The Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus' 2019 Diversity in Tech (DIT) Summit brought together 47 companies, 35 HBCUs, and Members of Congress for two days of substantive dialogue and powerful networking.  Participants worked together to develop best practices for crafting stronger, more sustainable industry + HBCU partnerships.

Scroll down to see who was spotted at the DIT Summit! 

Senator Burr Welcomes You to Diversity in Tech!

Did you know that North Carolina is home to the most public HBCUs in the nation?

Click the photo to hear what HBCUs mean to the Senior Senator from North Carolina, Sen. Richard Burr


Welcome Presser

Many of our nation's 102 HBCUs have pipeline institutions on their campuses.  These schools play a vital role in ensuring that HBCU students are prepared for their collegiate careers.  

Day One of the Summit celebrated Howard University's award-winning middle school,
Howard University Middle School of Mathematics & Science (MS2). The day kicked off with a press conference with DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, Rep. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., Howard University's President, Dr. Wayne Frederick, and MS2 Principal, Dr. Kathryn Procope.

These leaders were joined by AMD executive, Ron Myers, who presented MS2 with three virtual reality computing devices!

Power of Pipeline Partnerships Event

Following the opening press conference, the pipeline event began with a student welcome assembly, featuring Mayor Bowser and HBCU Caucus Member, Rep. Will Hurd. 
Did you know that Rep. Hurd is a computer scientist?

Students then headed to the hands-on tech learning experiences and HBCU fair.
Thank you to Bank of America, Apple, Intel & Spotify for hosting learning experiences for our middle schoolers!
Thank you to Lane College, Alcorn State University and Xavier University for participating in our first HBCU fair!

Caucus Member Spotlights

Click the photo to hear what HBCUs mean to Senate Caucus Chair, Sen. Tim Scott!
Click the photo to hear from Caucus Member, Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio!

Tour of Howard University

Howard student ambassadors welcomed tech leaders to their campus by providing bus tours of the campus!

Welcome Reception Powered by the US Chamber of Commerce

Reps. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., David Price, Ro Khanna and Senator Doug Jones highlight the Welcome Reception powered by the US Chamber!


The Presidents of Tech Breakfast hosted by the Information Technology Industry Council, the Internet Association and BSA Foundation

The Presidents of ITI, IA & BSA Foundation opened Day Two of the DIT Summit with a discussion about the tech industry's efforts to diversify and support HBCUs.  The panel was moderated by the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) President, Michael Lomax.

Session I: The Future of Technology

Session I was led by Jason Oxman, President & CEO of ITI. The session started with remarks from Rep. Bill Foster, Chair of the House Financial Services Task Force on Artificial Intelligence.  This interactive two-part session provided HBCU leaders with a unique glimpse into where the tech sector is headed while allowing industry leaders to share their collective commitment to ensuring HBCUs are prepared for the next wave of tech innovation.

Session II: Course Curriculum Partnerships

This two-part dialogue consisted of a panel led by Chris Hopfensperger of BSA Foundation featuring Gabriela Cruz Thompson of Intel and Less Lincoln of Microsoft.
The second portion of Session II was led by Veronica Nelson of Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE) and featured Dr. Michelle Linster of Bennett College and Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson of NC A&T.

Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Member's Luncheon Powered by Intel and Duke Energy

Journee Agbowu is an HBCU student (NC A&T) currently interning with Duke Energy's policy team in Washington, DC.  Duke Energy created an HBCU-specific internship after joining the HBCU Caucus' Partnership Challenge!
Norberto Salinas, Senior Counsel at Intel, welcomes guests and outlines Intel's strong investments and support of HBCUs. Intel was the first entity to take the HBCU Caucus' Partnership Challenge, helping pave the way for an additional 35 entities to join the Challenge.
Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Members, Reps. G. K. Butterfield, Ted Budd, Mark Walker (Caucus Vice-Chair), & French Hill (Caucus Vice-Chair) led a bipartisan conversation on HBCU policy moderated by Tiffany Moore of the Consumer Technology Association.

Session III: The Infrastructure Challenge

This session began with a spirited panel dialogue, moderated by Sean Perryman of the Internet Association, featuring Dean J. Murray Gibson (FAMU), Dean Pamela Obiomon (Prairie View A&M), and Dean Camellia Okpodu (Xavier), and Ebony Thomas (Bank of America).  The issue-framing panel was followed up by a dynamic design-think exercise, which allowed HBCU and tech leaders to work together to design new partnerships to improve physical infrastructure on HBCU campuses. 

Recharge Rooms Hosted by Verizon Media

Morning and afternoon snacks + recharge stations provided by Verizon Media's Built by Girls initiative. Built by Girls prepares the next generation of female leaders and creators to step boldly into careers powered by technology.

Session IV: Student Preparedness Partnerships

This session was facilitated by Rick Wade of the U.S. Chamber and featured a dialogue with HBCU Presidents and corporate executives discussing best practices for preparing HBCU students for the rigors of corporate America. Panelists were Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President at West Virginia State University, Dr. Wayne Frederick, President at Howard University, Drew Valentine, VP for People and Culture at IBM Systems Group, Terrance Bowman, Global Diversity Manager for Technology Recruiting at JP Morgan Chase, and Adelmise Roseme Warner, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Pandora + Sirius XM. 

Salute to Diversity Rooftop Reception Powered by Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Covington & Burling

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Washington Times: D.C. diversity summit explores student interest in tech field

Leaders in education, government and business welcomed scores of students Wednesday to the second annual Diversity in Tech Summit at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science.

Sponsored by the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, the summit aims to cultivate students’ interest in STEM fields.

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