HAI's Commitment to Education
HAI aims to expand educational opportunities for current and prospective students in the field of AI.
We commit to:
- Enhancing support for AI4ALL, an organization encouraging underrepresented youth in technology paths, by increasing scholarship funds for low-income students attending the Stanford program and creating summer internship opportunities for program alumni, building on the Center for the Study of Language and Information’s (CSLI) Summer Internship Program.
- Hiring a new science education postdoctoral student to conduct research and outreach activities aimed at increasing representation in the technical AI field.
- Supporting the development of the Stanford Computer Science Department’s new embedded ethiCS curriculum, launching in the 2020-21 academic year.
- Collaborating in the promotion and sponsorship of courses and educational initiatives that directly engage with race studies, including theoretical, humantistic, social science, and social justice scholarship as well as historical and political analysis informing students’ understanding of their work in technological fields. Although HAI does not have authority over department curricula, these topics may be well suited for cross-listed courses with other academic units. This includes cross-listing the new English Department undergraduate course AI + ART + ACTIVISM with Symbolic Systems, African & African American Studies, and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. In addition, these topics could be considered for program recommendations or requirements, analogous to Stanford’s Ethical Reasoning requirement.
- Funding new postdoc positions with the Stanford AI Lab (SAIL) and the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) that actively seek and encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds.
- Launching a new quarterly lecture series devoted to topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion and co-sponsoring similar talks and events in conjunction with African & African American Studies, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, the Program in Science, Technology & Society, the Symbolic Systems Program, and others joining in this effort.