Staff and students at more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top tech and education leaders this month. The first-ever technology conference for HBCUs kicked off on Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 30, with an expansive program of virtual sessions that includes specific tracks for students, IT staff, and faculty/administration.
HP is presenting the conference, which is centered around the overarching goal of helping HBCUs prepare the future Black workforce for success, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, and Microsoft sponsoring the event. Attendees will hear from a wide range of data scientists, chief technology officers, and college presidents, including Dr. Cynthia Warrick, president of Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s 145-year-old Stillman College. Warrick is a pharmacist and health services researcher with 20 years of higher education experience as faculty and an administrator. She hopes students and faculty from non-tech majors such as English, history, or criminal justice will join in as well. They may think, “Oh, that doesn’t involve me,” she says. “But technology touches all of our lives and certainly all of our disciplines in higher education.”