Dillard University Hosted Microsoft and the NFL for a STEM Event
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Dillard University Hosted Microsoft and the NFL for a STEM Event

Dillard University recently hosted a STEM event in collaboration with Microsoft and the NFL, where students participated in an interactive “Introduction to Generative Artificial Intelligence” course by STEM NOLA. New Orleans Saints DE Cam Jordan made a surprise appearance and interacted with the students. As part of the event, 50 Dillard students were given brand-new Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3s.

STEM NOLA instructor Barry McGuire highlighted the importance of bringing cutting-edge generative AI technology to the students in partnership with the NFL, Dillard, and Microsoft. The students learned about current technology, its future possibilities, ethics, and impact and had hands-on experience training models themselves.

Microsoft representative Cassidy Carroll expressed excitement about providing STEM programming and donating laptops to the students, mentioning how the technology will enhance their educational experience.

Jarren Barnes ’24 described what it means for him to receive a brand new surface laptop. “I’m really glad I was able to get this computer by attending the class today. As a visual arts major, it will help take my art to the next level with all of its capabilities, like being touch screen.” 

Dwanna Toney, Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, commended the event as a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain valuable skills beyond the classroom.

“I am always excited whenever we have the opportunity to invite community partners in to compliment the things that our students are learning inside the classroom. The opportunity to partner with Microsoft, the NFL, and STEM NOLA was amazing today. It’s rewarding to see the smiles on the students’ faces today as they learned new skills that could propel them into their careers.”

This event underscores Dillard University’s dedication to fostering a thriving ‘communiversity’ through partnerships with community organizations such as the New Orleans Saints, Southern Communities Initiative, and Urban League of Louisiana.