Our primary objective is to increase the representation of marginalized communities in the realms of engineering and AI. Through this initiative, university students from underrepresented backgrounds will be allowed to delve deeper into the world of AI, guided by our esteemed faculty and dedicated doctoral/postdoctoral researchers. These students will not only gain technical knowledge but also develop essential leadership skills, thereby enhancing their engineering identities and professional growth.

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The K-12 STEM Center develops strategies and builds initiatives to meet the needs of a diverse population, specifically in efforts to increase the representation of female students and African American/Black, Hispanic/LatinX/Latine, Native/Indigenous students in its STEM programs, such as AI Community Project. Some of those efforts include outreach, mentorship, and scholarships. However, all STEM Center programs are open to all students in compliance with Federal and State law, as well as University policy.

Program's Aim


Building a Mentorship Pathway

The project aims to establish a crucial pathway of representation. University students who engage with our initiative will be equipped to serve as mentors for K-12 students in their local communities. By fostering this connection, we are empowering the next generation and ensuring that young minds from all backgrounds are exposed to the possibilities and benefits of engineering and AI.


Harnessing Diversity of Ethical AI

It is essential to recognize that the lack of diversity in engineering and AI development has far-reaching consequences. AI technologies hold immense potential to address pressing societal issues, but this potential remains untapped when perspectives from marginalized groups are absent from the development process. Furthermore, without diverse voices contributing to the design and creation of AI, biases can inadvertently be embedded within these systems, perpetuating inequalities.

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Chosen participants in the Google AI Community Intern Program aim to increase representation of marginalized groups in AI and engineering. They will gain technical skills and serve as mentors for K-12 students. This initiative addresses diversity gaps in AI development and emphasizes the importance of diversity in AI's full potential.

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Published on February 15th, 2024

Last updated on February 15th, 2024