Centre for Digital Media (CDM) has partnered with Ethọ́s Lab, a Black led youth STEAM education provider, to help improve Black representation in digital media.
Centre for Digital Media, a ground-breaking partnership between UBC, SFU, BCIT and Emily Carr University, is one of eight organizations selected to receive the Higher Ed XR Innovation Grant from the Unity Social Impact and Meta Immersive Learning partnership.
The Higher Ed XR Innovation Grant will provide over $1 million in awards to higher-education institutions leveraging real-time 3D and immersive technology to make advances in teaching and learning, XR creation, and workforce development. Grantees were selected based on their proposals’ attention to inclusion, impact, viability, and innovation. Special consideration was given to institutions and programs that cater to or design innovative educational content for underserved learners.
With the support of the Higher Ed XR Innovation Grant, Ethọ́s Lab and CDM aim to take a collective step to increase the representation of Black youth and girls in XR-based digital futures through the development of an XR Media Lab program. The funding will enable the program to serve 300+ underrepresented youth and 190+ high school educators over the next five years.