Title "Making Black History" with glowing Afrofuturistic circuitry patterns

In keeping with Georgia Tech’s mission of developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition, we recognize the many ways our Black students, faculty, and staff represent, support, and celebrate their rich culture and storied impact at the Institute and beyond. Their stories and voices tell of bold dreams and remind us that change does not happen by chance. It happens through courage, conviction, and diverse and inclusive action. Their initiatives, leadership, and vision are a defining part of our past and a critical part of our future.

 

 

Modern-Day Black History Makers

An Inspired Community

Faculty and staff members share stories of those who inspired and nurtured them along their paths to where they are today.

 Dean Raheem Beyah holding a portrait of Samuel Hill

 

Kitt lab

 

Making Space for Black Tech

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Alumni from the School of ECE have created a co-development space called KITT Labs to nurture and support Black tech talent in Atlanta.

 

The Legacy of Mentorship: Derek Huell Honors Those Who Helped Him Through Helping Others

College of Sciences

Third-year neuroscience student Derek Huell discusses his involvement at Georgia Tech, his career goals, and his thoughts and reflections on Black History Month — all of which have been shaped by his drive to honor the legacy and strength of those who inspired him along the way.

portrait of Derek Huell with the Ramblin Wreck

 

portrait of Daren Hubbard

 

Representation in IT

Office of Information Technology

Members of the campus information technology (IT) community join in our celebration of diversity and inclusion by sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the importance of representation in IT.

 

Partners in STEM Education

Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

A partnership between the School of Aerospace Engineering and Atlanta Public Schools' Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy is encouraging STEM education within our local communities and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

 

Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy students

 

The Three Pioneers statue on Georgia Tech's campus

 

The Journey Continues

Campus Site Tour

The communities in and around Atlanta have played a pivotal part in the advancement of civil rights and racial justice. There are sites right here on Georgia Tech’s campus – and many more nearby – that represent milestones from a continued path toward greater equity and inclusion. Here’s a look at a few of the sites you can visit for some inspiration during Black History Month.

 

Creating the Next Generation

College of Computing

The College of Computing community is finding new ways of expanding access to computing, as well as mentoring teachers, developing entrepreneurship, and encouraging more Black students to pursue careers in computer science-related fields.

A graphic collage of images of black students working on various projects

 

Augustine Esogbue raising his arms in greeting

 

Augustine Esogbue: First in Class

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE)

Professor Emeritus Augustine Esogbue was not only Georgia Tech’s first Black tenured professor, but he was also the world’s first Black Ph.D. in the field of industrial engineering.

Community, Empowerment, and a Safe Space: The Story of Georgia Tech Scheller’s Blacks in Business Club

Scheller College of Business

Beginning with three students in the Scheller College of Business, the Blacks in Business Club offers students and alumni a space to connect, unite, and share experiences.

 

blacks in business group around a fire pit

 

portrait of Emerald White

 

Engineering a Culture of Inclusion and Diversity

College of Engineering

This electrical and computer engineering major helps educate first-generation students about college, works with local K-12 students, and wants to use her degree to eventually address energy crises.

Sharaé Meredith on the Power of Encouragement

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

During challenges in her life, Sharaé Meredith, a senior research engineer at GTRI, experienced the power of encouragement. Now Meredith works to uplift others in her career and through STEM outreach.

 

portrait of Sharaé Meredith

 



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