HBCU Partnerships At The Forefront Of Effort To Win Over Gamers – HBCU Buzz

HBCU Partnerships At The Forefront Of Effort To Win Over Gamers – HBCU Buzz

While HBCUs lead in producing top black talent, they are also emerging leaders in the gaming industry. Read the full Forbes article by Marty Swant below to find out how HBCUs are leading in inclusion and diversity in a field that has tried to leave students behind for years.

Colleges and universities rushing to invest in the booming arena of varsity esports are overwhelmingly committing opportunities and scholarships to male players, according to data collected by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

A)s Verizon looks to promote its 5G capabilities and expand its presence in esports, it’s investing in diverse gamers and experimenting with new technology like virtual reality and NFTs.

While announcing a series of new partnerships today at the video gaming trade event E3, Verizon said it is committing $1 million to five historically Black colleges and universities and also creating tech centers on campuses. Each school will receive $100,000 in scholarship funds to female students pursuing tech degrees at Delaware State University, Dillard University, Howard University, Morgan State University and Texas Southern University. (The scholarship program is an expansion of Verizon’s $5 million Future Fund, which launched in 2020 to support “new and emerging female talent across entertainment and technology.) Meanwhile, another $100,000 for each school will help create tech centers accessible to all students.

The investment is part of Verizon’s strategy focused on developers, gamers and fans. With
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