Monday, December 11, 2017

BDPA Congratuales CSRA Sponsorship

BDPA congratulates CSRA (an IT Services Company) and Black Employee Resource Group for their strong commitment and leadership in helping students.

Black Employee Resource Group Co-Chair LaChandra Spencer said, "It has been an immense pleasure supporting BDPA student members. CSRA is focused on helping our U.S. government customers achieve their critical mission outcomes by leading them on the next stage of their digital journey. CSRA believes in building shared vision and next-generation partnerships with companies that enhance our information technology services and solutions.

“Toward this end, our recent success stories are uniquely aligned to our tech industry, complex public-sector challenges, and defense industrial base requirements. As we celebrate our Chapter's 40th anniversary in 2018, National BDPA's Washington, D.C. chapter looks forward to CSRA's continued relationships with our student members and BDPA's youth technology alumni attending local universities. Our students continue to support technical program alignments and emerging workforce pipelines," added Perry Carter.

BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. BDPA has over 40 chapters nationwide with more than 2,500 STEM professional and student members. BDPA offers over $100,000 in scholarships annually to hundreds of high school and college students who wish to pursue STEM careers.

For more information on BDPA, contact BDPA’s corporate sponsorship office at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or Please visit

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Grant Proposal: Express Scripts Foundation (BDPA St. Louis)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA St. Louis chapter to submit a grant proposal to the Express Scripts Foundation seeking $10,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer by March 2018.

Diversity is an important enabler of the inclusive company culture at Express Scripts, and they gain strength from the amazing tapestry of employee perspectives and experiences. Diversity goes beyond surface human characteristics – fundamentally, we’re all diverse in our backgrounds, beliefs and interests, and in how we think, work and live. Because Express Scripts embrace diversity and inclusion, their employees can be honest and open about who they are, and can bring their “whole self” to work.

Express Scripts is proud to have been named a leader among Fortune 25 companies with a workforce that is 69% female and 39% minority. Over 45% of it's leaders (director level or higher) are female and our commitment to diversity has been publicly recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (100% on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index) and by DiversityInc (listed as top 25 noteworthy company for 2016).

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.