Partnership Between Opportunity Ecosystem and Peach State LSAMP Sponsored Seven Students for HBCU@SXSW 2017, Aims to Sponsor More for 2018
Last year, the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
partnered with Opportunity Ecosystem to sponsor seven students for the second
installment of HBCU@SXSW 2017. Through HBCU@SXSW, more than 100 students
attended the interactive, media, and music festival to learn more about opportunities in
technology and network with some of the biggest names in tech and business today.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for [the students] to be exposed to tech companies,
businesses, and entrepreneurship,” says Dr. Angela Birkes-Grier, Director of the Peach
State LSAMP. Many were amazingly overwhelmed by the wonderful opportunities that
they were offered by being at the SXSW conference. They were very excited, and they
said that they hope that they can do this conference again next year. It was an amazing
experience and opportunity for them to learn more about technology and integrate it into
the media arena.”.
The partnership between Opportunity Ecosystem and Peach State LSAMP included
working with STEM-focused students (science, technology, engineering and math) in six
institutions within the coalition: University of Georgia, Ft. Valley State University,
Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University-Perimeter College, Kennesaw
State University-Kennesaw Campus, Kennesaw State University—Marietta Campus
(formally Southern Polytechnic State University) and Savannah State University.
With 45 programs nationwide, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation aims
to diversity the STEM workforce by increasing the number of underrepresented students
who attend and graduate from high caliber training programs. Groups considered
historically underrepresented include African American, Hispanic American, American
Indians, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native.
LSAMP provides funding to schools to develop strategies for retaining high-performing
students to keep them on the paths to graduate school and doctoral programs so that
they ultimately pursue careers in STEM.
Strategies that colleges and universities develop with funds are geared toward
recruitment and retention. Schools assist students in numerous ways. They encourage
students and provide ample research opportunities, assist with financial support, and
provide mentoring, summer bridge programs, and academic enrichment.
The Opportunity Ecosystem and Peach State LSAMP partnership give students a new
reference point for what can be achieved in their lives.
Startups, wealth generation, investing, technology, and endless skies are some of the
life-changing ideas and perspectives that the seven Peach State LSAMP students were
exposed to at HBCU@SXSW 2017.
And HBCU@SXSW 2018 is even more ambitious in working with more LSAMP
students to nurture even more young minds and change lives.
HBCU@SXSW 2018 will be accepting applications in June. Apply!