To support a college wide initiative to increase equity, SPSCC’s A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center (DEIC) launched a new Black Scholars program this fall. Investments from TwinStar Credit Union have aided in the impact these programs are having on students.
The Black Scholars program, a college program to help close equity gaps, was created to empower Black and African American students to navigate college and graduate by offering mentorship, community, and supports tailored to each student’s unique racial identity. The DEIC also offers an IGNITE program to support those who are low income, students of color, students with a disability, and students whose parents did not go to college.
TwinStar Credit Union has stepped up to provide funds and mentors to SPSCC students as they work to achieve their educational goals. The SPSCC Foundation has received $38,000 in 2020 from TwinStar to support the work of the DEIC and college.
Additionally, TwinStar staff members have provided professional mentorship to students in the DEIC’s Black Scholars and IGNITE programs by helping with resume building, interviewing skills, and financial literacy on budgeting, credit building, and investing.
“In response to our board of director’s Resolution on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the TwinStar Community Engagement team connected with our partner educational institutions to identify how we could better support their internal DEI initiatives,” said Corinn Wohl, Director of Community Engagement at TwinStar Credit Union.
“We’re grateful for the TwinStar staff’s willingness and readiness to engage with the 32 students enrolled in these programs in order to make a difference,” said Parfait Bassalé, SPSCC’s Executive Diversity Officer.