Native Americans are historically underrepresented in the field of computer science, but a grant to four Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) from the American Indian College Fund looks to reverse that trend with the TCU Computer Science Initiative.
“Computer science is foundational to so many aspects of life today. Everything from information technology, to entertainment, to building a picture of the well-being of our communities is tied to our ability to use computer science to our advantage,” said Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the College Fund.
Bay Mills Community College, The Institute of American Indian Arts, Navajo Technical University, and Salish Kootenai College have been selected to receive funding. The grant will allow for the construction of new programs or the strengthening of existing ones; help to hire new faculty and offer professional development to existing staff; and find new ways to connect with the community and solidify transfer pathways for strengthen partnerships within the industry.
The College Fund started 31 years ago and remains the largest supporter of Native Americans in higher education.