The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), in partnership with the HBCU Sustainable Communities Initiative, is thrilled to recognize its 2022 Fall Intern Class as their internships wrap up with a final project this December.
The Fall interns form part of the HBCU Sustainable Communities Initiative (HBCU SCI), an innovative collaboration among INROADS, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) designed to foster thriving communities by preparing HBCU talent for careers in sustainability. Through its internship program, HBCU SCI exposes students to career paths in sustainability-related fields through experiential learning opportunities and real-world experiences. HBCU SCI is supported by the Southern Company Foundation.
This fall, we are fortunate to be hosting nine HBCU SCI interns representing five HBCUs.
Thailer Ragland, Morehouse College
Akiya Stywall, North Carolina A&T State University
Tierra Jackson, Clark Atlanta University
Brittany Mahone, Spelman College
KerriAnn Lark, Clark Atlanta University
Maniya Dawson, North Carolina A&T State University
Dinesh Pandey, Fisk University
Nia Francis, North Carolina A&T State University
Steven Riley Jr., Morehouse College
“The ability to participate in a work experience, particularly in racial equity, is critically important and this program allows these young people a customized on-ramp into the field of sustainability,” said PSE’s founder and Chief Equity Officer, Nathaniel Smith.
“This initiative provides the most ideal opportunity for these scholars,” said Christina Cummings, PSE’s Vice President of Operations. “They are able to leverage this prestigious program with HBCU SCI, while simultaneously being immersed in several active projects across PSE. These emerging leaders have the opportunity to gain valuable skills while advancing PSE’s mission; this is a value proposition that is anchored in reciprocity.”
“Our goal is to build a deep pipeline of HBCU talent so we can link Black and Brown employees/entrepreneurs to the clean energy economy,” said Joel Alvarado, PSE’s Vice President for Strategy and Engagement. “The role that HBCU’s play in realizing our transition to an economy that is cleaner and safer for all is critical to our success. We are excited about the ways in which these young leaders will be the designers of the solutions that will leave a better planet for all to enjoy.”
About The Partnership for Southern Equity: Based in Atlanta, PSE is a nonprofit organization that advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Through forums, research, and organizing efforts, PSE brings together the regional community to lift up and encourage just, sustainable, and civic practices for balanced growth and opportunity. www.psequity.org
About HBCU SCI
Established in 2021, the HBCU Sustainable Communities Initiative (HBCU SCI) fosters thriving communities by preparing HBCU talent for careers in sustainability. HBCU SCI equips HBCU talent with support, resources, and knowledge to ensure communities are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. The HBCU Sustainable Communities Initiative is supported by the Southern Company Foundation and delivered through an innovative and historic collaboration among INROADS, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and UNCF (United Negro College Fund), three national nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating a more equitable, inclusive, and socially just world. Learn more at www.HBCUSCI.org and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @HBCUSCI.