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Equity in Innovation Symposium with the support of Google

Friday, Oct. 13, 2023

  • Spelman College

Thank you for joining us at the Equity and Innovation Symposium with Spelman College and Google

Spelman College Equity and Innovation Symposium

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On Oct. 13, 2023, students, alumnae and Atlanta technology professionals gathered in the Camille Olivia Hanks, Ed.D. Academic Center to learn about the future of innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and to celebrate Black women as disruptors in tech. Spelman College hosted the Equity in Innovation Symposium in collaboration with Google to celebrate’s $5 million dollar grant to the College in 2022.

Highlights of the event included “AI Lightning Talks”, examining how artificial intelligence intersects with education, cybersecurity, advocacy and the arts. Additionally, participants enjoyed a fireside chat featuring Spelman President Helene Gayle and Google's Chief Diversity Officer Melonie Parker discussing opportunities for Black women in technology.  


Event Schedule 

Location: Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium 

12:15 p.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Pamela Scott-JohnsonPamela Scott Johnson, Ph.D., C’82
Spelman College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Nicole BrennerNicole Brenner
Education Giving Manager, 

12: 25 p.m. | Center for Excellence Minority Women
in STEM Dashboard Presentation

Leyte Winfield Leyte Winfield, Ph.D.
Division Chair for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Spelman College 

Spelman College Faculty Tinaz PavriTinaz Pavri, Ph.D.

Spelman College Division Chair of Humanities and Social Science, Spelman College 

12:45 - 1:50 p.m. | AI Lightening Talks Speakers 

Topic: AI & Google 

Francine MarquisSpeaker Francine Marqui
Google Cloud AI and Industry Solutions Program Manager, Google 

Topic: AI & Education  

Khalilah AliSpeaker: Khalilah Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education, Spelman College 

Topic: AI & the Arts  

T LangT. Lang
Assistant Professor of Dance, Spelman College 

Topic: AI & Infrastructure  

Willa BlasingameSpeaker: Willa Blasingame
Americas Director Flow, Global Servers Operations, Google 

Topic: AI & Advocacy 

Jaye NiasSpeaker: Jaye Nias, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Spelman College 

2:15 p.m. | Fireside Chat

Dr. Helene Gayle - Spelman College PresidentHelene D. Gayle, M.D. MPH
President of Spelman College 

Melonie Parker - GoogleMelonie Parker

Chief Diversity Officer, Google 



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