FBI Jackson Works to Advance Partnerships with HBCUs
JACKSON, MS—The leadership of the FBI Jackson Field Office hosted a discussion with representatives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) this week to identify ways to foster more genuine, long-lasting relationships that will help build trust in law enforcement and increase diversity in the FBI ranks. Educators from Rust College, Jackson State, Alcorn State, and Tougaloo College met with Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby to share ideas and upcoming opportunities where the FBI can further engage in open dialogue with students and faculty.
In early 2022, the FBI Jackson Field Office hosted the first regionally held event at Jackson State in support of the FBI’s nationwide partnership with HBCUs, known as the Beacon Project. There, SAC Fomby committed to open and consistent dialogue with HBCUs throughout the state of Mississippi.
“Diversity is at the core of the FBI and is critical to the organization’s success,” said Fomby. “When people look at us, they need to see themselves. If they don’t see themselves, it’s harder for them to trust us. My team and I are committed to showing these students that there is a place for them at the FBI.”
“I wondered early on what would come of the Beacon initiative,” said Dr. Lashanda Jordan, Executive Director of the Career Services Center at Jackson State, “but the FBI has exceeded my expectations. Now we must take action and work with the Bureau to remain engaged for the benefit of our students and our community.”
“To be successful, the FBI must be consistent,” Dr. Melissa McCoy, Director of Career Pathways / Career Services at Tougaloo College. “SAC Fomby has always been passionate about this initiative, but I am now confident that the FBI will keep its commitment under his leadership, and work to build understanding that will help our students succeed.”