Stillman College Cybersecurity Center has received a $500,000 grant and additional support from Google’s Cybersecurity Clinics Fund, part of a $20 million collaboration with the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics.
In addition to the funding, Stillman will receive mentorship from Google employees and scholarships for the Google Career Certificate in Cybersecurity.
“A diverse cybersecurity workforce is simply better equipped to handle the challenges of the industry. When we have people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences, we get a wider range of ideas and solutions,” said Melonie Parker, Google’s chief diversity officer. “As an alumna of Hampton University, it gives me great pride to continue Google’s long-standing partnership with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and support Stillman’s pioneering cybersecurity clinic program.”
Stillman will use the grant in part to help surrounding community organizations defend against cyber-attacks.
“We are appreciative to Google for its support and for recognizing Stillman’s Cybersecurity Center as one that can truly make a difference in fighting these threats right here at home,” said Stillman’s executive director of Cybersecurity DEI Clinic Dr. Kevin Harris. “We look forward to the impact this grant will have on our students and in our communities, specifically for those public infrastructure organizations with limited resources, including non-profits, hospitals, local government agencies and small businesses.”