Professors from Stillman College have racked double honors to highlight some of the world’s most important issues of our time. For 20 years, the Anthem Awards have celebrated purpose and mission-driven work from people, companies, and organizations worldwide. The honors are notable as Stillman College is building a liberating digital future for HBCUs and Black Communities through responsible computing practices and opportunities.
The full vision of Stillman College as a leader of responsible computing and public interest technology is that the 744 first-generation Black college students at Stillman College and 107 HBCUs (e.g. 500,000 Black Students) will have access to alternative tech pathways into responsible tech careers.
Dr. Fallon Wilson (left) helmed the project, Dreaming of a Black Tech Future: A Digital Equity Assessment of Black Tech Ecosystems. The work garnered a silver medal in the Responsible Technology – Research Projects or Publications. Wilson is the Founder of #BlackTechFutures Research Institute and a Senior Fellow for Digital and Race Studies in the Humanity Ethics Responsible Technology (HEART) Center at Stillman College. Winning team members include Melissa Brown, Research Director, Jurnell Cockhren Data Scientist, Bonniejean Alford, Senior Research Writer, and Eloise Alexis HBCU Strategist, of #BlackTechFutures Research Institute and Dean Isaac McCoy.
McCoy (at right) was also awarded a second silver medal honor as Responsible Technology – Nonprofit Leader of the Year. The winning entry was titled A Responsible Tech Leader for Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Dr. Kevin Hariris, Program Chair Computational and Information Sciences Department, was also credited as a team member on the project.
The Anthem Awards was launched in response to the prevalence of social good within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist in recent years. The 3rd Annual competition received over 2,000 entries from more than 30 countries worldwide.