(12/16/20) – TikTok announced $1 million in funding to eight HBCUs as a part of their ongoing commitment to healthcare workers and academic institutions that serve underrepresented students with programs focused on public health professions in the medical and healthcare fields. The social media platform donated a total of $10 million to 10 academic institutions, including 8 HBCUs that serve minority students. Each school will receive $1 million in funding to support undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students pursuing medical careers or other health related fields, helping to ensure the success of future Black, Latinx, and Indigenous health heroes.
The gifts benefits Xavier University of Louisiana, Tougaloo College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, South Carolina State University, Laredo College, University of South Dakota, Florida A&M University, Delaware State University, and Virginia Union University.
“Healthcare workers are the heroes of the global pandemic, and deserving heroes within the TikTok community,” said Belinda Frazier, Head of Culture and Diversity, TikTok North America. “The TikTok Health Heroes Relief Fund was created to support their efforts and we are honored to be able to continue our commitment to the healthcare community. We believe the next generation of health heroes should be reflective of the world around us and we are proud of support medical and health education programs that serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students.”
2020 has been a difficult year for many, but through it all there’s been an unwavering symbol of hope and humanity shining through: healthcare workers. From epidemiologists to doctors to surge staff, front line healthcare workers are deserving heroes across the country – and theses health heroes are equally lauded figures within the TikTok community, which is part of why TikTok donated $150 million earlier this year through the Health Heroes Relief Fund.
“Many Xavierites have excelled to become the health heroes that are in high demand during the global pandemic,” said Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana. “This gift from TikTok allows talented young women and men with dreams to sharpen their gifts and succeed at becoming change agents in our community and across the nation through education.”
“We are grateful to TikTok for recognizing the power of everyday health heroes like the one we are developing on our campus in combattling the COVID0-19 pandemic. The University’s Public and Allied Health Department, chaired by Dr. Robert C. Mason, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michelle Fisher RN managed a small army of employee and student volunteer who came out every test day – rain or shine – to administer the 35,000 tests necessary to keep us all safe. There were dozens of them on duty every day, and these are our heroes.”– Dr. Tony Allen, President of Delaware State University
According to a 2018 article in Harvard Business Review, Black people make up 13 percent of the US population; but only four percent of US doctors and less than seven percent of US medical students self-identify as Black. In a qualitative study of Black students’ perspectives on careers in medicine in the Journal of the National Medical Association, students reported financial constraints as one of the major barrier in pursuing a career in medicine. We believe investing in the next generation of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous doctors, nurses, pediatricians, surgeons, and other essential health care workers is one of the best ways to invest in the future of America.
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