Buzz: Yappy Hour set for Tuesday afternoon. Berry part of National Science Foundation grant to evaluate challenges faced by underrepresented tech entrepreneurs. Free legal  help today.

Buzz: Yappy Hour set for Tuesday afternoon. Berry part of National Science Foundation grant to evaluate challenges faced by underrepresented tech entrepreneurs. Free legal help today.

 

Yappy Hour set for Tuesday at Shoals Ferry Dog Park: The free event is from 4 until 6 p.m. and is part of the National Happy Hour Day for dogs. Also new: A Friends of the Dog Park Group to create a network to develop ideas for ways to help the park as it continues to grow. Friends of the Dog Park – Rome, GA


Berry College is one of four higher education institutions recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to evaluate the experiences and challenges faced by underrepresented tech entrepreneurs.

The total amount for this three-year NSF award is about $3.5 million and about one third of the award is dedicated to research. Berry joins researchers from Rutgers University, University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University.

The national initiative is an effort to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM entrepreneurship. The NSF awarded the National GEM Consortium $3.5 million to develop national diversity and inclusion infrastructure for the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Program.

“The drivers of tech entrepreneurship have led to disparities in access, participation, and representation by marginalized communities of color. Our research will help to identify targeted solutions aimed at reducing this gap in favor of a more inclusive entrepreneurial landscape in tech,” said researcher and Berry College Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems Thema Monroe-White.

Only about 8% of “U.S. innovators” are members of U.S. minority groups (including Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and others), and much of the scientific workforce lacks diversity.


Georgia Legal Services Program assistance will be available in the Judicial Courthouse at 3 Government Plaza, Suite 114 today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  to assist low-income clients in a range of civil matters, including TPOs, public benefits, housing, consumer issues, school suspensions and unemployment. This service is provided on the second Friday of each month by Superior Court Clerk Barbara H Penson and Georgia Legal Services Program.  For more: 706-291-5190.

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