Classmates in Library

The Wade Institute of Technology (WIT) is a new STEM college in organization based in Palo Alto. WIT is being organized by Minority Television Project Inc. (MTP), a 35-year-old noncommercial educational entity. MTP owns and operates KMTP TV 33, a public television station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the San Francisco Bay Area. Our graduate scholarship funding has been provided by MTP which seeks to make transformative changes in the technology ecosystem.

Who are WSP Scholars?

Let’s be blunt: The underrepresentation of African Americans in the STEM ecosystem is a national disgrace. It can only be mitigated or remedied through the transformation of higher education into a more inclusive environment that supports and benefits from the enrichments of diversity. Much of the conversation of diversity and inclusion remains just words. WSP believes talent is universal, opportunity is not. In collaboration with the Stanford School of Engineering, we seek to match talent and opportunities. 

WSP scholarships will be awarded only to students who are admitted to any master's degree program in the School of Engineering at Stanford. 

If you have not already, you must apply to SoE. Learn more about SoE disciplines. 

Directors, Benefactors, Supporters

Herb Anderson, Director-Chair

B.A., University of California Berkeley 

Herb previously served as Board Chair, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Committee Chair for Disability Rights California, the nation’s largest nonprofit legal advocacy organization responsible for protecting the rights of over 750,000 Californians with disabilities. Herb recently completed the USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate, an educational platform providing critical skills to women and minorities and the opportunity to participate in leadership roles within the real estate industry. The focus of the program was on real estate and the macro-economy and key financial and economic performances, including individuals and entities that influence policy, such as the Federal Reserve. Herb is a proud parent of a daughter who graduated from Stanford.

Jawara Lumumba, Director-Vice Chair 

J.D., Stanford Law School

Jawara practiced as senior attorney within the North Central Legal Assistance Program in his home state of North Carolina as Director of the New Orleans Legal Assistance program. In those positions, he provided representation to economically disadvantaged clients in a range of civil matters. His accomplishments included expanding his clients’ access to affordable health care, habitable housing and employment opportunities. Subsequently, he was director of  a national skill building training program within the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC, for attorneys, paralegals and community advocates, a program that won distinguished recognition from the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He then joined the National Legal Aid Society as the Civil Division Director. In that position, he productively advocated for sustained federal funding for legal services programs nationally. Jawara led a multi-million-dollar resource campaign to fund the North Carolina Minority Economic Development Project for which he assumed the initial presidency. This program facilitated the advancement of minority business development and stimulated a network of economic development corporations. Currently, he is a senior partner in the Training Resources Group, an internationally recognized organizational development consulting firm working in over 100 countries. He led an eight-year executive coaching initiative to strengthen the leadership of the Reproductive Health Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a preeminent research center on HIV and infectious diseases. 

YoungSu Yoo, Director-Secretary

M.F.A., Television and Film Production, Academy of Art University

B.S., Mechanics and Design, Kookmin University, Seoul

YoungSu is a scientist and creative artist.  Right out of college, he worked as a mechanical designer for a motor company. His passion on telling stories had him to be pivoted to television production, working for Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) as a drama series producer. At KMTP TV, he has been a Producer of original series directed to young adults. He also produced Five Day News, the only Pan African nightly news program.  He now serves as the station Chief Content Officer. 

Lorna Jones, Director

Ph.D., University of Reading, Reading

Lorna holds a Ph.D. in Human Geography with an emphasis on Diaspora Trade. She focused on international trade across five countries. Previously, she was Interim Director for the Center for International Trade Development at Skyline College in San Bruno. She holds a master’s degree in International Development and a bachelor’s degree in French. Lorna has taught in Martinique and at Evergreen Valley College, San Jose. Lorna has events marketing and sales experience and introduced a new North American software into the UK and Saudi Arabian markets. She founded and continues to run a global essay contest that encourages research, reading, and self-expression among children of African descent.

Barbara J. Wade, Director

Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Michigan

Barbara is a graduate of Tennessee State University, an HBCU. She has extensive experience in elementary education. Her degree is in Education Administration. For over 25 years in Chicago schools, she advanced from teaching counseling to Vice Principal then Principal. Following retirement, she became a consultant to school districts nationally. Since college, she has been an avid member-supporter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (ΑΚΑ), the first historically African American Greek-lettered sorority.

