Celebrating Black History Month with our Harambee Network
“BLACK. ENGAGED. EMPOWERED”. That’s the motto of Harambee, Jacobs’ black employee network, now celebrating their 9th Black History Month with a series of social and professional development events.
The term “Harambee” comes from the African Swahili word meaning “working together in unity” – and that’s exactly what our network of black professionals and allies is here to do: attract, retain and develop exceptional black talent to help drive better and more innovative solutions for our clients and our projects.
With black men and women making up 12% of the workforce in the U.S. but only 5% of STEM industries (U.S. National Science Foundation, 2017), Harambee is committed to increasing the number of black professionals in our industries and increasing minority representation in Jacobs leadership positions.
Since 2010 Harambee has grown from a local chapter to over 700 members across five continents. Supported by members of our Executive Leadership Team, Jacobs partners with organizations such as NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and COMTO (Conference of Minority Transportation Officials) with one of our leaders Freddie Fuller II recently elected National Chair of the latter’s board of directors and Jasmine Narcisse named COMTO’s 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year. We also have a number of strategic relationships with colleges and universities across America, organizing and attending STEM events as well as partnering with both our clients and organizations like INROADS to develop young black talent.
Celebrations for this year’s Black History Month range from community outreach events right through to happy hours and soul food potlucks. Also central to this year’s program is a series of “Courageous Conversations” – webinar discussions with black Jacobs leaders and members of our Executive Leadership team aimed at empowering people to advocate for themselves in the workplace.
Black History Month is one of the highlights of the Jacobs calendar, allowing us the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of black men and women not only in the industries that we serve but across the spectrum of science, humanities and the arts.
We believe in recruiting the brightest and best black talent in the business, so why not come and meet our Harambee leaders at #NSBE45 and find out how you can grow your career with the world’s leading solutions provider?