The award will fund a state-of-the-art rocketry lab and launch a student rocketry team.
It will also enable the historically Black university to help fill the job pipeline in what is predicted to become a nearly $3 trillion commercial space industry that lacks diversity. According to the National Science Foundation, African Americans make up just 5 percent of the science and engineering workforce.
Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson issued this statement: “We are honored that Morgan State University was selected for this competitive grant, and confident that it will further advance our efforts to increase diversity in the STEM talent pipeline, while also turning out workforce-ready talent in high-demand industries like aerospace.
Several years have passed since the tech industry came under fire for its lack of diversity. Little has changed despite its efforts.
Facebook Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams admitted in 2017 that the pace of change for her company had been slow. Women represented 35 percent of Facebook’s workforce—a 2 percent increase from the previous year. And the company added just 1 percent of Hispanic and African-American employees year-over-year.
As poor as that sounds, the tech industry overall had a decline in the number of Black and Hispanic employees. Apple’s diversity report stated that the company worldwide was 68 percent male. Here in the United States, the tech giant was 56 percent White, 19 percent Asian, 12 percent Hispanic and 9 percent Black.
“We want to ensure that the next generation of space innovators is just as diverse as America,” said African-American former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin who was on hand to present the check. “I am excited to see this generation of students getting critical hands-on experience in rocket technology, and I encourage Morgan State’s students to seize this incredible opportunity to reach for the stars.”
The grant will fund the build-out of a liquid-fuel rocketry lab at Morgan State, as well as the recruitment and hiring of an aerospace faculty leader to create a world-class liquid fuel rocketry program. Morgan State aims to bring together these elements to successfully build and launch a liquid fuel rocket that reaches 150,000 feet by 2022.
“At Morgan we encourage our students to be bold and to aim for the stars, and with the launch of this program, we can provide them with the resources to take on that challenge literally,” Wilson added.
What Is A Black College? Missouri Tweet Reignites PWI vs. HBCU Debate
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PWI students Boah I tell you pic.twitter.com/uRuEqV4xtW— IM DEADASS A MOGUL (@THA_MANAGA) December 8, 2018
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Lol but y’all at a white school! Sorry but Beychella was a tribute to HBCU Culture not PWIs ! 🤫— HBCU HIVE (@hbcuhive) December 8, 2018
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Lol ok sis but point was it was a TRIBUTE TO HBCU CULTURE! You don’t understand or know HBCU Culture !— HBCU HIVE (@hbcuhive) December 8, 2018
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But correct me if I’m wrong. HBCU Culture is based off of Black Culture... corrrct? So therefore, i do NOT have to go to a HBCU to understand black culture. PERIOD.. https://t.co/YWhLZDnot7— 아시아 🤎 (@asiaandrewss) December 8, 2018
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Mizzou is NOT, will NOT be, and NEVER has been an HBCU no matter how many black students go there!— mykeldeonte. (@__kellykel_) December 8, 2018
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This is a joke. Do you even know what it means to be an HBCU? Your ancestors fought for schools like Lincoln. Your organization was founded on an HBCU so why disrespect your founders by calling a white institution an HBCU joking or not? https://t.co/hAg4O8GwLO— mykeldeonte. (@__kellykel_) December 8, 2018
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So y’all think Mizzou a HBCU now 🧐— ya aunties favorite 💕 (@KobeKalil2Trill) December 8, 2018
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I’m tired of y’all talking about all this hbcu vs pwi shit, stfu. What y’all fail to realize is that a lot of black people at pwi’s wanted to go to hbcu’s. Embrace both experience, it doesn’t define your blackness, both can actually enhance it.— twin nem’ (@drizzybethename) December 8, 2018
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I just woke up to all Mizzou slander lol what y’all start?— Hateful (@ChristianDiwhor) December 8, 2018
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an argument i will never be a part of is the blacks attending pwi vs hbcu.— nwanyi oma (@dessDawg3000) December 8, 2018
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How Mizzou claiming to be an HBCU wasn’t half of y’all just tryna transfer over being mistreated 💁🏽♀️— Bourt😈 (@Undefinable1_) December 8, 2018
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MIZZOU IS NOT AN HBCU! Sit y’all ass down somewhere.— . (@itsjeauxn) December 8, 2018
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It’s like mizzou on the left and HBCU people that’s commenting on the right. pic.twitter.com/zoMaGJgSgA— Monet’ (@NaeeElicee) December 8, 2018
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These Mizzou students just don't know. An HBCU isn't something to "joke" about. You chose that PWI so stick with it and never compare it to an HBCU. Blood, sweat, tears, & people's last dollars were put into our institutions to allow Black people to earn an education.— Kat The Pony (@lil_dude23) December 8, 2018
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when Black Mizzou link it’s bananas😭 whole hbcu out here lol https://t.co/WdBO4Xagdm— Dmac (@officialDmac_) December 8, 2018
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I never understood why they come for us so hard when they cafeteria feeding them dog food and they inhaling mold in they dorms for 4 years. You would think they would have bigger issues then you calling Mizzou an HBCU 🤷🏾♀️— Monet’ (@NaeeElicee) December 8, 2018
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