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Photos for public use from the Equity in Innovation Symposium with Google.

On Oct. 13, 2023, Spelman College hosted the Equity in Innovation Symposium in collaboration with Google to celebrate’s , Google's charitable arm, $5 million dollar grant to Spelman College in 2022. The grant supports the creation of an extensive data hub, which will track the contributions of Black, Latina, and Indigenous women in STEM.

Highlights of the event included “AI Lightning Talks”, examining how artificial intelligence intersects with education, cybersecurity, advocacy and the arts. Lightning Talk speakers included Google cloud leaders Francine Marqui and Spelman mom Willa Blasingame (mother of Class of 2023 valedvictorian Maya Blasingame) and Spelman professors Khalilah Ali, Ph.D., T. Lang, and Jaye Nias, Ph.D.

Additionally, participants enjoyed a fireside chat featuring Spelman President Helene Gayle and Google's Chief Diversity Officer Melonie Parker, discussing opportunities for Black women in technology.

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