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Diversity programmes in the united states

Diversity Programme Partners

AfricaArray benefits from partnerships with corporate, government and academic organizations and is actively seeking new partners to advance, promote and enhance its diversity program. Support from these organizations is critical to recruiting African American, Hispanic and Native American students to careers in the geosciences and to sustaining that pipeline of talented students.

Corporate Partners

As a growing initiative, AfricaArray depends upon corporate relationships to support and expand the educational experiences that attract minority students into the geosciences. Corporate partners have a number of opportunities by which they can support AfricaArray’s diversity programs. These include:

Corporate organizations also benefit from partnering with AfricaArray through networking events with AfricaArray students and alumni and access to student and faculty research.

Corporate partners in the U.S. that have contributed to AfricaArray’s diversity programmes in the U.S. include:

Corporate partners in Africa that have provided in-kind contributions to AfricaArray’s diversity programmes include:

Government Partners

Support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been instrumental in sustaining and advancing AfricaArray’s diversity programme. NSF is committed to building a diverse workforce in undergraduate and graduate education for the global economy.

The following NSF offices and directorates have provided support for AfricaArray’s diversity programme:

Academic Partners

AfricaArray’s diversity programme is supported by academic partners including the Pennsylvania State University, California State University, Northridge (CalNorthridge), Fort Valley State University (FVSU), North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T), and the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP).

Three of the academic partners already work together on programs to promote diversity in the geosciences. Fort Valley and Penn State have a successful 3-2 programme whereby Fort Valley students spend three years at that Georgia institution and then transfer to Penn State for two more years. At the end of the fifth year, those students receive a B.S. in math or chemistry from Fort Valley and a B.S. in geosciences from Penn State.

Penn State and NCA&T also have been working together to build institutional capacity at NCA&T in geosciences and to identify talented undergraduate students for graduate study. Since 2006, seven NCA&T undergraduate students have participated in the AfricaArray summer field programme.

California State University, Northridge (CalNorthridge)

Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Georgia)

Pennsylvania State University

University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)