Three new companies join Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Partnership Challenge

When Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., founded and began to co-chair the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, she led the rolling out of the HBCU Partnership Challenge.

Years later, Adams and the Caucus continue to strengthen public-private investments in HBCUs, within all sectors of employment, recently announcing three new companies have signed on to advance diversity and inclusion.

“I want to thank our newest HBCU Caucus Partnership Challenge Members Abbvie, Amgen, and Protective Life Corporation,” said Congresswoman Adams, a double graduate of North Carolina A&T University, the largest HBCU by enrollment in the United States.

“I applaud all our private partners for taking the pledge at such a critical time,” said the North Carolina Representative.

Adams also serves on the House Committee on Education & Labor, the House Financial Services Committee, and the House Committee on Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over some HBCUs.

“HBCUs face major capital infrastructure and funding challenges. It’s an important moment for private and public partners to continue to commit to support our HBCUs.”

AbbVie, Amgen, and Protective Life Corporation join more than 90 companies that have taken the challenge, promoting greater engagement and support between private companies and HBCUs.

The HBCU Caucus Partnership Challenge is an effort to promote greater engagement and support between private companies and HBCUs.

“AbbVie’s commitment to partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities is one way we continue our focus on attracting impact-making talent to help us deliver on this important mission of improving patient lives,” said Rae Livingston, AbbVie’s Chief Equity Officer.

Known in the pharmaceutical industry for developing and delivering “innovative life-changing medicines” for a diverse population of patients, Rae believes “ through relationships with these top institutions, we are creating new pathways to careers in the pharmaceutical industry.”

“And AbbVie has the opportunity to tap into the innovative and futuristic thinking of talented students who are often untapped. I am beyond excited about partnering with the Challenge.”

Bob Bradway, Chairman and CEO of Amgen, shares many of Rae’s sentiments regarding the Challenge.

“Amgen is proud to build on our existing collaborations with HCBUs by joining the Partnership Challenge to help reduce disparities in STEM, unlock new ideas, and drive systemic change,” said Bradway.

“At Amgen, we believe everyone needs science and science needs everyone.”

Sixty-seven percent (76%) of job seekers say a diverse workforce is important when considering job offers, and organizations that report higher levels of racial diversity bring in nearly 15 times more sales revenue than their counterparts.

The Bipartisan HBCU Caucus believes that to achieve true diversity in the country’s workforce, the policymakers must focus on the “front-end of this conversation – our students and the schools they attend.”-

“Our HBCU Partnership Challenge partners are vital to providing and promoting opportunities on behalf of HBCU students, faculty, and alumni. Thank you to these industry leaders who have pledged their commitment to the HBCU community,” said Arkansas Congressman French Hill, Co-Chair of the HBCU Caucus.

“I am pleased AbbVie, Amgen, and Protective Life Corporation have joined the HBCU Partnership Challenge,” said French.

Protective employs alumni of 13 different HBCUs including Miles College, Tuskegee University, Alabama State University, Stillman College, Central State University, Spelman College, and Fisk University.

“At Protective, we are committed to strengthening our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by growing and developing our people, attracting diverse talent and supporting strong, diverse communities,” said Rich Bielen, President and CEO of Protective Life Corporation.

“We are proud of our ongoing collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and are honored to have representation of alumni from over 13 different HBCUs within our workforce,” said Bielen.

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