Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has entered into a partnership with USAID to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development workforce. In support of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative to end hunger, Tuskegee University and USAID will partner domestically and internationally in the areas of food safety and security, farming and extension, animal health and pathology, and human health and welfare.
Tuskegee’s expertise will be utilized to create programming, facilitate training, participate in exchanges, and share best practices. USAID will also share information about paid internships, jobs, and research opportunities for all students, graduates, and faculty at Tuskegee University. The agency has boosted the budget for paid internships by nearly 700 percent to bring in more candidates from underrepresented communities.
“We are excited about this historic partnership. This initiative with USAID provides the opportunity to highlight our exceptional students – and give them a seat at the table and the opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Charlotte P. Morris, president of Tuskegee University. “Our partnership with USAID leverages our long history of stellar research in agriculture, nutrition, and water resource management. We know that this agreement will be beneficial for a number of our stakeholders, particularly for our students and faculty.”