Yesterday, Apple released a statement through Fortune magazine stating that it will donate a sizable gift of over $40 million dollars to Historically Back Colleges and Universities. The company is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that supports students enrolled in public, historically black colleges and universities . These schools include North Carolina A&T State University, Howard University, and Grambling State.
In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Apple’s human resources chief Denise Young Smith said the company is partnering with several non-profit organizations on a multi-year, multi-million-dollar effort to increase the pipeline of women, minorities, and veterans in the technology industry—and, of course, at Apple.
“We wanted to create opportunities for minority candidates to get their first job at Apple,” said Young Smith, who took over as its head of HR a little over a year ago.“There is tremendous upside to that and we are dogged about the fact that we can’t innovate without being diverse and inclusive.”
Does this opportunity push other companies to reach out and build partnerships with HBCU supporting organizations to support America’s Black Colleges and Universities.