Norfolk State University (NSU) IBM Partnership

August 10, 2023 — Jt Spratley

In September 2022, Norfolk State University (NSU) released a news post announcing the IBM NSU cybersecurity partnership. This is part of Biden-Harris' White House initiative to allot more resources and professional development opportunities to students within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), specifically related to information technology (IT). Four months later, I was entrusted with the role as IBM NSU student ambassador. I've since completed many free IBM courses and released content in an effort to bring more HBCU students' attention to these resources. Course topics include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, IBM products, and more.

NSU Student Development Checklist

No, this checklist and the links included aren't only for NSU students. However, I do expect this post to get more attention from primarily NSU Spartans.

  1. Email the representative of every student organization that catches your interest
  2. Read my blog post explaining why this IBM HBCU cybersecurity initiative is so important for HBCU history and Black history, or at least watch the 1-minute video summary, then follow the call-to-action (CTA) at the bottom.
  3. Read the much shorter HBCU student address with advice to optimize the upcoming school year.
  4. Celebrate Hip-Hop's 50th anniversary with Black music throughout the decades.
  5. Follow these HBCU-focused Twitter (X?) accounts.
  6. Start supporting Black-owned businesses, starting with those producing apparel for your HBCU.
  7. Ensure that you make the most of your college experience
  8. Suggest everyone pro-Black you know to support HBCUs somehow.

NSU Spartans, I'm easy to find if you have additional questions.

Tags: college, hbcus, IT, cybersecurity

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