The past year was filled with historic moments:
Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States was re-elected for a second term. For the first time in its 37-year history, chapters were run under the guidance of 4 regional vice presidents. Finally, BDPA entered the ranks of the "debt free” by paying off all outstanding debt.
This year we also had an additional focus: Growing the number of collegiate members on college campuses across this country. Of the thousands of Black freshmen in the U.S. who say they want a computer science degree, only 30% are successful in obtaining one six years later. We are confident that with your continued support, we shall dramatically improve that metric!
We also made progress on our commitment to deepen member engagement. This was accomplished in three ways: face to face, philanthropic donations, and social network interactions. Half of all members were engaged in at least one of those ways.
Other highlights for 2012 include:
- The launch of one of BDPA’s most exciting programs in years, the Career Triage, our monthly live webinar series
- The launch of a redesigned National Website
- Awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to BDPA student members
- The launch of CISSP and Security+ certification classes
- Introduction for Education Grants for unemployed members seeking certification
- Complimentary conference registrations for unemployed members
- The launch of our NEW BDPA job board -- IT Diversity Careers
- HBCU panel during the conference
- Networking cocktail hour during the career fair
- Participated in the White House HBCU Summit in Washington, D.C.
- Developed partnerships with NCWIT, NOBCChE and the Coalition of Minority Technical Organizations
- Increased visibility for the organization through media
As we prepare to move into 2013, we sincerely thank you for helping us inspire our present membership, as well as our future generations of young, talented, Black technology professionals.
Monique Berry, president