It is great to hear that the NSF has awarded a $5M grant to form the nationwide iAAMCS Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences.
the newly combined Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS, pronounced “i am cs”) will serve as a national resource and emphasize mentoring as the primary strategy for increasing the participation of African-Americans in computing, specifically at the Ph.D. level and beyond. The overarching goal of the iAAMCS is to increase the number of African-Americans obtaining computing sciences doctoral degrees leading to an increase in the number of African-American researchers in the academy, government, and industry. Toward this goal, the iAAMCS Alliance will (1) increase the number of African-American Ph.D. graduates who enter the workforce with a research focus; (2) retain and advance African-American Ph.D. students, faculty and researchers in computing; and (3) develop future African-American leaders with computing expertise in the academy, government, and industry.
As a contributor to the ARTSI Alliance, this evolution of broadening participation in computing (and robotics) is a strong step forward. Looking forward to seeing more Gheric Speiginers because computing’s current numbers could be a lot more representative of society.