BDPA Foundation

Sunday, November 14, 2004

TechJournal South, 11/14/2004 (BDPA Triangle)

Group Profile: BDPA Triangle Chapter - Blacks in Technology. In what ways do you help the overall Triangle technology community? BDPA Triangle Chapter helps the overall Triangle technology community by bridging the digital divide and supporting ongoing career and professional development, entrepreneurial development, and assessment of tech industry trends. We provide the vehicle many employers and organizations seek to reach qualified minority IT professionals and minority entrepreneurs. In addition, because the BDPA Triangle Chapter recognizes the importance of filling the pipeline of talent for the future, we are also actively developing the next generation of IT professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs.

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Monday, October 18, 2004

ComputerWorld, 10/18/2004 (George Hall, Melissa Thompson)

The Extra Mile: If you're ready to really commit to diversity in your IT shop, here's how to achieve it. Unlike the wild hiring of the '90s, the slow rebuilding of bare-bones IT shops over the next few years will provide an opportunity to staff up thoughtfully. It's another chance to get diversity right. Lots of IT organizations talk about diversity, but some are better at achieving it than others. We spoke with representatives of five IT groups that have been repeatedly cited as diversity leaders by the Black Data Processing Associates to discover how companies can find, recruit and retain top minority talent in IT...

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Business Courier of Cincinnati, 9/24/2004 (Janice Lee)

BDPA trains minority students for competitive programming. Lots of people have spent hours camped in front of the TV in recent weeks, watching young people compete in the Olympic Games. Far fewer would take an interest in the mental gymnastics involved in a computer programming competition, or appreciate the training it takes to excel in that intellectual "sport."

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

University of Memphis News Room, 7/28/2004 (BDPA Memphis)

National Champion BDPA High School Computer Team Sets Sights on Another Win with Help from the University of Memphis. The University of Memphis' FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) and two of its associated organizations - the Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Advanced Learning Center - have teamed up this year to host the high school computer camp of the Memphis chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

PR Newswire, 7/27/2004 (Marriott International)

Marriott Named as One of the 'Best Companies for Blacks in Technology'. Marriott International announced that Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and have presented the company with their "Best Companies for Blacks in Technology Award." Marriott was one of six winners selected from a survey of Fortune 1000 companies. This annual award recognizes Marriott for creating a positive organizational climate and career development opportunities for African Americans working in technology.

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Monday, July 19, 2004

Online Recruitment, 7/19/2004 (Will Bundy, Wayne Hicks)

National BDPA and announce winners. The National BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates ( and (, the source for diversity talent, announced Allstate Insurance, Blackwell Consulting Services, Delta Air Lines, HSBC, Marriott International, and Merck & Co as the winners of the 2nd Annual Best Companies for Blacks in Technology Award. One of these companies will be announced as the Top Company for Blacks in Technology and receive the much coveted Epsilon Award that will be presented at the BDPA 2004 26th Annual National Conference being held August 4-8, 2004 at the prestigious Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas, TX. The Epsilon Award is presented annually to the top company in the nation that promotes a workplace and environment that supports the advancement of Blacks in the information technology industry...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004

CSRwire, 7/6/2004 (Gina Billings)

BDPA's Gold Level Corporate Sponsors. Bank of America, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Merck & Company have each donated over $50,000 to the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) making them Gold Level Corporate Sponsors. Funding will be used for a variety of programs and services offered by BDPA as well as the national conference.

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Monday, February 23, 2004

Institute for Intelligent Systems, 2/23/2004 (BDPA Memphis)

FedEx Institute of Technology and IIS Host Memphis Black Data Processing Association's (BDPA) High School Computer Camp (HSCC). Recently, members of the BDPA along with Memphis area high school students visited IIS at the FedEx institute and were given a taste of the research the IIS performs on a daily basis. From this brief visit, the potential for learning was visibly great. The goal to expose these students to high-end technology and facilitate non-technical training is easily within our grasp. The camp will run from the beginning of February and will continue until late August.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Corporate Social Responsibility News, 2/10/2004 (HSCC)

BDPA Announces HSCC Challenge Grant Winners. BDPA is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual FleetBoston Financial High School Computer Competition Challenge Grant. FBF pledged $50,000 funding to the four chapters demonstrating the best preparation for this year's competition. The four winning chapters hail from Albany NY, Boston MA, Hartford CT and Providence RI...

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Monday, January 12, 2004

Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/12/2004 (Gina Billings, Wayne Hicks)

Minorities Appointed. Two local people have been elected to offices of the National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), a professional organization to help strengthen the expertise of minority members working in information technology. The group is headquartered in Philadelphia.

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