BDPA Rhode Island Chapter

In the Spring of 2002 several black professionals within the information technology industry came together as an interest group to brainstorm on starting a local chapter. There is currently no other organization within the state of Rhode Island that offers information sharing, education, networking opportunities and support primarily to the African American technology professional community. We recognized that starting this chapter would be challenging taking into account that BDPA is a member-focused organization. Mobilizing prospective members and having them see the need and the individual benefits that can be derived is not always an easy thing to do. However, we felt that our strength and determination would help us to achieve our goal.

Our Strategy

We began the search for Chapter support by targeting technology based individuals and companies in Rhode Island that we felt would serve as the basis for our stakeholder group. We are grateful to Bank of America who is presently our corporate supporter. Bank of America has provided, among other things financial and staff support to the organization. As a new and growing organization we are in need of a wide variety of resources. These include corporate and financial support. We are also looking for volunteers within the corporate industry to serve as advisors to the organization. Hopefully this article will help to generate interest and support from other companies who we hope will follow the path that Bank of America has taken.

Our Vision

To become the Information Technology Educational Service Provider, in Rhode Island for minority business leaders and Communities.

Our Strategic Priorities

  • Obtain financial sustainable throught Grants, fund raising and corporate sponsorships.
  • Engage in collaborative partnerships with corporations, schools, and community organizations in order to leverage resources, facilities and equipment.
  • Enlist the expertise of IT business leaders and constructively engage community leaders to volunteer.
  • Build and environment conducive to creativity and innovation while providing a context for personal and professional fulfillment.