Donation of $5 million from Snap Inc. will help CSUDH prepare computer science teachers – Daily Breeze





Cal State Dominguez Hills has received the largest donation in its history from the company that developed Snapchat to help the university establish an institute dedicated to addressing equity gaps in computer education.

The university, near Carson, announced the $5 million donation on Wednesday, Nov. 3, saying the new institute — housed in the College of Education — will serve as a leader in computer education research, teacher preparation and curriculum development around equality and access, especially for bilingual learners.

The institute will also work with Los Angeles school districts to make high-quality computer science education an integral part of the experience for all K-12 students.

“The legacy Snap Inc. is helping build will positively impact the South Bay and California as a whole, and will reverberate through generations of computer science teachers and students,” CSUDH president Thomas Parham said in a statement. “Incorporating computer science education into the curriculum of K-12 schools in underserved communities is an important step in closing the digital divide that many future scientists are looking in.

“With the help of Snap Inc.,” he added, “CSUDH will break that digital divide and create technology-conscious, academically engaged leaders across Southern California.”

Dominguez Hills is one of the most diverse universities in the country. The student population is 64% Hispanic/Latino, 13% Black and 10% Asian or Pacific Islander. It is also considered a Hispanic institution because a quarter of its students are Hispanic and at least half of the degree-seeking students are low-income, according to the Cal State University system.




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