University of Phoenix maintains relationships with leading minority professional organizations to ensure that industries across America have access to a diverse talent pool. Learn more about each of our partners below.
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) advances comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States.
The premiere organization advocating for Native students, NIEA works to achieve educational equity and excellence, as well as ensure that all students are provided high-quality academic and cultural education. By serving as the critical link between our communities and the diverse array of institutions that serve our students in elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, NIEA holds all accountable for improving achievement.
Since its incorporation in 1970, NIEA has served as the convening organization for Native and non-Native stakeholders who work with our youth. From crafting and advocating legislation that expands Native control and choice over education, to providing research and support for Native communities to build capacity, NIEA plays a vital role in advancing the most important mission of all: building brighter futures for our students, their families and their cultures.
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields — as students, professionals, mentors and leaders.
AISES employs a “full circle of support” model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement. AISES works to promote, initiate and provide educational services for American Indian and Alaska Native pre-college, college and graduate students in STEM. AISES also supports early-, mid- and executive-level professionals in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, community service, and awards programs and initiatives.
AISES is the only professional society established by and for American Indian and Alaska Natives that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by utilizing cultural aspects with STEM.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With more than 40 years of assisting American Indian tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development, we have evolved into the largest national Indian-specific business organization in the nation. We take our motto, “Putting Indian country to work,” to heart literally and are actively engaged in helping tribal nations and Native businesspeople realize their entrepreneurial goals. Our motto also has meaning figuratively, as we are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian country to work to better the lives of American Indian people — both now and for generations to come.
The primary mission is to develop and expand an American Indian private sector that employs Indian labor, increases the number of viable tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.
The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), established in 1985, is a nonprofit organization of 184 Indian nations with other nonvoting associate members representing organizations, tribes and businesses engaged in tribal gaming enterprises from around the country. The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development. The primary mission of NIGA is to protect and preserve the general welfare of tribes striving for self-sufficiency through gaming enterprises in Indian country.
To fulfill its mission, NIGA works with the federal government and Congress to develop sound policies and practices and to provide technical assistance and advocacy on gaming-related issues. In addition, NIGA seeks to maintain and protect Indian sovereign governmental authority in Indian country.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. The concept of networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation, as well as reach countries outside the United States.
Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
The mission of the National Latino Peace Officers Association is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the criminal justice system — particularly in law enforcement. To create a fraternal/professional association that provides support, advocacy, personal and professional development to its members. To prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and lessen neighborhood tension in the Latino communities through awareness and role modeling, provide bilingual assistance to the public, and bridge the gap between the Latino community and the police.
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is committed to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to leading, promoting and advocating the educational, professional and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses.
The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children — particularly children of African descent. Now in its 38th year, NABSE boasts an outreach to more than 10,000 preeminent educators, including teachers, administrators and superintendents, as well as corporate and institutional members.
Founded in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African-American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.
The mission of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders who shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. The association shall unite through membership accountants, finance and business-related professionals and students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to professional and academic excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance and business-related professions.
The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of health care for persons of color.
Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) is a nonprofit organization of professionals working in or having an interest in the computer science and information technology fields. BDPA has a diverse representation of information technology professionals. Included among the organization’s members are programmers, analysts, engineers, managers, instructors and entrepreneurs, to name a few.
Earl Pace and the late David Wimberly founded BDPA in May 1975. BDPA was formed out of a concern shared by both men that minorities were not adequately represented in the information technology industry. The first BDPA chapter was organized in Philadelphia. The second chapter was organized in 1978 in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, the third chapter was organized in Cleveland. In 1979, BDPA was restructured as a national organization. Currently, there are more than 40 active chapters across the United States. BDPA is a global member-focused technology organization that delivers programs and services for the professional well-being of its stakeholders.
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