Atlanta University Center Consortium AUCC Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:04:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Atlanta University Center Consortium 32 32 Atlanta University Center Consortium Launches New Institute to Increase Black Engineers Wed, 09 Nov 2022 20:05:49 +0000 Atlanta University Center Consortium Launches New Institute to Increase Black Engineers Read More »

IDEA aims to build the number of Black engineers by creating an institute focused on dual-degree engineering.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have produced 40 percent of all Black engineers in America. The Atlanta University Center Consortium (, with an established Dual Degree Engineering Program, has contributed to this number for over five decades with a mission to increase the number of Black engineers.

Now with a $1.5 million investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, the Atlanta University Center Consortium aims to expand its efforts to increase the number of minority engineers by creating the Institute for Dual Degree Engineering Advancement (IDEA). IDEA will be a national hub for collaboration between 250 DDEP programs across the nation, providing models for best practices for dual degree engineering students.

IDEA will create the first institute in the nation at a consortium of historically black, private, liberal arts higher education institutions focused on dual-degree engineering. Graduates of dual-degree engineering earn a liberal arts degree at an AUC institution and an engineering degree at one of nine engineering partner schools.

Because of the emphasis on leadership, communication, and service in liberal arts education, the AUC has produced a unique brand of engineers with valuable soft skills.

The current AUC DDEP program strengthens the engineering field, supporting the matriculation of over 5,000 alumni and over 400 current students across three campuses, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.

“Like the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation’s mission to focus on today’s challenges, the Atlanta University Center Consortium’s Dual Degree Engineering Program answered the clarion call of America to increase the number of students graduating in STEM, “said Dr. Said Sewell, Director of Academics, Research and Student Success.

Leaders announced the program and gift to faculty, staff, students and special guests on Wednesday, November 9, at 11:30a.m. at the AUC Robert Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center.

Learn more about the program here:

To learn more about the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, visit:

About the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

The Clark Foundation supports the work of organizations with strong leadership and values that reflect those of our founder, A. James Clark. Our mission is to ensure that these organizations have the resources they need to grow and support their communities today and in the future. Mr. Clark founded Clark Construction Group, which transformed the landscape of Washington, DC with its many projects. Mr. Clark was dedicated to giving back to the communities where he lived and worked.

About the AUCC 

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Georgia, formed in 1929 to operate on behalf of its member institutions–Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College—is the world’s oldest and largest association of historically Black colleges and universities. The Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service, and community engagement. 


Teresa D. Southern
Manager of Communications, Marketing & Events

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AUCC Public Safety Town Hall Meeting Thu, 27 Oct 2022 21:56:02 +0000 AUCC Public Safety Town Hall Meeting Read More »

The Atlanta University Center Consortium held a Public Safety Town Hall, “The State of AUCC Public Safety,”  joined by all AUC Police Chiefs, all AUC VPs for Student Services, Atlanta’s Chief of Police, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Fulton County District Attorney, and the Fulton County Solicitor General. View the previously recorded event here.

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Atlanta University Center Federal Career Fair: A Successful Collaborative Endeavor Tue, 25 Oct 2022 00:31:34 +0000 Atlanta University Center Federal Career Fair: A Successful Collaborative Endeavor Read More »


The career fair offered students a chance to hear from AUC alumni currently employed with the federal government.

In support of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Atlanta Federal Executive Board (AFEB) joined with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium for the first AUC Federal Career Fair on Thursday, October 27 at the Robert W. Woodruff Library Exhibition Hall.  The event was a huge success with about 200 attendees.  Of which, about 140 were students from the AUC schools – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, and Morris Brown College. Twenty-three federal agencies were represented with an inordinate amount of job openings and internships. 

Agencies’ representatives were engaged, energized, and actively recruiting for jobs and internships.  Participating agencies included:  Air Force Civilian Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Central Intelligence Agency, Consolidated Nuclear Security, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Board, National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, Peace Corps, Social Security Administration – Civil Rights & Equal Opportunity (Atlanta Region), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Atlanta District), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Geological Survey – South Atlantic Water Science Center, and U.S. Secret Service,

While recruitment was the focus of the event, the fair also featured a panel of federal employees who are AUC alumni.  The AUC Alumni Panel spoke to students about their federal career journey, benefits of federal employment, and helpful tips for gaining federal jobs and internships.  They engaged in a candid discussion with students in the Q&A session where a number of thoughtful questions were asked about federal employment, the hiring process, and why try federal employment. 

