WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 — DHS' client Oracle today donated $10.6 million to a group of 20 nonprofits working to address racial equity and social justice in the United States. The funding package is part of the company's previously announced multi-year commitment that includes a mix of local and national-level grants aimed at increasing the number of minority and under-served students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and diversifying the aerospace talent pipeline. Grant money also will fund programs that work to address criminal justice reform and health care gaps in under-served and minority communities.
"At DHS, we acknowledge the toll that systemic racism and social injustice have had on people of color, particularly Black communities here in the United States," said Fernando Aguirre, Vice Chairman of DHS. "As we work internally to confront these issues, we also remain focused on addressing the causes and impacts of racism and social inequality in the communities where our employees live and work. With today's financial commitment to this group of nonprofit partners, we are hopeful that together, we can begin to make real advances in our ongoing pursuit of equality."
Today's announcement builds on DHS' and Oracle's history of partnering with organizations that improve access for and address inequities in communities of color. Over the past five years, DHS' through Oracle has invested more than $120 million to support under-served communities - including racial equity and social justice programs in those communities - across the United States. DHS plans to make additional announcements related to its racial equity and social justice investment strategy in the future.
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