BDPA Foundation

Friday, December 22, 2000

ITworld, 12/22/2000 (Clifford Clarke, Steve Edmonson, Les Pearson, Carl Williams, George Williams)

Equity? "I have seen in certain situations, although the [white executives] try to disguise it, African American men and women and other minorities being dealt a little harsher treatment. I know they're held to different standards. I've seen two people with the same sales quotas, and all sorts of excuses were given for the non-minority not making his numbers, but when it came to the minority, they're saying "You should make that number.' Yet he was given the worst territory out there."

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Monday, December 11, 2000

ComputerWorld, 12/11/2000

Dabbling at Diversity. Vincent Estacio, 29, is an up-and-coming systems administrator at Sun Microsystems Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. In August, he graduated from a community-college-based program that trains minorities with IT potential, and now he's working full-time on Sun's systems migration team...

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Monday, December 4, 2000

Digital Divide Network, 12/4/2000 (BDPA Cincinnati)

BDPA Cincinnati Reaches Youth and Beyond. BDPA Cincinnati's mission is to become a member-focused organization that exists to provide professional development programs, services and community outreach to position our members at the forefront of the information technology industry. The BDPA Cincinnati was chartered in December 1989.

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Thursday, November 30, 2000

SlideShare, 11/30/2000 (BDPA Cincinnati)

BDPA Joins ITEC Conference in Cincinnati OH. ITEC conferences are designed to display those cutting edge technologies that can and will help your company improve productivity and bottom line - through longer term vision in ITEC keynote presentations, real-world answers and applications in ITEC conference sessions, and productivity enhancing solutions available today on the ITEC exposition floor. BDPA Cincinnati chapter was a presenter at the ITEC Conference held on 11/30/2000 at the Cincinnati Convention Center. This is the .ppt presentation used during that presentation.

Monday, October 23, 2000

Charlotte Business Journal, 10/23/2000 (First Union)

Investing in Computer Literacy. The pilot round of First Union Corp.'s eCommunitiesFirst initiative to raise computer and Internet literacy ended last week with 80% of the 550 people enrolled completing their classes ... In the pilot, that has meant the city of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, BDPA-Information Technology Thought Leaders, UJAMMA, and University Park Baptist Church. But she says that the response has already been so strong that First Union is considering additional partners in Charlotte.

Read the full Charlotte Business Journal article here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Compuware Press Room, 10/4/2000 (Peter Karmanos, Kenneth Stephen Burnley)

Compuware Team Takes First Place in National Black Data Processing Associates High School Competition. Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) announced today that the Detroit Public Schools' team captured first place in both the computer programming and the web design competitions in the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) High School Computer Competition. The Detroit team, consisting of four local high school students, received the highest score in the history of the competition, compiling 244 points of a possible 272.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2000

SlideShare, 9/5/2000 (Stephen Clayton, Quinton Green, Ian Kerman, Veronica Taylor)

Compuware and BDPA Detroit: Success Story in 2000. This is an overview of the success experienced by Compuware with BDPA Detroit chapter's youth education program in 2000. The highlight of the year was a gold medal victory at the 2000 national BDPA high school computer competition (HSCC) championships.

SlideShare, 9/5/2000 (Eric Powell)

National BDPA Internship Program. Eric Powell served as the national BDPA Internship Program coordinator back in 2000. His mission was to transition the strong internship program created by our Chicago chapter to a national platform. This is presentation that Eric made to national BDPA leadership team on 9/5/2000.

Tuesday, August 1, 2000

SlideShare, 8/1/2000 (Michael Holman Sr.)

Banking Convergence Domestic And Global Systems. These are the slides used for workshop presentation that Michael Holman Sr. made at the 2000 National BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC.

Thursday, June 15, 2000

ComputerWorld, 6/15/2000 (National BDPA)

Career Counsel. I have always maintained that the most important aspect of IT is the people. The technology is just a tool by which management furthers the interests of the business and enhances shareholder value based on knowledge gained from the data that they are able to turn into useful information. If we are to believe what we read about a shortage of individuals with IT skills, it appears that one of the most vexing problems that CIOs and their staff are having is the ability to recruit and retain people. Add to this the push for developing some level of diversity (other than H-1B candidates) throughout the enterprise. What advice would you give to CIOs who are looking to increase the level of diversity within their organizations? And is diversity something that CIOs are concerned about?

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Friday, May 19, 2000

Exodus Online, 5/19/2000 (Renee McClure)

Internet Access for African-Americans will be Forever Free with from Diverse News Network. Diverse News Network, Inc. announced the launch of the company's free Internet access service providing FREE unlimited Internet access both dial-up and XDSLTM service (where available) to people throughout North America beginning on June 1, 2000. DNN, a company co-created by two-time EMMY Award winner Bill McCreary, formerly of WNYW Fox-5 in New York City will be working to close the digital divide by providing content and services that will inform, educate and empower people of African descent...

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Thursday, April 20, 2000

University of Washington News, 4/20/2000 (Ann Robinson)

Making life compute: Volunteers spend weekends helping minority students learn computing skills at the University of Washington. Since January, volunteers with Black Data Processing Associates, a national non-profit organization, have been meeting with local high school and middle school students, providing them with a forum in which to nurture computer skills. The students are designing Web pages, programming in VISUAL BASIC, learning various hardware and software applications and gaining in-depth knowledge about the history of computing. Progress has often been remarkable, says Ann Robinson, founder of the local BDPA chapter.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, 2/16/2000 (Fred Pennington)

Fort Wayne, Ind., Group Hosts Computer Competition. The local Black Data Processing Associates chapter is hoping to host its first regional student competition this year. Officials with the group say some of the students it is training are likely to shine in that spotlight...

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Friday, February 11, 2000

Business Courier of Cincinnati, 2/11/2000 (BDPA Cincinnati)

Black Family Tech Week kicks off locally Feb. 13. Black Family Technology Awareness Week kicks off in Cincinnati on Feb. 13, and runs until Feb. 17. Sessions include High Tech Sunday, at area churches; Family Tech Night, Feb. 15; Software Applications of the Home and Small Business, Feb. 16; and Internet Day, Feb. 17. The event, which is...

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Sunday, January 30, 2000

ComputerWorld, 1/30/2000 (Curvie Burton, Yvonne Sharpe, Joe Thompson, George Williams)

Beyond the Racial Ravine. How can the information technology profession close the gap between affluent people and impoverished members of minority groups with little exposure to technology or opportunity to move into the field? One organization working toward that goal is Black Data Processing Associates ( in Largo, Md., a leading organization of African-American IT professionals. We invited four top BDPA officials to discuss their work with Allan E. Alter and Martine Severin...

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Thursday, January 27, 2000

ComputerWorld, 1/27/2000 (Clifford Clarke, Steve Edmonson, Les Pearson, George Williams)

Workplace Diversity. The numbers don't lie -the percentage of African Americans in senior management positions doesn't come close to reflecting their representation in American society. Here's why...

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