SLU will lead a consortium with Harris-Stowe State University, Lincoln University
ST. LOUIS — A $2.5 million grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will create a new center at Saint Louis University’s School of Professional Studies, dedicated to preparing students for professional positions in the 18 American intelligence agencies.
The grant is the first from the intelligence community at SLU and the largest grant in the history of the School of Professional Studies.
SLU was officially designated the U.S. Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) on September 14, 2022. The designation and grant funding will support the design and development of intelligence-related STEM programs and research. programmatic training opportunities to prepare students for careers in intelligence.
The IC CAE program was established in 2005 and is a highly competitive program designed to meet the demand for a diverse cadre of professionals to carry out national security priorities and obligations.
The new center will be known as the Midwest-Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (MW-IC CAE). SLU will lead a consortium of universities and colleges to recruit and train talented and diverse students interested in careers in intelligence and national security.
Joe Lyons, Ph.D., director of the security and strategic intelligence program at the School of Professional Studies, will lead the program. Steven Winton, Ph.D., will be a co-investigator at SLU. Gary Higgs, Ph.D., of Harris-Stowe State University and Michael Bardot, Ph.D., of Lincoln University, are the grant’s co-principal investigators.
“The goal of the grant is to help build a diverse pipeline of future intelligence and national security employees,” Lyons said. “There is a need for people with a background in STEM, geospatial, foreign languages as well as cybersecurity.”
The Center will enable faculty, staff, students, and members of the University’s intelligence community to work collaboratively to create rich and engaging learning and teaching experiences. The leadership team aims to increase student success, build vital IC partnerships, and bring individuals together to become members of an intellectually and demographically diverse active learning community, preparing them for careers in the ‘ic.
The program is open to all SLU students, as well as students from Harris consortium partner schools Stowe State University and Lincoln University. The grant will fund a variety of initiatives, including on-campus and virtual events, faculty development, scholarships, student travel, and study abroad opportunities. An intelligence conference will be held in the spring of 2023.
Schools in the IC CAE program receive five years of program development funding along with an option for an additional four years of maintenance funding to ensure long-term program sustainability.
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