Amesite and NAFEO: Organizations That Are Coming Up with Creative Ways to Drive Diversity
December 15, 2022

In today's business world, diversity and inclusion are more important than ever. Organizations are coming up with creative ways to drive diversity and ensure that their workforce represents a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. One such collaboration is the collaboration between Amesite and NAFEO.

Amesite Inc. is a leading artificial intelligence software company that offers a cloud-based learning platform for business and education markets. Recently, the company submitted a response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's request for information regarding the design of potential semiconductor and microelectronics innovation manufacturing institutes in the United States. The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act is set to transform the U.S. semiconductor industry by offering a range of supportive funding mechanisms.

According to the White House, the Act is designed to "ensure more people from all backgrounds and all regions and communities around the country, especially people from marginalized, under-served, and under-resourced communities, can benefit from and participate in STEM education and training opportunities." This is where NAFEO comes in. With a recent collaboration with Amesite, NAFEO is ready to help fulfill the talent shortages and diversity challenges the semiconductor industry faces today.

NAFEO CEO and Attorney Lezli Baskerville said, "NAFEO’s collaboration with Amesite will enable a large cohort of diverse persons to attain credentials in growth and high need disciplines, and equally as important, according to the Business Roundtable, new and/or different skills. The persons participating in the NAFEO Amesite collaboration will also have imbued in them the work ethic and cultural mores that are the cornerstones of an HBCU education, including a strong sense of their limitless potential, even in the most competitive industries, like the semiconductor industry."

Amesite Founder and CEO, Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, commented, "We are confident that we will be able to provide learning opportunities through the various funding sources that are becoming available, and excited to begin. Amesite and NAFEO have the ability to launch sophisticated technological programs in as little as 24 hours around the globe, and are targeting funding for HBCUs and PBIs, to improve the diversity of the semiconductor workforce."

Overall, the Amesite and NAFEO collaboration is an example of how organizations are coming up with creative ways to drive diversity and ensure that their workforce represents a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By leveraging their proven SaaS collaboration, Amesite and NAFEO believe they are well-positioned to help the U.S. lead in the semiconductor industry and address the talent shortages and diversity challenges facing the industry. Alignment of mission is key to the success of public-private partnerships (PPPs) because it ensures that the goals and objectives of both the public and private partners are aligned and support the overall mission of the partnership. PPPs can take many forms, such as joint ventures, shared services, and funding arrangements. These collaborations can bring together the resources, expertise, and networks of both the public and private sectors to support the delivery of education services. However, in order for a PPP to be successful, it is essential that the mission and goals of the partnership are clear and aligned with the needs and priorities of both partners. This can help to ensure that the work of the PPP is focused and effective, and that both partners are committed to supporting the success of the partnership. By aligning the mission of the PPP, partners can work together more effectively to achieve their shared goals, supporting the growth and development of communities and the broader economy.