Nissan Donates $250,000 to Mississippi’s HBCUs

The Mississippi state flag featuring the state and its 7 HBCUs.
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Last Updated on June 22, 2024 9:35 PM CDT

Nissan will donate $250,000 to Mississippi’s seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in order to further STEM education.

“It’s our privilege to support Mississippi’s HBCUs as they prepare a new generation to take on the STEM challenges and opportunities of tomorrow,” said Chandra Vasser, vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer, Nissan Americas, and an HBCU alumnus. “Many of Nissan’s Canton employees are graduates of a Mississippi HBCU and are helping to shape the future of our business. We’re proud to support the schools that have prepared them to make a positive impact, not only within our company but within the communities we serve.”

The seven HBCUs receiving a Nissan donation are Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College – Utica Campus, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College.

Among the funded projects are:

  • Alcorn State University Applied Sciences Programs and Robotics and Automation Technology Enhancements is a two-part project that provides STEM learning opportunities for middle and high school students, including STEM camps and robotics competitions, that build interest and skills in technical career pathways and advancements to robotics laboratories.
  • Jackson State University Student Robotics Lab and Program is a dedicated space for students to engage in activities related to robotics and advancing technologies. Activities in the lab support senior design projects, competition preparation and student innovations.
  • Tougaloo College STEM Pipeline Project is an initiative to create a pathway to educate and strengthen pre-college and college students’ knowledge of advanced technology and innovation. Key activities include a research symposium, STEM workshop, and summer science and engineering program.

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