Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI)

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The CAE-Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) is sponsored by NSA's National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) program office and stems from the Minority Serving Institutions Working Group (MSI-WG). The CAE-CEDI Coalition is Co-Chaired by Dr. Thaier Hayajneh of Fordham University and Dr. Amelia Estwick. 

CAE-CEDI works to connect Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), such as:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
  • Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NANTIs)
  • American Indian Alaska Native Serving Institution (AIANSIs)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs)

who can benefit from developing or expanding cybersecurity related offerings, with the resources needed to further their institutions. Providing support and assistance tailored to the needs of participating MSIs to self-sustain their cybersecurity offerings.  *The intent to achieve NCAE-C designation is not a prerequisite for CAE-CEDI participation.

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CAE-CEDI Services:

    • Virtual and/or face-to-face trainings, workshops, and bootcamps
    • Assistance with faculty hiring
    • Cyber competitions/Capture-The-Flag (CTF) exposure
    • Workforce development opportunities (e.g. internships, apprenticeships, talent pipeline)
    • Assistance with course materials and labs using shared resources
    • Offering bridge courses (virtual and/or Face-to-Face) to increase student learning opportunities
    • Assistance with lab technologies (e.g. cloud services)
    • Assistance with integration of NICE standard knowledge unit s(KUs) to promote possibility of CAE designation in future
    • Continuous update meetings to discern new areas for assistance and support
    • Arrange faculty sit-ins on classes, to learn new techniques and student teaching options
    • Allocation of mentors to assist with processes and development as needed
    • Foster regional and national relationships between universities to increase resources available to you and your institution
    • Develop commitment to ensure support is continued and fits the needs of your institution

CAE-CEDI Coalition Members:

The CAE-CEDI Co-Chairs, Dr. Thaier Hayajneh & Dr. Amelia Estwick, are joined in this initiative by nine Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) offering services to MSIs in their geographical areas. Additionally, another fourty-eight CAE-CDE, CAE-CO, and CAE-R designated institutions have pledged to support the CAE-CEDI intitiative with further resources.

Coalition MemberGeographical Location
Bluegrass Community & Technical College Lexington, KY
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Greensboro, NC
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico San Juan, PR
Tennessee Tech University Cookeville, TN
University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
University of North Texas Denton, TX
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga,TN

CEDI Membership Map of the United States 


Thank You to Our Contributing Partners:



Rutgers GSE Center for MSIs

NCYTE Center