Birmingham is facing a multitude of challenges; MCDC is designed to build our community’s capacity to develop solutions to solve those challenges.

The Magic City Data Collective is supported through a one-year grant to UAB from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. UAB is partnering with the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Birmingham Education Foundation to build and launch the project.

Regions field Birmingham

Individual Impact

  • Career exploration
  • Self efficacy
  • Data literacy skills

Institutional Impact

  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Scalability across curriculum
  • Responsive programming

Economic Impact

  • Diverse data workforce
  • Cultivation of data sector
  • Enhanced local capacity

Community Impact

  • Data driven decisions
  • Shared problem solving
  • Sustainable model



January – April 2021

  • Project team formation
  • Sponsor recruitment
  • Skills assessment
  • Stakeholder engagement


May – August 2021

  • Project deployment
  • Data career network
  • Sustainability planning

Impact + Scale

September – December 2021

  • Culminating event
  • Scale across curriculum
  • Skills assessment
  • MCDC 2.0

Our Team

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Emily Wykle

Project Manager
Director of External Affairs
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

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Quiwintre Fyre

Outreach Manager
Program Director

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Emily Jerkins

Strategy & Data Community Manager
Vice President of Strategy & Research
Birmingham Business Alliance

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Lauren Rast

Learning Manager
Assistant Professor of Physics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Please contact Emily Wykle at ewykle@uab.edu if you have questions or would like to partner with us on this program.