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Rep. Alma Adams Announces Two More Companies Joining the HBCU Partnership Challenge

Sep 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, in run-up to this week’s Third Annual, and first virtual, Diversity in Tech Summit, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) announced two new companies joining the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge. The HBCU Partnership Challenge is an effort to promote greater engagement and support between private companies and HBCUs.

“I am excited to announce that Better.com and Capital One are joining the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus’ HBCU Partnership Challenge,” said Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “This week, 47 private partners, HBCU leaders and Members of Congress will convene to discuss the importance of HBCUs to creating a more just and equitable society. We also convene in the midst of a national emergency where communities of color primarily impacted, particularly the 300,000 students that attend our nation’s HBCUs every year. I applaud these private partners on taking the pledge to lean in and create 21st century opportunity for the institutions and students who need our help the most.”

Companies joining the partnership challenge are excited for the opportunity.

“Building a best-in-class company requires creating an environment where different skill sets, backgrounds, and opinions can come together to create a culture of empowerment and meaning. A diverse workforce enables an environment that sparks innovation, challenges convention, and provides everyone an equal opportunity to do meaningful work for our customers. As a company that's hiring rapidly, we're honored and privileged to work with HBCUs to ensure we continue building a diverse workforce with the very best talent," said Arthur Matuszewski, VP Talent at Better.com.

"Inclusive education is the most important ingredient for building diverse, resilient workforces of the future,” said Meghan Welch, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Officer at Capital One. “The HBCU Partnership Challenge is a powerful activation that bridges public-private partnerships to help both sides overcome traditional limitations and create more impact together. At Capital One, we believe diversity makes us stronger, more creative, more innovative, and ultimately more successful. We’re eager to embark on this partnership with HBCUs and the Caucus to help extend that resiliency to our broader industries, community, and nation in building highly skilled, diverse and tenacious leaders of tomorrow.”

The Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus’ Partnership Challenge encourages participating organizations to make greater investments in HBCUs. The Challenge will be featured predominately during this week’s Third Annual Diversity in Tech Summit, which will include conversations about how industry and HBCUs can partner to keep diverse pipelines of talent strong during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please contact Sam Spencer (Sam.Spencer@mail.house.gov).

Congresswoman Alma Adams represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District (Charlotte) and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. Additionally, she serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Education & Labor Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In 2015, she founded the first bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus in Congress.

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