Hudson Continues Support of FSU, HBCUs

March 6, 2019
Hudson Continues Support of FSU, HBCUs
WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a member of the bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, recognized Fayetteville State University and its innovative and effective STEM programs that help equip students with the skills and knowledge they need for their future careers. Rep. Hudson delivered an opening statement at the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection Subcommittee hearing on diversity and inclusion in tech.  
The bipartisan HBCU Caucus, founded by Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), educates Members of Congress and their staffs about the importance of HBCUs, helps craft bipartisan legislation that levels the playing field for HBCUs and ensures that HBCU students and graduates have equal access to 21st century opportunities.
To watch Rep. Hudson’s opening statement, click here.
The transcript of Rep. Hudson’s opening statement is below.
Thank you for recognizing me and I would say that today, we have an exceptional panel of witnesses here to examine inclusion and diversity in tech. I am proud to represent a district that has many institutions of higher education that have recognized the value a diverse workforce brings to the table.
As a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus, I’ve seen firsthand how these institutions greatly contribute and prepare our students for a 21st Century workforce. Fayetteville State University is a prime example of this leadership.
Because of their great track record, they are a recent recipient of a $2 million grant for the project ‘Strengthening Student Success in STEM.’ The project at Fayetteville State University seeks to build on previous successful efforts to increase the participation of African-American students in STEM disciplines through education and research.
Additionally, we will examine ways to include other groups of individuals including service-disabled veterans and military spouses. My district is home to the Epicenter of the Universe, Fort Bragg, home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces. Our community is no stranger to supporting these groups and we understand the value that they bring to our community.
Many businesses and entrepreneurs in the tech space have started in our community, including RLM Communications, a minority owned and service-disabled veteran owned small business which has repeatedly been recognized for its outstanding work.       
The fact is that a variety of experiences and perspectives yield better results. That is exactly what diversity brings to the table. That’s why I’ve been proud to work very closely with Chairman Rush the past two Congresses on the issue of diversity in our 21st Century energy economy and preparing our students for those jobs, particularly minority students and disadvantaged groups. And I look forward to working with my colleagues on this important issue here in the tech industry as well.”
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