Today, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Dover, Delaware to participate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between USAID and Delaware State University. The MOU should promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development workforce. It also outlines the two institutions' commitment to working together in the research of agriculture-led economic growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security. This partnership is the most recent action under the USAID Minority-Serving Institution Partnership Initiative. Administrator Power was joined by President Tony Allen and Senator Chris Coons at the signing ceremony where they addressed an audience of students, faculty and researchers about the importance of this new partnership, supporting HBCUs, and diversifying the international development field to better tackle global challenges like extreme food insecurity and hunger.
Following the MOU signing, Administrator Power spent time with students on campus and met with faculty and student researchers. The Administrator toured university labs that showcase DSU’s work in the areas of water quality and food microbiology. The Administrator visited Delaware State University’s certified drinking water testing laboratory, as well as the water quality and food microbiology and microbial omics lab where she heard from students about their research and the real world implications of their work.