Andrea Taylor, Professor, Volunteering with Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences (DIVAS)

DIVAS mission is to “bridge the digital divide by combining media literacy and cultural awareness along with a vast understanding of technology to encourage young women of color to pursue careers in computer science and new media.” In recent studies it has been determined that the Information Technology field is made up of only 35% women and the number of women of color within that percentage is even less. DIVAS for Social Justice is determined to tear down economic and racial barriers to encourage young women of color to become future leaders in their communities and the Information Technology/New Media fields.

DIVAS  mission is to “bridge the digital divide by combining media literacy and cultural awareness along with a vast understanding of technology to encourage young women of color to pursue careers in computer science and new media.” In recent studies it has been determined that the Information Technology field is made up of only 35% women and the number of women of color within that percentage is even less. DIVAS for Social Justice is determined to tear down economic and racial barriers to encourage young women of color to become future leaders in their communities and the Information Technology/New Media fields.

You can find out more about the DIVAS on their website (http://www.divasforsocialjustice.org/) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/26315210494/).

Andrea’s role is to help raise awareness of the group, to help with funding efforts and to bring the areas of programming and robotics to the program participants. In November, 6 youth participate in a LEGO Robotics after-school program at the DIVAS headquarters in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY.  Ultimately, we are preparing to form a Robotics team to compete next year at the FIRST FLL LEGO tournaments.

 

 

Seidenberg Faculty Receive 3 Year Grant from NSF

In August, professors Li-Chiou Chen, Darren Hayes, Charles Tappert, Andreea Cotoranu and Xiangdong Li (CUNY-City Tech), received an NSF grant. The title of the project is “Establishing the Information Assurance Student Pipeline through Community College Outreach.” The three-year project led by Pace University involves collaboration with four partner colleges: State University of New York (SUNY) – Rockland Community College, SUNY – Westchester Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) – New York City College of Technology, and CUNY – Borough of Manhattan Community College, of which the latter two are minority serving institutions.

In August, professors Li-Chiou Chen, Darren Hayes, Charles Tappert, Andreea Cotoranu and Xiangdong Li (CUNY-City Tech), received an NSF grant. The title of the project is “Establishing the Information Assurance Student Pipeline through Community College Outreach.” The three-year project led by Pace University involves collaboration with four partner colleges: State University of New York (SUNY) – Rockland Community College, SUNY – Westchester Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) – New York City College of Technology, and CUNY – Borough of Manhattan Community College, of which the latter two are minority serving institutions.

The overall goal of the project is to produce more and better prepared information assurance professionals.

For more information about this grant or to become involved in the project please contact Li-Chiou Chen, lchen@pace.edu