By Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content material Officer at Coursera
At Coursera, we imagine that studying is the supply of human progress — that it has the facility to rework our world. In 2020, we strengthened our dedication to handle systemic racism via studying. We targeted on creating social justice and anti-racism content material and elevating Black voices in our teacher group. Right this moment, throughout Black Historical past Month, I’m proud to announce our partnership with Howard College — a traditionally Black faculty and college (HBCU) with a distinguished legacy of teaching Black communities.
Howard is the one HBCU listed among the many high 100 universities within the U.S. Since 1867, Howard has been an engineer of change in U.S. society and teaches college students to advance social justice and protect human liberty. Notable alumni embrace Vice President Kamala Harris, Toni Morrison, and Thurgood Marshall.
Howard will construct a job-relevant course catalog on Coursera beginning with Info Methods for Enterprise and Linear Algebra for Knowledge Science Specializations, which can launch later this yr.
College president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick has additionally joined Coursera’s College Advisory Board, which approves all new college companions and supplies strategic counsel.
“I’m actually enthusiastic about this partnership with Coursera, one of many preeminent purveyors of instructional content material within the Twenty first-century studying panorama,” stated Dr. Frederick. “Traditionally, there was a disconnect between firms and top-level expertise from underrepresented communities who don’t have the identical entry and assets as different job seekers. These sorts of partnerships will help improve alternatives for folks of coloration by aligning their schooling with the wants of companies. This initiative is sweet for job seekers, good for enterprise, and good for the nation. As well as, it should assist us unfold the imaginative and prescient and mission of Howard College past our campus. Publicity to our world-class college will empower folks to combat systemic racism, fight inequality, and pursue a life devoted to servant management.”
Coursera can be excited to announce a number of new social justice programs from different college companions, together with content material that has been funded by Coursera. The programs embrace:
Within the coming months, 40+ extra programs on subjects comparable to overcoming bias, systemic racism, efficient allyship, and variety within the office are anticipated to launch on Coursera. Moreover, learners can enroll in 20+ programs taught by Black instructors featured in our Black Historical past Month assortment.
To broaden entry, we’re working with Fb Elevate and nonprofit companions to assist Black learners enter the social media advertising area. Collectively, we’re providing as much as 10,000 scholarships for the Fb Social Media Advertising and marketing Skilled Certificates on Coursera. The certificates has no stipulations and helps learners go from newbie to job-ready in about 5 months. The initiative will present high-touch profession companies to learners within the Fb Skilled Certificates program. We’re additionally partnering with Black Ladies CODE, a nonprofit targeted on bringing tech schooling to Black women, to offer as much as 2,000 women with free entry to the Coursera catalog.
We’re honored to work with our companions to extend entry for Black learners, together with connecting folks all over the world with main specialists at Howard College. Collectively, we will empower thousands and thousands of learners with content material that may really rework their minds, their lives, and the world.