The New Leader of the Data Science Initiative of the Atlanta University Center Consortium

Talitha M. Washington was appointed director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium’s Data Science Initiative. A collaboration between the AUCC member institutions, the AUCC Data Science Initiative is working to increase the number of highly-skilled underrepresented minorities with skills in data science and to advance data science research, especially as it impacts minority communities. Members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium are Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, and the Morehouse Schoool of Medicine.

“The Atlanta University Center has always been a special place to me, encompassing some of the most respected institutions in our nation including two liberal arts colleges, a research university, and an academic medical center,” Dr. Washington said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, students, staff, and alumni, along with our industry and governmental partners, so that collectively, we can provide data-driven solutions to our current and emerging societal problems.”

Dr. Washington’s experience includes inventive leadership in math education, research methodologies, and partnership development, serving most recently as a program director at the National Science Foundation and a tenured associate professor of mathematics at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Washington is a graduate of Spelman College where she majored in mathematics. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in mathematics from the University of Connecticut.

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