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The 50K Coalition and Terracon Foundation Announce Partnership

posted 03.04.2021

$50,000 Grant to Support Diverse Engineers Goal

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  The 50K Coalition and the Terracon Foundation announce a partnership between the organizations, intended to advance the 50K Coalition’s goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineers annually by 2025. The partnership was established through a generous $50,000 National Partner Grant from the Terracon Foundation.

The Terracon Foundation encourages employees to submit grant requests each year for organizations focused on education and the built and natural environment. To date, the Terracon Foundation has granted more than $3 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts.

“Terracon is honored to provide the 50K Coalition with a national partner grant,” said Laura Campa, P.E., chair of the Terracon Foundation and manager of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, office. “Despite past considerable efforts, African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans remain severely underrepresented among engineering degree recipients. Our entire society would benefit from greater equity, ensuring that all engineering minds can fully contribute their skills, creativity, and insight. The 50K Coalition is unique in that it offers a holistic, collective, and national approach that colleges and universities can employ to change the face of engineering in America.”

“The 50K Coalition is grateful for the Terracon Foundation’s support of our mission to produce 50,000 diverse engineers annually by 2025,” said Karl Reid, Ed.D., executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers, and co-founder of the 50K Coalition. “Through the generosity of the Terracon Foundation, we will be able to expand our network and identify and scale up efforts to dramatically increase the diversity of the engineer profession, leading to better solutions and ultimately, a better world.”

For more information about recent additional grants made by The Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/foundation/

The Terracon Foundation was established with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities where they live and work. Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.

The 50K Coalition is a collaborative of more than 60 organizations focused on a bold national goal: to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The coalition was formed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the nation’s preeminent diversity engineering organizations, which collectively serve more than 85,000 pre-collegiate, collegiate, and professional members.