John Silvanus Wilson Jr. President Morehouse

Morehouse: Working to SMASH the status quo in tech

Morehouse College continues to break (or should we say SMASH) new ground. The school is the first university outside of California—and the first historically black college/university—to host a Summer Math and Science Honors Pathways program in partnership with the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI).

Changing the status quo in tech

“We cannot expect children from underrepresented communities to flourish in the tech space if they are not provided the same resources and opportunities to participate as their more privileged counterparts,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President of Morehouse College. “At Morehouse, we are proudly taking the necessary steps to ensure we change the status quo in tech by partnering with LPFI and offering this opportunity on our campus to the rising youth in the greater Atlanta community.”

What is a SMASH pathway?

The College will host a five-week STEM-intensive course aimed at closing achievement gaps in Grade 8 minority boys. Free of cost, the pilot program takes place on-campus at Morehouse College. Students will be exposed to intensive science, technology, engineering and math instruction, projects, field trips, mentors and support networks. Following completion of the SMASH Pathways program, young scholars will be encouraged to apply to LPFI’s signature program, SMASH Academy, to take on more rigorous instruction.

How to apply

Students interested in the 2016 inaugural SMASH Pathways at Morehouse College program must submit an application by April 21 at http://www.lpfi.org/smash-pathways/application/ to be considered.

Why Morehouse chose to SMASH

The SMASH program extends Morehouse’s commitment to providing an educational pathway for young scholars to develop leadership skills and make a contribution in technology. Morehouse, a CampusLogic client, joins University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University, the University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of California, Davis in offering SMASH pathways.

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