Leidos climbs list of top HBCU engineering school supporters
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Leidos climbed to No. 16 on this year’s list of the top supporters of historically Black college and university (HBCU) engineering programs, gaining two spots from its previous ranking.
Why you should know: The company is strengthening its talent pipeline with HBCU graduates to cultivate diversity of thought, experience and culture among its workforce, says Leidos Strategic Diversity Outreach Director Desira Stearns.
- “Our goal with our Strategic Diversity Outreach program is to foster win-win partnerships for Leidos and these exceptional universities,” Stearns said. “We’re investing time and resources to help develop the next generation of engineers we hope will lead our company into the future.”
Methodology: The list, published by U.S. Black Engineer magazine, is based on survey responses from deans of 15 of the most prestigious HBCU engineering programs across the country.
Each dean who participated in the survey leads a program recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The top 20 nonprofit and top 20 industry supporters made the annual list, which has been published every year since 2003.
- "These supporters have gone above and beyond to help solidify the school-to-career pipeline within the HBCUs and the companies that are seeking top talent,” said Tyrone Taborn, CEO of Career Communications Group, which conducted the survey.
Background: Since 2016, Leidos has been a proud member of the Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) coalition designed to strengthen ties between HBCUs and Corporate America.
- “Given their small average size, and given that they have been historically under-resourced, the impact of these unique institutions is significantly greater than one would expect,” Stearns said.
AMIE member schools represent 3% of engineering schools in the country but produce 30% of all Black doctoral graduates.
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