Spelman College, the historically Black liberal arts educational institution for women in Atlanta, has entered into a partnership with OceanX, a nonprofit organization involved in global ocean exploration, to offer the college’s students an in-depth experience with ocean exploration and marine science and operations.
Through its signature Young Explorers program, OceanX selects students to embark on an educational journey aboard OceanXplorer, its one-of-a-kind scientific research, media production, and exploration vessel, during which they learn about the convergence of captivating media and ocean exploration, research, and operations.
“Our collaboration with OceanX’s Young Explorers has opened up once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for Spelman College students to combine scientific exploration of our oceans with cutting-edge media techniques to bring discoveries back to humanity for greater understanding,” said Jerry Volcy, co-director of the Spelman Innovation Lab. “This formal partnership will ensure our students benefit from the experience – both on the ship and in our classrooms – for years to come.”
Faculty members will also have opportunities to participate in the OceanX-Spelman partnership, with curriculum development being a key component of the planned work. Live classroom opportunities will be incorporated into biology courses, and professors will be invited to join the OceanXplorer, working with other professionals to help guide their curriculum. Similarly, professors and students alike will have opportunities to participate in ocean research projects.
The OceanX-Spelman partnership will extend beyond academia, creating employment opportunities at OceanX for Spelman students.