Another component of the event was a speaker from the Partnership of Public Service in Washington, D.C. giving a presentation on navigating and provided helpful tips on how to apply for federal jobs and internships, as well as promoting the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program. 

The inaugural Federal Career Fair showcased the best of public service, those who serve, and what we can accomplish together, through interagency and cross-sector collaboration and partnerships.

For more details about this and future career fairs, please contact Christina Williams at

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Federal Application to Relieve $10-$20k in Student Loan Debt Has Been Paused Fri, 21 Oct 2022 23:24:55 +0000 Federal Application to Relieve $10-$20k in Student Loan Debt Has Been Paused Read More »


Application is open, but debt discharge is paused.

As a result of a court order, Federal Student Aid has temporarily blocked borrowers from processing debt discharges. They encourage borrowers to apply if they are eligible and they will continue to review applications and quickly process discharges when they are able to do so and you will not need to reapply.

President Joe Biden announced that borrowers can apply for student debt relief earlier this Fall at If borrowers applied during the applications beta testing period, there is no need to re-apply.

The application takes less than 5 minutes. It’s available in English and Spanish on desktop and mobile devices. And borrowers don’t need to log in with an FSA ID or to upload any documents to apply.

The Administration’s plan will provide up to $10,000 in relief to borrowers with federal student loans and up to $20,000 in relief to borrowers who were Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers who earned less than $125,000 as an individual or $250,000 as a household in 2020 or 2021 are eligible for relief.

The Administration’s plan will help borrowers who need relief the most as they recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume loan payments this January. Already, more than 8 million people have applied for relief – that’s 8 million people on their way to getting a little more breathing room.

· The Administration is providing up to $10,000 in federal student debt relief and up to $20,000 in relief if you received a Pell Grant.
· It will have a big impact on middle-class people. 40 million people are eligible. 20 million people could have their federal student debt wiped out completely.
· Nearly 90% of relief dollars will go to borrowers earning less than $75,000 per year. And no one making over $125,000 per year is eligible.
Learn more and apply now at

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VoteComing 2022 Fri, 07 Oct 2022 19:25:59 +0000

RUNOFF ELECTION – December 6, 2022 – Elections in Georgia are headed for a runoff  and we’re providing resources to AUC students to become informed and engaged voters in every election.

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Tutu’s Legacy Lives in Us Sat, 24 Sep 2022 00:08:20 +0000 Tutu’s Legacy Lives in Us Read More »


A Tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu:His Transformative Envisioning of Reconciliation and Restorative Social Justice

This tribute event is in honor of the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In true Tutu fashion, this transformative celebration is designed to promote healing, resolution and peace. It’s an opportunity to encourage the next generation to carry his messages of resilience, nonviolence and equality.
​Archbishop Tutu’s Connection to Atlanta

Archbishop Tutu made history with Atlanta-based Coca-Cola in the mid-80’s by persuading the company to divest its assets from South Africa until apartheid ended. His connection to Atlanta continued at Emory University where he was a Visiting Professor at the Candler School of Theology from 1991-1992 and again from 1998-2000.

He also received honorary degrees from Emory, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse universities.

Honor the Legacy of the Archbishop
Sept. 28 at 10:00 a.m.

The Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre
Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA

For more information and to RSVP visit:

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AUCC 2022 Career Fair Welcomes Hundreds of Employers for AUC Students Fri, 23 Sep 2022 22:32:04 +0000 AUCC 2022 Career Fair Welcomes Hundreds of Employers for AUC Students Read More »


The Atlanta University Center Consortium welcomed nearly 2000 students to their annual Career Fair, held Friday, Sept 16. The organization held its first in-person event since 2019 with remarkable success, welcoming 300 employers to offer jobs, internships, and career opportunities to Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.

AUC students shared their thoughts about the event, all of them eager to have had the opportunity to meet employers in person.

Prince Adefolayan, a junior at Clark Atlanta University, said this was his first time attending the event. “Walking into it, I was nervous, I didn’t know what to expect or what to think but after talking to a few recruiters, it made me realize it was a fun experience and helps with networking. Everyone was helpful, they gave tips and helped find the closest fit for you.”

Daimear Bryant, a junior at Morehouse College, said he feels good to be back in person at the annual career fair. “The online setting can be a tad bit different. You’re not in front of the person to see how they interact with you. This event had a good variety & a lot of solid companies.”

