Critical Resource Support – Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative
Focused on the opportunity to achieve racial equity, social justice, economic opportunity, and upward mobility—Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, launched an initiative for transformational public-private partnerships.
The initiative is focused on solutions-driven, measurable strategies that produce equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for Charlotte’s communities of color, including bridging the digital divide, investing in six neighborhood corridors of opportunity, catalyzing employer commitment, and transforming Johnson C. Smith University for the future.
The $80M commitment to transforming Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) for the future is set to position JCSU as a top-tier HBCU by growing the university’s academic offerings, recruiting top talent through career-oriented incentives, and appointing a transformation leader who will champion positive change. JCSU’s transformation will build on its legacy of expanding educational and economic equity for increasingly diverse groups of students and position it as a leader in the talent development pipeline for the Charlotte metro region.