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Intel Participates in Georgia Tech Diversity Activities Over MLK Weekend

Participation Part of Intel's Ongoing Partnership with Georgia Tech to Improve Diversity in STEM Fields

Jan 20, 2016

Demonstrating their ongoing commitment to diversity in STEM, Intel was on campus over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to participate in a Georgia Tech Center for Engineering Education and Diversity Peer-2-Peer (P2P) workshop and the Focus Program. Rosalind Hudnell, Intel's Chief Diversity Officer and President of Intel Foundation, delivered the keynote address at the FOCUS President's Dinner on January 15, and presented electrical and computer engineering doctoral students Michelle Collins and Sean Rodrigues with two $10,000 fellowships.

P2P is a retention program that is open to all students, but is focused on students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Native Americans/Pacific Islanders. P2P is open to all full time students within the Colleges of Computing, Engineering, and Science.

The hallmark of P2P is a tiered mentoring program that includes bi-monthly meetings covering professional development topics, access to corporate sponsors, graduate school preparation, faculty research talks, campus resources and academic enrichment. Students are assigned to small peer mentoring groups based on major and similar professional and academic goals.

Focus is one of the nation’s premier programs for raising awareness of graduate education. It is designed to attract the best and brightest underrepresented minority students and encourage them to pursue graduate degrees at Georgia Tech.  

In August, 2015 Intel and the Georgia Institute of Technology announced an enhanced partnership to produce a more diverse, qualified workforce for the technology industry. Intel is investing $5 million in Georgia Tech over five years to build a pipeline of underrepresented engineers and computer scientists.