Dr. Kinnis Gosha, Division Chair for Experiential Learning and Interdisciplinary Studies was recently featured in the San Francisco Business Times article titled, “Moving Diversity Beyond a Hashtag”. The article focuses on how tech companies specifically Silicon Valley can increase their diversity in the workplace. Dr. Gosha expresses his thoughts on this issue stating that companies should do more than just focus on recruitment. He expresses that they should focus on collaborating with colleges to design curriculums that can help students become more qualified for computer science positions.
As a way to expand the number of Blacks in computing, Morehouse College took a virtual approach. In 2020, Morehouse College partnered with Momentum Learning and Opportunity Hub to develop the Momentum@Morehouse Coding Bootcamp. The 12 week program was targeted to adult learners regardless of gender. Over 300 individuals applied to the program and ultimately 27 enrolled in the cohort. Many of the coding students reside outside of the state of Georgia and most already had an undergraduate degree before starting the program. Those who completed the boot camp were awarded a certification in Full Stack Web Development.
Dell Technologies has recently started focusing on new and innovative ways to reduce unconscious bias in the workplace. In doing so they reached out to Dr. Kinnis Gosha, Director of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, to leverage new technology options generated in his research lab. Dr. Gosha was recently featured in a video that was showcased at the 2019 Dell Technologies World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Link to video coming soon.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha is one of the 31 HBCU Computer Science faculty members selected for the inaugural HBCU Faculty in Residence program. Over 20 HBCUs are represented in this six-week program at Google’s world headquarters in Mountain View, California. Faculty will work to redevelop curriculum to better align with the latest trends in software engineering.
It is no secret the demand for people with information technology and computing skills is growing nationwide, and it is never too young to learn the necessary skills to help land you a career in that field.
Morehouse College and Atlanta Public Schools are doing their part to expose high school student to computing careers through a 4-week coding workshop.
The Xanadu-Computer Application Development Summer Program will be offered to rising 10th-12th grade students from June 5 through June 29.
“This program will provide a unique opportunity for students in the Atlanta metropolitan area to learn computer science even if these courses are not offered at their respective high schools,” said X-Capp co-founder and Morehouse College computer science professor Dr. Kinnis Gosha. “Having computer science training in high school increases the likelihood of retaining students who major in computer science at a significantly higher probability.” ?
During the camp, students will also be able to familiarize themselves with various computing careers through the ComputingCareersNow.org portal which was developed by Gosha in the Morehouse College Culturally Relevant Computing Lab.
“The ideal students for the X-Capp program are high achieving students who have shown and communicated a strong interest in computer science,” explains Atlanta Public Schools’ Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, Dr. Quail T. Arnold. “This enrichment opportunity will help students explore a field of interest and further prepare them for college and/or career,”
For more information about X-Capp, please visit http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/911 or contact the Xanadu Middle/High Program at 404-802-7585.
See the original CBS46 News Story here.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha was interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting on his work funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives Annual Reporting Tool, built by Gosha and his research lab, handles the annual data reporting and visualization for over 200 youth detention center across the nation. Hear the interview here.
A group of 50 students from Stephenson High School participated in the Sphero Coding Workshop today at Morehouse College. Students learned how to write code in in the morning session, ate lunch in Morehouse’s Dining Hall and competed against each other in coding challenges in the afternoon. The Sphero Coding Workshop is lead by Dr. Kinnis Gosha and his Culturally Relevant Computing Lab. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is represented by students from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Sponsorship for the workshop was provided by Boeing and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha has been quoted in the January 2017 issue of the Communications of the ACM magazine about challenges for African Americans in Computer Science and in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The article is entitled “Bias in Technology“.
A group of 50 students participated in a workshop at Morehouse College to learn about coding using Sphero Robotics. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, directed by Dr. Kinnis Gosha, hosted the all-day workshop for the students who all attended Maynard Jackson High School. Students learn not only some fundamental programming knowledge, they also learned about the many opportunities in computer science and had a chance to interact with members of the CRC Lab who attend Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The workshop was funded by the Boeing Company and the National Science Foundation (Award #1042468).
On April 22nd, 2016, Dr. Kinnis Gosha delivered keynote speech for the Albany State University Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Undergraduate Colloquium. Gosha, a 2005 Albany State University alum, was introduced by his former Department Chair and director of the Albany State University Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Dr. Zephyrinus C. Okonkwo. Dr. Gosha delivered a strong message to the students, which will be later aired on the Albany State University television station in the coming months.