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On October 5th of 2020, MSU Denver’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs OSRP fully executed a sub-award between the National Security Administration (NSA) and MSU Denver. The PI and CO-PI of the funded grant proposal are Dr. Jeff London and Dr. Steve Beaty. As a result, MSU Denver becomes the most recent Hispanic Serving Institution to join NSA’s Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative Coalition (CEDI). The coalition is composed of a diverse set of eleven colleges and universities. While some of the CEDI schools are historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), other schools are Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). All these schools, including MSU Denver, are Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The eleven schools that make up the NSA CEDI community are as follows: Fordham University, Excelsior College, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, New Jersey City University, University of North Florida, Tennessee Tech University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the University of North Texas.

Please see https://news.fordham.edu/university-news/fordham-awarded-3-million-grant-to-foster-diversity-in-cybersecurity-education/ for more details about the overall award.

According to Dr. London, “MSU Denver’s CEDI award will help facilitate Colorado partnerships between MSU Denver, Mountain West Cybersecurity Consortium (MWCC), and the Colorado Department of Education (CDHE). As a result, MSU Denver will help to lead the way with MWCC and CDHE. We are excited that additional cybersecurity professors and students of Colorado will be better equipped to usher in the next generation of cybersecurity experts and industry professionals. Diversifying this field of industry experts is what MSU Denver is all about.”

CEDI Grant Fact Sheet


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