Claflin University today announced it is one of 10 institutions to receive a $5 million grant from Google, designed to help create pathways and opportunities for increased diverse representation in the STEM industry. The one-time unrestricted financial grant will provide Claflin University with financial support for scholarships, technological infrastructure support, career readiness and curriculum development.
“Claflin University greatly appreciates Google’s support and transformational investment in HBCUs. The gift will enhance our commitment to providing students access to exceptional academic programs in a distinctive, culturally-diverse environment,” said Claflin University President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack. “This grant demonstrates the strength and trajectory of Claflin’s global reputation as a leading liberal arts university with a thriving STEM agenda. These funds will also support University initiatives related to enhancing technology in the rural communities we serve.”
Graduates from Claflin’s STEM programs have launched careers with globally-prominent tech companies, conducted results-driven research at state-of-the-art laboratories, and attended prestigious graduate and professional schools.
Claflin’s Computer Science Program earned Computer Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation on October 1, 2017. Significantly, Claflin is one of only three private colleges or universities in the state of South Carolina with ABET accreditation. Equally significant, Claflin is among very few UNCF institutions with an ABET-accredited computer science program.
“I’m delighted to provide our HBCU partners with a $50 million unrestricted grant,” said Google Chief Diversity Officer Melonie Parker. “These institutions are actively shaping the next generation of Black leaders and are helping build a more diverse workforce across all industries. This investment further solidifies our commitment to providing access and opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech.”
“Google’s commitment to investing in Claflin University and HBCUs around the country is a testament to the important role HBCUs play in higher education today,” said Congressman James E. Clyburn. “This type of financial support will not only help provide students with necessary access to scholarships, technology, and career readiness programs, but will also create equitable programs that will ensure access to the jobs of tomorrow. We can all take pride in partnerships such as this one that supports underrepresented groups in tech and uplifts Claflin University and South Carolina’s Sixth District.”
“I am thrilled that Google has chosen to support one of South Carolina’s HBCUs, Claflin University,” said South Carolina State Representative and Legislative Black Caucus Chair Patricia Henegan. “This generous gift will be a game-changer for students and our state as a whole as we look to increase opportunities in the STEM industry.”
See here for more information about how Google is partnering with HBCUs.
This investment builds on Google’s Pathways to Tech initiative, which was announced earlier this year and is designed to build equity for HBCU computing education, help job seekers find tech roles, and ensure that Black employees have growth opportunities and feel included at work.
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