Historically Black Tuskegee University and Auburn University in Alabama announced an agreement to expand partnerships between the universities and collaborate on community outreach. The agreement calls for a commitment to blend resources and intellectual capacity to address racial and health disparities in communities across the state of Alabama. Through faculty research and outreach collaborations, both universities will work to address lack of healthcare access and other social and health inequities in the local areas.
The collaboration includes a 10-member committee to review and recommend proposals to the university presidents for prioritization in seeking state and federal support. The collaboration team will focus on academic programs, research and development, outreach, and community engagement.
“The impact of this partnership will benefit the students of both schools and the surrounding communities where we are based,” said S. Keith Hargrove, provost at Tuskegee University. “By blending our resources, we will be able to have a broader reach in developing state-of-the-art academic programs and research and development opportunities, while deepening our community engagement and outreach.”
“As we focus on innovative ways to expose our students to research and training opportunities to keep them in the forefront of their fields, partnering with Auburn University helps expand their experience,” added Charlotte P. Morris, president of Tuskegee University. “This collaboration provides a formal structure to ensure that the common goals are met to support students of both institutions and partner with the community in meaningful ways.”