09.18.18

Senator David Perdue Announces New HBCU Corporate Partners

Atlanta-based Pandora Music Joins HBCU Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12), and the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus announced that eight companies have agreed to become corporate partners with HBCUs, including Pandora Music in Atlanta, Amazon, AnitaB.org, Dell, Inc., GM Financial, Nielsen, Regions Bank, and Volvo Group North America. By accepting the HBCU Partnership Challenge, these companies will increase engagement with HBCUs and work with the Caucus to establish best practices for diversifying the workforce.

“Georgia is home to 10 fantastic HBCUs that play an important role in educating America’s future leaders,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “It’s an honor to work with my colleagues on the Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus to address the unique challenges our HBCUs face, and I’m delighted eight new companies, including Pandora Music in Atlanta, are joining our partnership to highlight the accomplishments of HBCUs across the country.”

“One year ago, the National HBCU Braintrust jumpstarted a historic, year-long campaign to strengthen relationships between HBCUs and major corporations. HBCUs have led the charge to produce some of our nation’s greatest African-American talent, despite 200 years of discrimination and inequality, while the tech industry has faced some of the greatest challenges of mankind with fearless innovation and ingenuity,” said Congresswoman Adams, Founder and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “The HBCU Partnership Challenge continues to be a critical vehicle for developing concrete partnerships between these two revolutionary sectors. I commend the new partnership challenge corporations for their commitment to engagement with HBCUs and look forward to helping them strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent.”

“Taking this challenge is the natural next step for Pandora as we work towards achieving our overall diversity and inclusion goals. Our continued partnerships with HBCUs will play an integral role in helping us build a talented and diverse workforce – especially in our main hubs, including Atlanta,” said Adelmise Warner, Pandora Music’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion. “We are thrilled to be working with Senator Perdue, Congresswoman Adams, and the bipartisan HBCU Caucus to forge meaningful partnerships that will connect us with tech and music talent emerging from our nation’s HBCUs.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.