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Highlighting Historically Black Colleges & Universities

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This Black History Month, Southwest Airlines is honored to highlight Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Created with the mission of educating Black Americans when other options weren’t available, the rich history of the HBCU experience is still relevant today.

We’re kicking off our month-long video series sharing the experiences of Southwest Employees who attended HBCUs, starting with Southwest Sr. Customer Experience Planner Bershun Devereaux, who describes his time at Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia as feeling like “family."

Identifying HBCU Talent through our Diversity Center of Excellence is a top DEI priority for Southwest. Our Talent Acquisition Team recently partnered with HBCU First, a nonprofit organization that serves students from over 50+ HBCUs to provide students with career support and networking opportunities with companies such as Southwest. Bershun served as a mentor to the HBCU students on behalf of Southwest.

HBCU First student participants had the opportunity to participate in a Case Challenge where they presented a business case to Southwest Leaders and Mentors, providing solutions for “Preserving Our Company Culture” in today’s environment.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with HBCU First this year as we engage more students for internships and early career opportunities.