Apple has announced that four historically black colleges and universities will receive $ 5 million from its Racial Equity and Injustice Initiative fund.
The Racial Equity and Injustice Initiative is a $ 100 million fund provided by Apple to ensure more positive outcomes for communities of color. It focuses on three areas: education, criminal justice reform, and economic equality.
On Thursday, Apple announced four new schools that would receive funding. Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and Prairie View A&M University will receive three-year grants to support each school’s engineering projects.
“The HBCU community is home to incredible black talent and we are delighted to be working with these universities to enhance opportunities for their students,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of social, political and environmental initiatives in a statement. “We know that many jobs of the future will be in innovative areas such as silicon engineering and we want to help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders have access to transformative learning opportunities.”
According to USA Today, studies show that black professionals make up only 5% of the tech workforce, 3% of tech executives, and 1% of tech founders. Apple hopes to target historically black colleges and universities to address such a disparity in the workforce.
In addition to the funds, Apple is providing educational resources directly. Students will be able to interact with Apple engineers through design projects and internships.
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