Dr. Karrie Dixon, Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University and Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of the Coast Guard 5th District, examine a drone with professor Kuldeep Rawat, director of the ECSU aviation science program, during a campus tour Feb. 14, 2019, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup)

Increasing Diversity: USCG, HBCUs Meet for Summit

More opportunities for students and increasing diversity among members of the U.S. Coast Guard are the focus of a summit underway at Elizabeth City State University.

The 2nd annual U.S. Coast Guard and Historically Black College and University Training and Leadership Summit kicked off Wednesday morning in ECSU’s STEM Complex. The two-day event is focused on the Coast Guard’s partnership with several HBCU institutions, including ECSU, in the service’s effort to increase diversity among its workforce.

Among the key officials attending the summit are Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander; Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commanding officer of Coast Guard District 5; and presidents and officials of at least six other partnering HBCU campuses, including Hampton University, Bowie State University, South Carolina State University, Virginia State University and Norfolk State University.

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