The following is attributable to spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:
On April 11, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Lorman, Mississippi, to participate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between USAID and Alcorn State University, the first black land-grant institution established in the United States, in 1871. The MOU describes the shared commitment between the two institutions to partner to undertake essential research on sustainable agriculture, climate change, science and technology. This partnership will also contribute to USAID’s efforts to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce by creating opportunities and pathways for Alcorn State students to engage in the Agency work and pursue careers in international development.
Administrator Power started the day by joining Alcorn State President Dr. Felecia M. Nave for the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony where they addressed an audience of students, of professors and researchers. The administrator celebrated Alcorn’s proud history as graduate students who went on to make significant changes in the world, as well as its cutting-edge research into sustainable agricultural practices, which university researchers have harnessed to help communities of the developing world. She also reiterated USAID’s commitment to recruiting new and diverse voices to the international development community among minority-serving institutions like Alcorn State.
Next, the administrator took a campus tour where she visited the Oakland Memorial Chapel, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest building on the Alcorn campus, as well as the memorial statue of the civil rights leader and alumnus. of Alcorn, Medgar Evers.
Administrator Power concluded her time on campus with a visit to the Alcorn State Mississippi River Research Center. Students and faculty spoke about the Centre’s expertise and cutting-edge research capabilities in sustainable agriculture and watershed management. Alcorn State students shared their ongoing research with the administrator and provided demonstrations of their work, including examples of how they measure nutrients in soil and assess groundwater contamination .