workplace diversity, especially within the tech industry, without HBCUs. I am proud to host the second annual Diversity in Tech Summit to build a well-prepared workforce that is diverse and inclusive.”

“As our workforce needs continue to grow and evolve, it is essential that everyone has an opportunity to take part. Alabama’s 14 HBCUs and others throughout the country produce the first-class talent needed to keep our nation’s tech businesses on the cutting edge,” said Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “I am thrilled these industries have stepped up to further the conversation toward a truly inclusive workforce.”

“HBCUs add immeasurable value to our country’s higher education system, preparing nearly 300,000 students to be 21st century innovators,” said Congressman Mark Walker, vice-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “We are proud of the vital partnerships being cultivated between the technology industry and these prestigious institutions that are leading to access for students to be prosperous leaders at top companies.” 

“Internet Association is proud to once again partner with Congresswoman Adams and the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus for the Diversity in Tech Summit,” said Michael Beckerman, Internet Association president and CEO. “The Summit connects leaders in industry, academia and policy to foster sustained relationships that improve the pipeline of diverse candidates who can participate in the internet industry. The industry recognizes the importance of having a diverse, inclusive workforce and that the best way to accomplish this is to work directly with the schools preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow.”

Participating Schools and HBCU Advocacy Groups: Howard University, Florida A&M University, Fayetteville State University, Morehouse College , Bowie State University, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Spelman College, North Carolina A&T State University, Bennett College, Central State University, Morgan State University, Barber-Scotia College, Shaw University, Fort Valley State University, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, West Virginia State University, Tennessee State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Alcorn State

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