Parker Hall, a first-year student at Spelman said, “I’ve seen so many opportunities here, I’m a STEM major, with a huge interest in Acting and the liberal arts, I’ve seen something for almost every interest that I’ve had here. I talked to the National Zoo, which was something I really enjoyed. I also have a huge interest in heredity and genetics, I’ve been able to get insight on that. Even when internships or opportunities may not be for you, they still have an opportunity for you such as scholarships.”

Words from some of our companies and organizations attending:

Tae Smith, a Kellogg Sales Manager, was looking for Business Management and Marketing majors, and shared he met lots of good candidates for their internship program. “We offer a 12-week internship program giving students experience six weeks in sales, learning the nuts and bolts of how the product goes to the marketplace and the remaining six weeks with the accounts/internal side of the business with a special project at the end with corporate leadership.”

Shan Black with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, said her company was eager to meet students in person and share positions they had of lab technicians, engineers, manufacturing technicians. “Students were very prepared and they presented themselves well. I’m pleased with the turnout and will be reaching back out to many of the students I met. We’re doing a traditional meet and greet and we’ve noticed a lot of students are learning how to engage and have lots of questions.”

Karitza Hines said she was excited to meet freshmen looking so far in the future and excited about interning and hearing about opportunities.

Hines, Head of Human Resources-Americas with Euromonitor International, said, “We’re hiring research consultants and sales consultants. We also have a marketing team so there’s a lot of different opportunities available. We’re looking for all majors. We are really just looking for smart energetic people that have a passion for marketing and the research side of things.”

She continued, “There’s just nothing like that face time that you get, connecting and seeing body language of job candidates. These things are very valuable in HR. Getting that vibe and energy from another person doesn’t always translate virtually.”

Al Keeler, Director of Real Estate with Aldi USA, was looking for District Managers and District Manager interns. “Great position, it’s mid-level management and it’s a great leadership role right out of college,” Keeler explained they hone in on business majors, but are open to students of all backgrounds as they look for varying ideas and thought processes to lead and move forward as an organization.

Dr. Chris Ellis, AUCC’s Manager of Career Services, has planned this annual endeavor for the past three years.
“The planning and efforts put into this Career Fair truly paid off for us. I was proud and excited to see the number of students in attendance and their interactions with employers. Returning the career fair back into an in-person event was welcomed by all involved. Knowing that our students were able to network with employers in efforts to pave pathways toward internships and/or employment, was well worth the time invested and energy given to this event,” Ellis said.

Plans are underway for two other career fairs this Fall, a Graduate Career Fair, October 5th and a Federal Agency Career Fair October 27th. For more details contact, Dr. Chris Ellis at

Teresa D Southern
Manager of Communications, Events & Marketing
Atlanta University Center Consortium

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Dr. Jonathan Gaines Joins AUCC As Associate Director of Engineering Education & Innovation Tue, 13 Sep 2022 23:46:07 +0000 Dr. Jonathan Gaines Joins AUCC As Associate Director of Engineering Education & Innovation Read More »

The Atlanta University Center Consortium welcomes Jonathan Gaines, Ph. D., the AUCC’s new associate director of engineering education and innovation in the Office for Dual-Degree Engineering Program. Gaines joins the AUCC from the University of South Florida, where he served as an Instructor II in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Director of the First Year Experiential Education and Learning for the College of Engineering. During the past five years, in addition to teaching engineering students, managed and developed the data acquisition lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department, administered a service-learning design course for approximately 1,000 first-year students per year, coordinated the effort of six to seven faculty members a semester to facilitate the course, advised College of Engineering administration on experiential education and learning, developed plans for supporting and rewarding faculty that do engineering education initiatives, and developed active learning spaces to promote engineering design and collaboration.

As a testament to his commitment to developing the next generation of engineers, Dr. Gaines launched, with a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Bulls-EYE Mentoring program. This exposed approximately 120 middle school children to the field of engineering and helped them develop a sense of identity and empowerment. The University of South Florida’s Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships was so impressed with Gaines’ community efforts he was awarded 2019 Outstanding Community Engaged Faculty Member.

“As the nation’s oldest dual-degree engineering program, we are excited that after a nationwide search, Dr. Gaines has agreed to manage and grow our dual-degree engineering program. Not only is he one of the nation’s leading ‘academic-engineer,’ he knows the program intimately well as he is an alumnus of the program. Jonathan brings the necessary knowledge of the program, academic background of the profession, energy, and innovation to help us to become the hub once again for dual degree engineering in the nation.” Said Sewell, Ph. D., Atlanta University Center Consortium Director of Academics, Research, and Student Success.

