UNCF and Netflix CEOs Discuss Urgency of Supporting HBCUs

KIPP Foundation podcast addresses why support is crucial to the fight for equity and justice.

For the KIPP Foundation’s December podcast episode, Co-founder Dave Levin welcomed two Foundation Board of Director members, Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF President and CEO for more than 16 years; and Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix.In June 2020, Hastings donated $120 million to UNCF, Spelman and Morehouse College, the largest-ever gift to support scholarships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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Dave leads a discussion with Lomax and Hastings about the importance HBCUs have in the college persistence rates of more than 1,700 KIPP alumni currently enrolled there, and why supporting these institutions is crucial in the path to achieving racial equity in our country.

On this episode, Reed Hastings calls for a doubling down on funding for education and housing and Dr. Lomax shines a light on how increased funding for HBCUs is a catalyst for change in educational outcomes of African American students and society as a whole.

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