Ubuntu Partners with Swipe Out Hunger to Address Food Insecurity
In 2022, more than 65% of Ellucian employees actively participated in events focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These included internal discussions on understanding bias and allyship, as well as engagement opportunities offered by our 11 active Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Ellucian’s Ubuntu ERG, committed to impacting change and elevating Black voices, actively contributes to Ellucian’s diverse culture with events and resources throughout the year. Notable activities include a session with guest speaker Shola Richards, who provided insight into how companies can build and sustain a compassionate workforce. Other events and learning activities recognized and celebrated Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their traditions, and book clubs provided a space to celebrate and discuss Black authors.
In 2022, Ubuntu made a commitment to elevate Black voices and address the issue of on-campus food insecurity by partnering with Swipe Out Hunger, a nonprofit that works with over 550+ higher education institutions of which a significant portion are Ellucian customers.
By ensuring students meet their basic food needs, the Ubuntu Swipe Out Hunger campaign extends Ellucian’s commitment to advancing student success. Ubuntu’s campaign exceeded its goal of $10,000 to raise $21,000 in donations. When joined by Ellucian corporate contributions, Ubuntu’s fundraising efforts raised a total of $46,000 in 2022.
Swipe Out Hunger’s Executive Director Jamie Hansen shared the following about Ubuntu’s efforts:
"The partnership between Ellucian and Swipe Out Hunger highlights what is possible when two communities dedicated to upholding equity and justice listen and learn from one another. The team at Ellucian is as diverse as the students and campuses Swipe Out Hunger serves. Through our partnership, you have the opportunity to turn to your neighbor and help remove the barriers of higher education attainment. Your investments in our mission provide direct hunger relief support to students today, while also advancing our advocacy efforts aimed at supporting students experiencing hunger tomorrow. This partnership will have an impact for years to come!"
Ellucian is dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture that celebrates differences, attracts diverse talent, and inspires an open environment in which all employees can do their best work. Throughout the year, we seek and share opportunities to cultivate equity both internally and externally.
The 2022 Ellucian Impact Report shares our commitment to supporting student success, building an inclusive culture, reducing our impact on the environment, and making a positive difference across critical issues important to our company and communities.
Read more stories about how Ellucian is making a difference in the full Impact Report.