Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama and the University of California, Berkeley recently announced the Berkeley-Tuskegee Data Science Initiative, a multi-year partnership to develop curriculum and collaborative research opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions.
The initiative is beginning this summer with an eight-week course on the Berkeley campus for 13 Tuskegee students. This fall, a data science course will be offered at Tuskegee co-taught by faculty at both universities and synchronized with a Berkeley course so that Tuskegee students can attend lectures online. Undergraduate student instructors from Berkeley will visit Tuskegee at the start of the semester to meet students and then work with them remotely.
In the summer of 2023, the initiative expects to launch an undergraduate research program. There are also plans underway to facilitate collaborative research between faculty at the two universities.
“We want to take Tuskegee to the next level in terms of technology, in terms of what’s going on in the world today, so that our students will be marketable when they go across that stage at graduation,” said Charlotte Morris, president of Tuskegee University.
“We’re excited to create our partnership with Tuskegee around the theme of community – community in the classroom, how we teach our students community in our research, how we explore challenging issues and fields at the intersection of data science and society and community at the university level between UC Berkeley and Tuskegee University,” said Carol Christ, chancellor of the University of California Berkeley.