N.C. A&T Partners with HanesBrands Through $2M Investment in HBCUs

By Staff Report / 01/13/2022 Academic Affairs, College of Business and Economics, College of Science and Technology

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Jan. 13, 2022) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been awarded a four-year investment from HanesBrands, a global leader in iconic apparel brands, to provide opportunities for underrepresented minorities and build a pipeline of diverse future talent.

The $2 million investment is being shared among three historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): North Carolina A&T, Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design and Winston-Salem State University.

It will provide scholarships, internships and mentorships for  students, as well as grants to support research in the areas of smart manufacturing and sustainable textiles. At N.C. A&T, this investment will directly support students who are studying information technology, supply chain management, finance and marketing. 

“We’re proud to partner with HanesBrands, not only in student support but on industry-relevant research,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “This partnership will give students industry and research experience that will lead to rewarding careers of impact after graduation, as well as growing a stronger workforce for HanesBrands and North Carolina more broadly.” 

“Inclusion is at the core of who we are as a company, and we are committed to creating opportunity for all,” said Steve Bratspies, CEO of HanesBrands. “Our partnerships with these HBCUs are part of HanesBrands’ legacy of investing in our communities. The scholarships and internships that are part of this program will ensure that students have opportunities to acquire the education and experience necessary to succeed and will help build a diverse and inclusive workforce.”  

This new partnership support HanesBrands’ commitment to improve the lives of at least 10 million people by 2030 through diversity and inclusion initiatives, health and wellness programs, improved workplace quality, and philanthropic efforts that improve local communities. To learn more about HanesBrands’ commitment to people and 2030 goals, visit HBISustains.com.  

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