Gwendolyn May Barlow, Director

E.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Illinois State University Normal

M.A., Special Education, San Francisco State University

Gwen has thirty-five years of experience in academic leadership, Curriculum/Program Development and Administration. Formerly, she was President of the Faculty Council; Dean of the Faculty Council; and Vice President and Dean of Faculty and Instruction for Chicago City Colleges; and Faculty Advisor of the Student Government Association. Through her professional and volunteer services for student organizations and clubs she has developed a deep understanding of students, their aspirations, strengths, and challenges. She recently retired as Professor/Chairperson of the Child and Human Development Program.

Lorrita Ford, Director

MLIS, Library & Information Studies, UC Berkeley

BA Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley 

Lorrita was formerly Director, Library and Information Services at College of San Mateo. She also served as Acting Library Director and faculty at Diablo Valley College and as adjunct faculty at Contra Costa College. She grew up in Los Angeles and attended Los Angeles City College from which she transferred to Cal State University Los Angeles and later to UC Berkeley. After Berkeley, she enrolled in the Teacher Corps program and studied for her credential at Cal State University, Hayward. She taught for several years in Oakland Public Schools. After returning to Berkeley for graduate school, she earned an MLIS and worked for the Oakland Public Library. Wishing to combine her love of teaching and librarianship she eventually transitioned to faculty and management positions in community colleges.  A strong proponent of STEM education and experiential learning, she established one of the first Makerspaces and tool lending libraries in a college setting. She is the proud parent of two HBCU graduates. 

Kyla Talley, Director

Ph. D. Candidate, University of West Georgia, Carrolton, Georgia

Kyla is quite the student. She has two master’s degrees from Clark Atlanta University: an M.B.A. in Marketing, and a Master of Education in School Counseling with Psychological Studies. She also holds a certificate as a Specialist of Education in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. Professionally, Kyla is a formally trained Mental Health Therapist serving as a School Counselor Leader at Lookout Mountain Middle School. She recognizes the need for pipelines for the development in STEM from secondary education. Kyla helps students with academic achievement, career and college readiness, and social/emotional development. While recognizing the need for an emphasis to meet the challenges of secondary guidance and mentoring, she identifies, evaluates, and remedies developmental problems and external factors that affect student success. Kyla knows the challenges of upward mobility, student stress, bullying, and the need for positive racial and gender identification. Utilizing her marketing skills, she was an Expedition Brand Manager with Ford World Headquarters, Dearborn.

Darryl G. Harris Sr., Director

B.A., California State University, Los Angeles

Darryl served for nearly thirty years as a Police Officer, Detective in the Special Victims Unit; a Background Investigator; and a Hostage Negotiator for the City of Pasadena. His skills as an instructor were required for years, as a Law Enforcement Professional for Advance Officer Training sessions, as well as Basic Police Academy Training, “Tools for Tolerance” Program, through the Simon Wiesenthal – Museum of Tolerance. His critical incidents involve a variety of situations and circumstances that were extremely dangerous and traumatic to potential victims, and the public. It is difficult to grasp fully the management of emotionally charged and dangerous situations that require the need for such instant and urgent judgments when dealing with potential life and death situations. Darryl’s dedication to our youth and tomorrow’s leaders has always been pertinent, as he volunteered over 20 years leading youth, as a highly honored sports coach for young local athletes, an Advisor for the Police Youth Explorers, and an Instructor with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Darryl is now a writer, and an Adjunct Professor at Glendale Community College, instructing in the Administration of Justice Department.

Booker T. Wade Jr., Executive Director

J.D., Stanford Law School

While at Stanford, Booker was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Stanford Trustee’s Investment Committee which oversees the Stanford Endowment. He served as an Extern to Justice Murray Draper, California Court of Appeals, then Sitting by Designation on the California Supreme Court. He was an Adjunct Instructor at Bowie State College and Attorney Adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation where he provided ethics advice to sub-cabinet level officers and reviewed regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration (then the Urban Rapid Transit Administration). He also made recommendations to the General Counsel for referral to the Secretary for action as to service members seeking review of their dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard. Booker was also an Adviser to Tyrone Brown, then a Member of the Federal Communications Commission. He also was President of the Community Television Network Inc. which launched two dozen Black-owned broadcast television stations.  

Dianne Millner, Special Advisor-General Counsel

J.D., Stanford Law School

Dianne has represented MTP since its launch in 1985. She first practiced real estate and business law at San Francisco’s Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro before leaving to co-found the predecessor to Alexander, Millner & McGee, then the largest African American owned law firm west of the Mississippi River. Subsequently, she served as Special Counsel for the City of Oakland where she advised the City regarding the City’s sports teams: The Golden State Warriors, the Oakland A’s, and the then-Oakland Raiders. She recently completed a Fellowship with the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute.