#NoTechForICE Scholarship

#NoTechforICE Student Counter Fundraiser: Rejecting Palantir's Co-Option of Diversity & Inclusion

We, students at Carnegie Mellon, received an invite from our faculty careers list in February to apply to Palantir's “Future Scholarship”  and its “Women in Technology Scholarship”  — scholarships by the company to “celebrate and support” women and underrepresented students  “who are beginning careers in technology.”

We reject this attempt to co-opt us. Palantir makes millions of dollars by working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement , helping carry out Trump’s immigration crackdown by fueling deportations with data. While Palantir still benefits from ICE's surveillance and deportation of immigrants, it is not right to support such scholarships that put these students in Palantir's recruitment pipeline and normalizes work that hurts marginalized communities. 

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We know that we desperately need more representation in Silicon Valley, but we know representation is meaningless if it comes at the expense of our communities. We will not play a role in enabling anti-immigrant abuses.

Instead, we’re fundraising the exact same amount — $7,000 — to give to a student at CMU who is from a background underrepresented in tech, so that they can work this summer without being forced to associate with a company like Palantir. 

Over 300 of us have made it very clear that we will not work for Palantir, a company that aids and abets ICE’s crimes against humanity. Thousands of students  across the country have stood up to Palantir and pledged not to work for the firm, knowing we cannot be complicit in building tools that terrorize immigrants. We’re also disgusted that Palantir would try to sell this scholarship to folks who are underrepresented in STEM, but fail to indicate that the company does work that’s “mission critical” for ICE.

We’re asking you to donate to our group, CMU Against ICE, to raise $7,000 to ensure that one of us doesn’t have to take Palantir’s money this year. Banding together against a multi-billion dollar corporation is the only chance we have to fight back against tech’s support for ICE. 

Thank you.

CMU Against ICE

Donations

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  • Carol Ballance 
    • $500 
    • 2 mos
  • Dana Pittsburgh Freethought Morganroth 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Pittsburgh Freethought Community 
    • $250 
    • 2 mos
  • Elizabeth Hrenda 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • John Hooper 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
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Fundraising team: CMU Against ICE (3)

Bonnie Fan 
Organizer
Raised $480 from 7 donations
Pittsburgh, PA
Maggie Oates 
Team member
Raised $1,185 from 5 donations
Zachary Rapaport 
Team member
Raised $130 from 3 donations
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