An Immediate Global Need

There is a growing workforce need for data science skills. Increasingly relevant to most employment fields and academic disciplines, data science transforms information into highly relevant data using analytical methods such as algorithms, statistics, data mining, and predictive analysis and communicates the data through narrative and visualization. The AUC Data Science Initiative prepares faculty and students to be innovators of solutions that advance data science and lead to practices that diversify the workforce, particularly in areas that impact Black America.   Learn more…


Newsletter – June 2024
Newsletter – June 2024

Released on June 6th, the AUC Data Science Initiative announces more data science opportunities to explore. View them all:  

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Microsoft Mini-Grant
Microsoft Mini-Grant

The AUC Data Science Initiative invites faculty and staff at HBCUs to apply for a mini-grant to advance data science research and data science education research.  

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Newsletter – May 2024
Newsletter – May 2024

Released on May 7th, the AUC Data Science Initiative announces more data science opportunities to explore. View them all:  

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Faculty Recruitment and Training

The Data Science Initiative provides training, resources, and tools to AUC faculty who are designing curriculum, conducting research, and thought leadership. 

Research and Learning

Atlanta University Center faculty are noted scholars in all fields of academia, each of whom is consistently pursuing excellence and adding value to the body of data science knowledge.

Data Science Events

The Data Science Initiative hosts training and collaboration events and supports attendance at conferences and training workshops for faculty and students.




The Initiative serves as a hub to catalyze data science education and research across all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), stewarded by the AUC-member institutions, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College, and the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. Leveraging the AUC’s rich history in social justice, the Initiative works to develop promising practices that diversify the data science workforce and advance data science on topics that impact Black America.

The AUC Data Science Initiative is supported by the UnitedHealth Group and Mastercard.


United HealthGroup Partners to Launch Data Science Initiative

The five-year, $8.25 million investment by UnitedHealth Group is part of an ambitious collaboration with AUCC and its member institutions to launch of the AUCC Data Science Initiative, which will offer technical classes for students who want to specialize in data science or learn data analysis to give them a competitive edge when they look for jobs in their field of study. 

“The Data Science Initiative has the potential to make the Atlanta University Center Consortium a national resource for experts in data analytics. This program will not only produce talented data scientists who will be leaders in their fields, but increasing the number of degree offerings with data science competencies at HBCUs will assist in diversifying a career field that is currently made up of less than 7% of under-represented minorities.”

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine

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