ATLANTA—Morehouse College has received a $1 million grant from the Ernst & Young Foundation to support teaching and learning online.
The grant funds will be used to upgrade the computer network infrastructure, to evaluate and implement new technologies that will enhance the student experience, and to transform traditional classrooms into collaborative hubs like those in the tech industry.
The Ernst & Young Foundation stimulates and supports excellence in higher education, creating pipelines to careers in professional services. The foundation selected Morehouse to receive a $1 million grant because it supports the mission of the College to develop men who are focused on academic excellence, leadership, and service.
“For well over a century, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have envisioned a better world. It’s more important than ever to listen to them, amplify their teachings and support their essential work to help aspiring professionals progress through equitable education opportunities,” said Kelly Grier, EY US Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner. “Morehouse College not only supports our goal of increasing opportunities for Black and African American students in the profession, but also shares core values of inclusion, trust, caring, and respect.”
“The Morehouse College academic program has been offered online since last spring as a safety precaution during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said David A. Thomas, President of Morehouse College. “Our robust virtual curriculum will continue to grow even after the pandemic. The Ernst & Young Foundation gift will help Morehouse to improve the online learning experience for our current and future students.
“I would like to thank the foundation for their generosity and look forward to their continued partnership in this endeavor,” Thomas continued.
Founded in 1867, Morehouse is the nation’s only HBCU focused on educating men. The liberal arts college has a nationally-acclaimed business program and is the top feeder school for Black men entering Harvard Business School. Morehouse is also the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs, with five Morehouse Men receiving the honor. The College educates 2,200 students.
As the national epicenter for thought leadership on civil rights, Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which have created disparities in income, employment, health, housing, and educational opportunities for people of African descent.
“The COVID-19 pandemic caused many institutions to pivot quickly to online learning resulting in a heavy financial burden. On behalf of EY, the Ernst & Young Foundation is pleased to invest in Morehouse College and help support their technology infrastructure,” said Sam Johnson, EY Americas Vice Chair – Accounts and member of Morehouse College’s Board of Trustees. “As a proud alumnus, I challenge others to live the values of leadership and service that were instilled in us as students and support this important institution as it continues its longstanding history of educating the next generation.”
Monique Dozier, Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement, said the gift supports Morehouse’s commitment to offering a world-class education for its students on campus and online.
“I would like to thank the Ernst & Young Foundation for its $1 million gift to Morehouse College,” Dozier said. “This investment in online teaching and learning will help us to improve technology and continue to take the Morehouse experience beyond the borders of our historic campus.”
Since it was founded in 1937, the Ernst & Young Foundation has contributed more than $300 million to charitable organizations. Its programs and initiatives include: the EY Academic Resource Center (EYARC); grants in support of diversity recruiting to individuals, universities and groups; gift matching of EY people to US accredited, non-profit higher education institutions; annual awards for outstanding teaching and outstanding research; and more.
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“For well over a century, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have envisioned a better world. It’s more important than ever to listen to them, amplify their teachings and support their essential work to help aspiring professionals progress through equitable education opportunities.”Kelly Grier, EY US Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner