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Diversity-Aimed Mentoring and Research Clusters
The CEO of the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corp (UNCFSPC), Aaron Andrews, credits his success to the mentoring he received at Morgan State University. Before mentoring, he says he was "an insecure, inner-city kid". Today he is the first person in his family to graduate college.
In his role at UNCFSPC, Andrews works for minority-serving institutions such as Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges and provides them with programs and services geared toward capacity building, training, and workforce development, largely with the help of federal funding.
UNCFSPC also focuses on the lack of minority representation in STEM, awarding fellowships, internships, and research grants to minorities in those fields. In addition, the organization has created "research clusters" to benefit HBCU's - partnering an HBCU with a mentor HBCU, a largely white institution, and a government agency or private business.