The World as We Know It Is Changing.
Yesterday’s solutions will not solve tomorrow’s challenges. These changes require that we train tomorrow’s leaders in a way that leverages technology for creative and dynamic problem solving. History has demonstrated how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can drive transformative change and elevate the way people of color see and experience the world. Propel Center will serve as a catalytic epicenter of learning that provides HBCU students with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources necessary to transform our nation’s talent pipeline and workforce. Our vision is to build generations of black leaders who advance equity and justice through technology, entrepreneurship, education and social impact.
Where We Propel
The AUC* Hub
Spanning 50,000 square feet, Propel Center will include state-of-the-art spaces to accommodate lecture halls, learning labs and common areas to facilitate group learning. The physical Propel Center will serve as a centralized nexus and symbol for HBCU collaboration across the country.
Propel Center will provide students with access to an accelerator program with course offerings focused on entrepreneurship, app development, the business of entertainment, community-driven problem solving and more. Propel Center will deliver in-person and remote coaching from industry professionals ranging from global scholars and startup founders, to policy leaders and renowned entertainers.
Propel Center will be built to accommodate a scholars-in-residence program. Scholars and/or fellows will move to Atlanta throughout the duration of their residency/program. The on-site living accommodations will include fully furnished efficiency suites to aid in their relocation.
*Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUC Consortium) is the largest contiguous consortium of African American higher education institutions in the United States. The center consists of four HBCUs — Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine — allowing for students to cross-register at each institution in order to attain a broader collegiate experience.
The Virtual Campus
More than ever, technology is needed to connect students to learning. Propel provides virtual access to best-in-class learning experiences through a state-of-the-art online digital platform that will be accessible to every HBCU student located anywhere across America, or even the world. With a commitment to increasing learner engagement, Propel will use this technology to engage students in virtual master classes delivered by the nation’s most respected faculty in higher education and the world’s most influential business minds across industries and entrepreneurship. We envision using this technology to engage thought leaders like Spike Lee, Jack Ma, Lisa Jackson and Tom Fanning, and then connect them to students to broaden what they believe is possible. Through Propel's virtual campus, HBCU students can learn from anywhere.
HBCU Ideation Labs
Innovation cannot exist within a vacuum. Across America, Propel will stand up state-of-the-art ideation labs on hosting HBCU campuses to promote student collaboration and idea exchange. On their respective HBCU campus, students will be exposed to world-class curricula and provided access to equipment to empower future founders in technology, entertainment and business. These labs will be outfitted using all Apple technology, providing students with a remote Propel experience, complete with campus guidance and instruction.
Propel Talent will provide HBCU students with access to future-ready learning opportunities, technology and wrap-around support that increase career and workforce readiness and job placement.
Propel Now will serve as on-campus high school career development program that introduces students to Swift programming, machine learning, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and advanced technology principles; while also providing in-person career mentorship and in-person or virtual internships for aspiring HBCU students.
Propel Startup will multiply the development of Black entrepreneurs by exposing HBCU students to the ideation process, connecting them to Propel’s accelerator, giving them a space to incubate their business and providing them access to venture capitalists and mentors to help navigate the various stages of business growth.
Propel Arts will create more innovative artists and entertainment executives of color across film, television, music and sports broadcasting through virtual and on-campus ideation labs, mentorship and hands-on experience with industry artists and corporate entertainment entities.
Propel Agri-Tech will advance the creation of technology in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture with the aim of improving yield, efficiency and profitability. Propel Agri-Tech will develop agricultural technology products, services and applications derived from the cultivation of industrial hemp such as paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, health-conscious food, fuel and advanced material technologies for construction, automotive and aerospace uses.
Propel Justice will develop social justice-minded leaders who are prepared to serve as community organizers and activists, and become transformative political influencers. Special features will include using technology to involve HBCU students in the important work of organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative and connect them to history through partnerships with historic organizations and augmented reality technology.
Propel Impact will produce the nation’s next generation of innovative leaders committed to solving global challenges and community-based issues. HBCU student fellows will engage in a curriculum that develops leadership skills across entrepreneurship, policy and public service as conduits to advancing social change.
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