This month, the Clark Nexsen Foundation, in partnership with Clark Nexsen’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) group, has committed $2,000 in scholarship funds to Hampton University and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University – both historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) – in support of their architecture and engineering programs.
“The JEDI group is extremely proud to partner with the Clark Nexsen Foundation to support the next generation of architects and engineers at two of the most recognized HBCUs in the nation,” said Marcus Whitaker, PE, structural engineer, and JEDI group member.
“We want to create opportunities and pathways for success even before students graduate from college. By easing the financial burden and helping to foster diverse talent in the earlier stages of the career path, hopefully we are building a future that has a more diverse pool of talent at the professional level.”
At N.C. A&T, the $2,000 will be used to support its civil, architectural, and environmental engineering (CAEE) department. In addition to being a top-flight university recognized for excellence in its STEM programs, N.C. A&T is the largest HBCU in the country. In Virginia, Hampton University will use the $2,000 for its architecture program. Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a premiere HBCU institution known for its dedication to building character, promotion of learning, and preparing students for positions of leadership and service.
“The Clark Nexsen Foundation is proud to support scholarships at Hampton University and N.C. A&T,” said Susan Drew, CID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Interiors, and Clark Nexsen Foundation Board Member. “With multiple Clark Nexsen offices in North Carolina and Virginia, we’re continuing our mission to support our local communities and institutions.”
Established to celebrate differences and pursue deeper understanding of each other, Clark Nexsen’s JEDI group has fostered a welcoming and inclusive workplace where every individual can experience a sense of safety and belonging. In addition to creating spaces that are more inclusive to all, the JEDI group works to find partnerships and opportunities for Clark Nexsen to advance diversity and inclusion in both the workplace and its work.
About the Clark Nexsen Foundation
Established in 2008, the Clark Nexsen Foundation is a 501c3 tax exempt entity enabling our firm to support our communities and institutions. Awarding thousands of charitable dollars annually, the foundation works hand-in-hand with our employee-led contributions and volunteer efforts.