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2/4/22

New HBCU partnership adds to diversity-driven innovation 

Recent graduates from Simmons College of Kentucky, one of two HBCUs in Kentucky

Ensuring Humana has a diverse group of leaders is key to delivering the highest quality care for all the communities the company serves. Humana’s goal is to have a workforce as diverse as those it serves, where unique perspectives, ideas and experiences drive innovation and collaboration. To do this, Humana joined the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge, an effort to promote greater engagement and support between private companies and HBCUs. To date, 71 companies have taken the challenge. Humana’s goal is to build a pipeline for Black and African American students into careers with the company. 

 

"Growing diverse talent within our workforce remains a top priority," says President and CEOBruce Broussard. "Joining the HBCU Partnership Challenge is a meaningful step that further enables us to deliver on our human care strategy. This, coupled with our targeted recruitment efforts to attract and promote diverse talent, reinforces our commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level of the organization. While we've made progress, it's imperative we continue to push for positive change. Our employees demand it, our customers demand it, and it’s something we need to do today to be the company we want to be tomorrow.” 

 

This new HBCU partnership adds to Humana’s growth in balancing diversity in its workforce, enabling powerful innovation in a modern landscape. It works in tandem with other strategic objectives, such as Humana's commitment to anextensive list of diverse hiring and recruiting partnerships, including the OneTen commitment and alumni relationships with Howard University, Kentucky State University and others. As a part of the HBCU partnership strategy, Humana recently participated in Howard University’s 25th annual MBA Exclusive Business Conference.  This event provided Humana access to a pool of MBA students and increased Humana’s visibility on their campus. Douglas Edwards, Humana’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Associate and Business Solutions, gave the keynote address at this event, focusing his remarks on how Humana is responding to the changing needs of today’s diverse workforce. 

 

 

The Humana Foundation alsorecently invested$1.3 Million to Simmons College of Kentucky to build a high-quality online distance learning program.  Humana employees went above and beyond to make this project successful, by volunteering their time to support developing the tools that Simmons needed for their digital transformation.

By reflecting the vibrant diversity of communities within the company's walls and encouraging all employees to bring their full selves to work, Humana is creating a more equitable environment where employees and customers alike can thrive through mutual understanding.  Humana will remain focused on advancing diversity because it is integral to providing the best care possible and delivering on the goal of best health and lifelong well-being through human care. 

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