The HBCU Data Science Consortium presents its annual Data Science Celebration on April 19 – April 20, 2024 in the Virginia area. Join us as we cultivate our professional learning community and network around data science education and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We invite both HBCU faculty and student participation to disseminate their research and student engagement projects around data science topics. In addition to faculty and student professional development in data science, the event will also promote funding, partnership and collaboration opportunities. Our new HBCU-Data Science Student Ambassadors are invited to disseminate chapter outcomes and gain ideas as well as strategies for future planning.

2024 Speakers

Dr. Scott Zoldi

FICO Chief Analytics Officer

Dr. Lethia S. Jackson

Professor and Chair, Department of Technology and Security, Bowie State University

Dr. Gloria Washington

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Howard University

Velma Latson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Technology & Security, Bowie State University

Ed Pearson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Technology, & Physical Sciences, Alabama A&M University

Felesia Stukes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Johnson C. Smith University

Alfred Watkins, Ph.D.

Academic Program Director & Senior Assistant Professor, Morehouse College

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Register today to secure your spot at this exciting event and join us in celebrating and exploring the field of data science.

09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

South Big Data Hub Partnership Forum - RENCI
Note that this is a separate event with separate registration

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Plenary Speaker - Lunch

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

HBCU-DSC Welcome
Executive Board Roundtable

02:30 PM - 02:45 PM


02:45 PM - 04:30 PM 

Breakout for working group sessions.

04:30 PM - 04:45 PM

Wrap-up and next-day activities

05:00 PM - 6:00 PM

VIP Cocktail hour
Roof Top Terrace location (invitation-only)

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

General attendee dinner buffet service 

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Welcome Address

09:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Student Posters

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Guest Speaker - Education

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Guest Speaker (DEI)


12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Lunch - Networking/Survey
Announce Posters Winners


01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

Consortium Interest Meeting / Remarks from Sponsor Representative


Disclaimer: The agenda for the event displayed is subject to change. We strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, but unforeseen circumstances may necessitate adjustments to the schedule. We encourage all attendees to check for updates regularly and apologize for any inconvenience caused by last-minute changes.

Announcement Call for Presentation / Posters

The HBCU Data Science Consortium is interested in posters of data science that validate important research issues or showcase realistic applications that impact the HBCU community and community partners.