Gaines, who is an alumnus of the AUC’s Dual Degree Engineering Program, earned a bachelor of science degree in applied physics from Morehouse College and a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a doctorate of philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in mechanical engineering. His dissertation was entitled “Remote Operator Blended Intelligence System for Environmental Navigation and Discernment.” Dr. Gaines was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His postdoctoral project was entitled “Multispectral camera-based perception for Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS).”

Gaines’ work has been recognized nationally by National Science Foundation (NSF), The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Motorola Solutions Foundation. He has received many honors and awards, including the University of Southern Florida’s Faculty Diversity Award, Apple Polishing Award, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Community Award, National Society of Black Engineers Advisor of the Year Award, Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Community Youth Summit Award, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc’s Gamma Zeta Chapter’s Brother of the Year Award. He is a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) member.

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Cisco Invests $300K to AUCC as Part of Social Justice Action Empowering HBCU’s Tue, 13 Sep 2022 23:26:19 +0000 Cisco Invests $300K to AUCC as Part of Social Justice Action Empowering HBCU’s Read More »


The investment will support student scholarships and internships for AUCC students and opportunities in their Dual Degree Engineering Program.

Cisco is joining forces with the Atlanta University Center Consortium and Georgia Institute of Technology to increase the opportunities for Black students to become engineers. As a part of the Cisco Social Justice 12 Actions & Impacts Blueprint, the company is committed to the strategic recovery, sustainability, and legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Over the next five years, Cisco will invest in HBCUs to ensure a successful post COVID- 19 recovery, committing to providing technology upgrades to ensure exceptional remote learning options and scholarships to ensure enrollment to those in need.

Since its inception, the Atlanta University Center Consortium’s Dual Degree Engineering Program has been committed to increasing the number of minority engineers who are globally aware, socially engaged, and well equipped for scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical careers. This program in partnership with nine top-ranking engineering institutions from around the country has produced over 4,000 Black engineers.

Students in the program, who attend Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College, are also deeply engaged with the National Society of Black Engineers, a student-governed organization promoting the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. The funds from Cisco will be used to create scholarships. These “Cisco Scholars,” will be supported throughout their matriculation in the AUC and partnering engineering institutions, but also will participate in Cisco internship and mentoring programs.

“Cisco’s commitment to HBCUs, especially the AUCC’s Dual Degree Engineering Program, is commendable and shows a clear path forward for supporting the development of future engineers. This financial commitment will continue solidifying the blueprint we have in place to assist our pre-engineering students toward achieving their dream of becoming an engineer,” Dr. Said Sewell, Director of Academics, Research and Student Success for the AUCC.

This donation is in addition to Cisco’s five-year investment of $150 million to help strengthen HBCUs around the country, with $100 million to provide them with modern technology, along with $50 million to help lessen student debt for students. Cisco is committed to partnering with HBCUs to develop long-term sustainable strategies focused on delivering student success, innovation opportunities, and investments in Black-owned startups.

Read more about Cisco’s additional Social Justice Actions here:


Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future.

AUCC Media Contact:

Teresa D. Southern
Manager of Communications, Marketing & Events
Atlanta University Center Consortium

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2022 AUCC Career Fair Mon, 12 Sep 2022 14:53:56 +0000 2022 AUCC Career Fair Read More »


AUCC 2022 Career Fair Welcomes Hundreds of Employers for AUC Students

Atlanta – Atlanta University Center students will have the opportunity to network with nearly 300 organizations who have shown their willingness to offer roles and opportunities to them at the Atlanta University Center Consortium’s 2022 Career Fair. For the first time in three years, the AUCC Career Fair will be held in person and students will have the chance to network, interact and interview with potential employers. Transportation will be provided for students and Student ID is required for entry.

To help students prepare for this endeavor, there will be a JCPenny Suit-Up Event, providing students discounted prices on business attire and more on Sunday, September 11, 3:00-6:00p.m. at Arbor Place Mall.

Career Fair Event Details:

WHO: The Atlanta University Center Consortium and Employers
WHAT: 2022 Career Fair for AUC Students and Alumni
WHEN: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2022
WHERE: Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Building 2, 2nd Floor Exhibition Hall
HOW: AUC students may register via Handshake, provide resumes to employers and schedule interviews if applicable. Students will be provided with transportation from the CAU Student Center and Spelman Side Gate

For more details, please contact Dr. Chris Ellis and/or Carolyn Rhodes at


Teresa D Southern
Manager of Communications, Events & Marketing
Atlanta University Center Consortium

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