Boeing has teamed up with Southern University and A&M College to work together on NASA's Space Launch System program. Southern is a historically black university and the partnership is intended to encourage diversity in the sector. (Dec. 23)
JOHN SHANNON: Boeing has participated for quite a while as a large company with NASA's Mentor Protege Program. And we approached Southern University and A&M College to see if they would be interested in it.
SAMUEL WASHINGTON: Well, it's extremely exciting for the university for being a historically Black college and university. We're a land-grant institution. We're the largest land-grant system in the country. And it's just exciting for our engineers to actually be allowed to work for a large firm such as Boeing.
JOHN SHANNON: What we have found-- you know, one of our foundational values is equity and diversity and inclusion, and Boeing feels very strongly that each member, especially diverse members of our global team, will really bring something uniquely valuable to Boeing.